Over the past few weeks, between moving, school work, devotions and work, I have had a lot of time to do some recreational reading. Sometimes it doesn’t quite work out too well because I get distracted by the television or a video game, but thankfully I don’t know how to properly navigate the cable where I am and my gaming system isn’t hooked up, so that frees me up to either sleep in my free time.
I chose to read.
I know, I’m a nerd, but whatever. I’m proud of it.
Anyway, I have had the benefit over the past few weeks to work my way through Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series. The series and supplemental novels amount to around 20 books in total and, for those of you who are unaware of the focus of the series, it follows three major characters: Richard Rahl, Kahlan Amnell and Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander (Zedd, for short). Richard’s journey entails learning to be the Seeker as well as a war wizard, which is a wizard born with Additive and Subtractive magic. Kahlan’s journey entails learning to be the Mother Confessor and the last living of all Confessors and how, through her love for Richard, can focus her power and magic to help save her homeland, the Midlands. Zedd’s part in the tale is as Richard’s grandfather, a Wizard of the First Order, the most powerful order among wizards. Zedd is the last living Wizard of the First Order, and, while powerful, is not near as powerful as Richard. Zedd’s part runs all over the place, from aiding Richard in defeating a powerful foe to helping bring magic back to the forefront in the world.
Now, on to the main reason for this post:
I have learned a lot about God and how best to live our lives for God through these books. It’s weird, but the more I read, the more I see God, whether or not Terry Goodkind intended it.
Much of the dialogue and the thoughts to which we become privy through the writing reveal so much and have taught me more.
I believe wholeheartedly that we can find evidence of God in secular literature. While it should not be used as the sole source for learning about God, secular literature can help us learn how God moves among unbelievers. He even reveals Himself through their writing.
It is essential, however, that we filter secular literature and media through the Holy Spirit and we keep on guard that we are not led astray from our faith.
I will be spending a few posts focusing on some quotes and lines from Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series and leading us closer to the truth of God.
Until then, keep the faith.