I wanted to thank you so much for all the books that you’ve lent me to read. They have all been an interesting new challenge.
As we seem to hardly ever have time to discuss the books you’ve lent me, I’m wondering if you would mind a written discussion? I would especially love to talk over the Jodi Picoult books. I think that her style of writing is extremely engaging. She has also managed to capture people in their raw state with all of their involved emotions. She had me wanting to find out what happened to her characters.
But by the closing chapter, I felt rather empty, rather as though it was all vain. It seems that none of the characters in her book had any real answers and had not grown in anyway. They seem to have been lost in sorrow and failings.
The world depicted in her books gives no hope for the morrow, no encouragement for its inhabitants. There is only anguish and pain with no fulfillment in the end. How can one believe that that is all there is to life?
Do you feel that the world presented in her books is the real one? One that seems rather hopeless, almost as though we have no purpose in this world except to suffer or cause pain to others or even ourselves? There was so much pain in her novels that no one understood that they had any responsibility for or believed they had caused. Is this the way that life is or even ought to be? If we have no hope, no responsibility, no purpose, than what is the point of life?
Ought we not to be asking something more of our literature, of our authors? Anything that promises so much, yet leaves with so little should be quite the disappointment to any reader. I so wish that she had been able to communicate to the world the truth, beauty, and goal of life that is achieved through sorrows, hardship, and even sin. Had she been able to do so, I feel she would have had so much more of an impact with her books. An impact that would have given so many in the world answers to their own struggles.
Her problem is in the fact that she leaves God out of her equations. When there is no God, there can be no hope, no answers, no real life. People and characters are left empty and unfulfilled. If Jodi Picoult had managed to even give a small glimpse of God in her books her characters would have had so much more vibrancy and triumph over their pain, even when it seems that there is no victory.
If we can be satisfied with a world without God, even in our fiction, what else are we just getting by with? God gives us purpose and meaning even to the horrible tragedies that occur in life. When the world exists to give Him glory and to fulfill His unfathomable purpose, even the horrible events that occur are used to bring about His ultimate end for the world.
I do appreciate the loan of the books, but I do so wish that she had a better worldview presented in her books. I hope that you can understand all human need for God, because we were created for Him and by Him.
Thanks so much,
Please note: The books that I read and am referring to are: 19 Minutes, Keeping Faith, and Handle with Care all by Jodi Picoult. I understand that she also wrote the book that is the basis for the movie My Sister’s Keeper. As I’ve not seen or read either, I would recommend extreme caution when reading or seeing either based on her other works.