For the first time in quite a while, I’m not reading any fiction books. Oh, I’m reading…just not fiction. Nothing, well…um…fun. So I thought I would take this opportunity to share my favorite fiction book of all time. Its the one I go back and read (usually about once a year) just because…
This is a Newberry Honor book from 1983. I don’t remember how I came to read it, I probably checked it out of the school library based on the cover (which used to be much cooler). Actually, strike that. I probably bought it at a bookstore based on the cover. Because I still have this worn out paperback copy.
I remember the first time I read the book that I thought it was going to be a snoozer because the first chapter contains quite a bit about the heroine and her thoughts on orange juice. But it quickly picks up when a strange desert king comes on the scene and ends up kidnapping Harry (our heroine).
I remember wishing that I could be Harry, swept up into some fantastic adventure involving magic and swords (the horses are cool too). That’s why I read fantasy then and while I still read it now. The yearning for adventure and for there to be more to me than meets the eye.
Now that I’ve read the book at least twenty times and my thoughts on life, adventure, swords, and magic have changed as I’ve ‘matured’, I realized that the book isn’t too different from the Christian walk. Yearning after fantasy is just another way of yearning after God. After all, He is supernatural. And He has called each of us to our own adventure. All books, in one way or another, epitomize the fight between good and evil. The fantasy genre is just able to show the supernatural side of the battle a bit more clearly. The adventure is living in the moment and trusting God to show you your next step. Our blue flaming sword is prayer. Faith is the magic to move mountains, or to drop them on the bad guys at just the right time.
Of course, this isn’t a Christian novel, nor was it meant to be. It’s just a story written by someone who touched my soul.
What about you? What is your favorite book of all time? The one you’ve read more than any other?