For those of you who have read my latest book, The Red Siren, you know that the theme is taken from Matthew 13 and the parable of the seed and sower. Faith, the heroine in the story represents the seed that falls on the rocky soil
But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles Matt 13:20-21
This is a theme very close to my heart because I know so many people this has happened to. They get "saved" and are so excited about the Lord at first. They read their Bible, attend every church session and seem to be living atop the mountains. But then something happens, a prayer doesn't get answered the way they want, a tragedy strikes them or their family, and they shrink away in despair, wondering if God even exists at all. Most usually end up falling away completely from their faith and getting involved in other religions or becoming agnostics. It is so sad! I'm trying to figure out why this happens and what to do to correct it, or at least help save some of these people. That's why I wrote this book. I wanted to show the horrible path someone could take if they turned away from God and tried to fix things on their own. And I wanted to show how that someone could find their way back to God.
I think alot of this has come about because of the false "prosperity" gospel that's being preached in this generation. You know the one that says God wants you to be "Healthy, Happy, and Wealthy" When if you truly read the Bible, God's real goal is for us to be "Sound minded, Joyful and Victorious" Totally different things than what the world says health, happiness and wealth are. Anyway, I digress.
If you've read my book, I'd love to hear your comments on what things you remember that helped Faith return to God. Or if you have any other ideas of how to direct someone back into the fold, or stories of your own you'd like to share. I truly believe this is an epidemic among today's Christians, especially young people, who are looking for something real, not the watered-down version of the gospel so many churches preach.