Words by Brittany Pettinger
God has spoken to me through many different things: people, dreams,
and sometimes visions. At one point, He even spoke to me through a
fictional novel that I read back in October 2016. The novel was called
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I will not go into much detail as to what
it’s about — you’ll have to read it to truly understand the plot.
I read We Were Liars at a time when I felt lost and distant from God. I
finished it over the course of 24 hours. As I reached the end, I put it
down with tears in my eyes, and hope in my heart. This story is not at
all one that is “happy-go-lucky,” but God somehow found a way to use
a piece of fiction to break down the barriers I had put up. The story
focuses on a broken family that has become so full of jealousy and
greed that they are on the brink of being torn apart. But through all
the chaos, there is hope. Four young individuals want to build their
family back up.
God took this piece of fiction and unlocked something inside of me.
The broken family I read about made me feel so much more aware of
how important it is to cherish what I have. Emotions that I had refused
to acknowledge came up to the surface. I suddenly felt like I could make
a difference in the same way the characters in this book were trying to
do. I do not know why God chose this particular book to speak to me,
but I do know that He never makes mistakes, and does everything for
Just because We Were Liars brought me some inspiration, it does not
mean it will for everyone. However, prepare to be surprised by God. In
the Bible, He spoke to Moses through a burning bush (Exodus 3:1-4),
He spoke to Saul through a bright light (Acts 9:1-5), and He even spoke
to Balaam through a donkey (Numbers 22: 22-40). If you ever think
that God is not speaking to you, think again. He loves us, and He is
constantly speaking to us. Take the time to listen and see what awaits
you. I promise, it’s worth it.
Influential book or album? The album Brave New
World by Amanda Cook, because it opened my eyes to
the beauty God has created, and the journey He has
prepared for me.
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