Currently I’m reading Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle. She insists all story is truth. Going beyond the genres of fiction and non-fiction, the heart of anything worth reading speaks truth into our lives.
This seems to be in direct opposition to how my mind considers the word “story.” I struggle to call the chapter I’m writing for Foothills Voices a “story” because its non-fiction. Still, to earn the creative label, the telling should be compelling enough to be considered a story.
What about Bible stories? I’ve heard some say referring to the “characters” and “stories” suggests that the Bible isn’t accurate or is akin to fairy tales. L’Engle even sites her first accusation of lying described as “telling a story.”
Yet L’Engle, through her book, insists that stories must be true, even if they are fictional. Truth makes the difference in a compelling story and words merely taking up the page. Her best example? Our Savior speaking in story to relate truth to those around him. The parables may not have been tales of historical events, but still they embodied truth.
I’m still working out what this means for everyday life, but love the freedom this perspective provides. Whether I chose a literary novel or super hero television show, I can find truth all around me. I don’t think its too much of a leap to celebrate when these things help us see The Truth in the every day.
This book seems to be much loved by the writer friends I follow online. Have you read L’Engle? I’d love for you to share in the comments one way you’ve seen truth in story this week.