Books have power. Books have the power to influence people. They have the power to change lives.
Indeed, the influence of a book is magnified when the book influences someone who influences others.
Grammy Award winner and hip-hop artist, Lecrae, talks about the influence of books in his own life in his autobiographical song “Non-Fiction”. In this song, Lecrae says:
Shortly after I got a hold of Tim Keller’s books
Man I promise you it’s like my whole life changed
Andy Crouch wrote a book about culture-makin’
And after that I had to make a slight change.
Timothy J. Keller is an American pastor, theologian and Christian apologist who has authored a number of books. Andy Crouch is the Executive Editor of Christianity Today and the author of a number of books.
If you are an author, then you are an influencer. The words you pen have the power to influence others’ lives. When the influence is Gospel influence, God is magnified.
While you might not be an influencer on the level of Tony Evans or Kay Arthur, when you author a book, you still become an influencer. You influence those individuals who read your book—whether that is 50 people or 50,000 people. When the people who read your book are themselves influencers, your influence trickles down to their audiences. The effect is that your influential reach is multiplied.
I encourage you to take this responsibility seriously. Use your words to build others up and point them in directions that lead to Eternal peace. Then the blessing of God will be upon your books.
Take heart. Your message has an impact on those who read your books. Such is the power of the written word.
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