Today’s guest post is by Michelle Griep, author of the new book A Heart Deceived—which, for today only, you can get for only 99₵!
That which is real has being in itself. It does not depend upon the observer for its validity.
Whether you agree or disagree with this statement, it makes for some great debate—and it might just change your life in the process. It’s also a theme that runs throughout A Heart Deceived, a gothic story of faith and, ultimately, hope.
Miri: faith is an all-or-nothing game
The heroine of this story, Miri Brayden, knows about God—but that knowledge doesn’t fill the emptiness inside her, nor bring her any sort of security. At the same time, Miri has never seen a real sea-faring vessel before, yet she believes they exist. Faith in a mere ship’s existence means nothing, but if she has an urgent need to travel to another continent, a ship is the only way to go. She has to decide to act on what she believes to be real, and not only to seek out that ship, but to get on board and test that belief.
Throughout this story, Miri is put through a series of heartbreaking events that force her into talking with God on an intimate level. She then realizes that if she’s going to believe in God, it’s an all-or-nothing game. Much like the sea-faring vessel she has to put her faith in, she concludes that if God is real, he has every right to influence and direct her life—and that humble stance makes all the difference in her life.
Ethan: faith is about relinquishing control
Hero Ethan Goodwin is a control freak. After growing up under the influence of an overbearing and unloving father, he now lives life on his own terms. Unfortunately, those terms lead to an opium addiction that’s nearly the death of him.
In a chance encounter with Reverend John Newton, Ethan admits that he doesn’t believe in God—and finds out that just because he believes something isn’t true doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The idea is new to him, that whether or not he knows God, God knows all about him. It’s a sobering thought, especially in light of his debauched lifestyle.
John: faith is truth
A Heart Deceived is considered historical fiction, but there’s nothing fictional about John Newton. He was a living, breathing sinner saved by grace. Some of his dialogue in the book uses direct quotes. This isn’t one of them:
However, after researching the man, I have no doubt he would’ve said it. Newton came to the Christian faith after leading a rebellious lifestyle, which made for one tender-hearted pastor who told it like it was—direct, yet compassionate. He wasn’t afraid to speak truth, but he did so in a way that made you think.
And that’s the purpose of A Heart Deceived: to rattle your cage and make you dig deep into the truths that you hold. Believing in God’s existence is one thing—putting your life in his hands and trusting him is quite another.
It’s called faith.
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