Over the past few weeks’ two books have completely wrecked me.

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo and Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore.

Both stories are compelling, profound, and most importantly- true.

I have a hard time reading fiction.  I kinda feel like they’re a waste of my time.  (And yes, I realize I’m probably not in the majority here.)  I love real stories.  Stories about real people, real events, real stuff.  Any good writer can think up a great story.  But the truth?  You can’t fake that.

Stories have the power to influence and to change the way a person views life, and even the way a society as a whole thinks.  These two stories alone will forever change by the way I think about: life, death, heaven, God, compassion, poverty, homelessness, prejudice, the list could go on and on.

I was thinking through the power of a story yesterday, and I realized that while these two stories were happening, the writers didn’t know they were in the middle of a “story”.  I’m pretty sure that these three writers never thought they would publish a book much less wind up on the New York Times Bestsellers List.  They were just going about their lives, facing incredible challenges, and asking God what the heck was going on.

The difference is that they recognized their story and chose to share it.  And now their stories are changing thousands of lives.

What is your story?  Are you sharing it?