My colleagues, Barbara Mutch and Paddy Ducklow, love their novels! I, stick-in-the-mud that I am, prefer non-fiction. Well, a recent book review in Macleans magazine says that my two friends may be on to something. There is a new movement among doctors and counsellors to prescribe reading, especially fiction, as a form of therapy in place of counselling. (Come to think of it, Paddy may not like being right is this case . . .) There is something about the act of reading a story that can be restorative for many. Interesting to think about–and, yet, it should not entirely surprise us as Christians. After all, our faith is communicated to us through the Word and one of the titles for Jesus is the Logos or Word. Healing indeed!

Axel Schoeber
I teach Supervised Ministry and Baptist Identity, and I shepherd the Graduate Internship Program for pastors new to the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. I follow current affairs and, as an old soccer coach, I love a good game, particularly if it involves the Vancouver Whitecaps or the German national men’s team!
  1. Paddy Ducklow
    Paddy Ducklow Reply
    I am thankful that you have finally come to your senses -- just when I start reading history and biography. Good to interconnect.
  2. Axel Schoeber
    Axel Schoeber Reply
    You are reading history??

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