I came early to the conclusion words held power. They swept my emotions, made me feel things—long for more.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Sue Barton Student Nurse novels, and Nancy Drew mystery’s—all led me to believe I could do and accomplish great things.
Words sway. And the misuse of them speaks as well. Often it is necessary to look deeper to determine what is at stake.
I remember reading Watership Down by Richard Adams in 1975, first published in 1972. Written for his daughters, from stories he told them, Watership Down has been described as an allegory, with the labours of Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, and Silver “mirror[ing] the timeless struggles between tyranny and freedom, reason and blind emotion, and the individual and the corporate state.“ Adams draws on classical heroic and quest themes from Homer and Virgil, creating a story with epic motifs.  Wikipedia
College campuses and small groups of young people met and debated the relatable topics, moved by the plight of the rabbits. We all wanted them to find a place where they might happily live out their lives with their families.
Stories teach timeless truths. Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and even Alice in Wonderland prompt healthy needed discussions. The Shack by William P. Young comes to mind as well. Our book club read The Shack, and though we moved on to read other books in the following months—our discussions kept coming back to The Shack. Why? It stirred us in ways we needed to be stirred. I know one who threw the book across the room in fury, shouting it was heresy, and yet many wept to learn of a compassionate God that might love them as told in this books pages.
When I am looking for direction, I turn to the word of God, my Pastor’s message notes, and then words written by writers I respect. Max Lucado, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, John I. Snyder, Erwin McManus, T.D. Jakes, Thomas Merton, Andy Andrews, Francis Chan, Brennan Manning, and many others. Worship songs as well remind me of truths I can stand on.
I am grateful they all pressed through the challenges of rejections and rewrites. Because their words are published, I glean the wisdom from their life experience.
Who has influenced you throughout the years? When did you find words had power?