Christian Themes

(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

The Journey is a handbook for Christians, particularly those who have only recently embarked on the journey toward eternal life. Graham says every human being begins the journey at birth and ends it at death. Between life and death there are numerous paths, or decisions, that individuals must take along the way. Individuals who choose “the narrower and less traveled path” have chosen to become a Christian. Individuals can leave the path they are on in exchange for the Christian journey whenever they like. When they do make the decision to become Christians, their lives are completely changed and enriched.

Christians do not travel alone. Instead, they have God to guide and keep them throughout life’s journey. Having God’s help and guidance, however, does not mean that the Christian journey is free of trials, temptations, sin, and disappointments. In fact, a Christian’s life might have just as many obstacles as the life of a non-Christian. Yet, the Christian’s journey is different from everyone else’s. A Christian has God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible to turn to in times of trouble. The Bible is equipped with promises from God that Christians can use to motivate themselves. It also has answers to questions about God’s will for an individual’s life. By reading the Bible, praying, attending church, and enjoying the fellowship of other believers, Christians can accumulate strategies, such as awareness of wrongdoing, repentance, and constant communication with God, to combat the wiles of the devil, who attacks from within and without. The Christian also has faith, hope, and love to ease difficult times throughout the journey. The Christian’s greatest strategy involves focusing on the ultimate goal available at the end of the journey: eternal life in heaven. Graham says the journey is a marathon, not a sprint, and individuals must pace themselves to make it to a victorious end.