What Did I Say?

When people speak, words tumble out unleashed into the lives of those who are listening. It’s much the same when writers give their creativity free rein on the page. The difference is that writers can rethink their words before anyone else has an opportunity to absorb them.


I was pondering the impact of words when I came across Noel DeVries’ recent post on the Novel Journey website. She quoted C.S. Lewis:

We must attack the enemy’s line of communication. What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects–with their Christianity latent.”

Noel went on to say, “It’s all very well to preach embed your faith, but can it be effectively practiced?”


I have just finished revisions on my current w.i.p. and Noel’s question made me think about what kind of a story I’ve written. It is definitely not a Christian novel but I do see subtle indications of Christian witness in the lives of some of its characters. Is this what she means by “embedding” my faith? If so, it was not intentional.


So does that mean our words, whether spoken or written, may have a purpose entirely apart from what we intend? That’s an unsettling thought!



Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

One thought on “What Did I Say?

  1. Interesting quote from Lewis! I think our faith gets embedded in our creative work whether or not we intend it to happen. We probably can’t help having our real selves become part of our work. Thinking about my WIP, it’s definitely not a “Christian novel”, yet the themes that have emerged include forgiveness, hope, and redemption. Go figure…. 😉

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