In my novel, The Runaway Pastor, there is a scene where Trent is asked by a new friend about his faith. Here is the question, and how Trent approaches his answer.
“Talk to me about your faith, Trent.”
She followed his eyes as he looked out over the sea and the moon, and toward the stars. “Love made all of this. Love so intense it reaches out to you and me and says ‘love me back!’ And I do. I love Love back. And Carman—that woman we met today lying on the street—has been so unloved, that Love begged me to love her. So I did.”
“That’s…that’s beautiful. I think. Does this love have a name, or a religious circle where it hangs out?” Kim asked.
“I think Love’s name is Jesus. And I’m not sure where He hangs out anymore.”
So what is your response to this method of Trent sharing his faith?
Will an answer like this ever meet the need expressed by the questioner?
Why didn't Trent use Jesus' name until pushed for the identity of "Love?"
Would you ever use such an indirect approach to answer such a question about your fatih? Why, or why not?
I've been wanting to get some feedback on various sections of the book, so here is an invitation for you to start a conversation.
Are there any other snippets of the novel you'd like to see discussed?