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Sin and "The Fault In Our Stars"

posted Jul 30, 2014, 12:26 PM by Jeff Gravens   [ updated Jul 30, 2014, 12:26 PM ]
“The Fault In Our Stars” is a young adult book written by John Green.  The books popularity has led to a major motion big picture.  I just checked the New York Times bestseller list – the book is #1 in its genre and has been on the list for 84 weeks.  The movie is still in theaters and at this point has grossed $237 million on a budget of a meager $12 million.  I’d say the story is a tremendous success.

The book is written from the perspective of a teenage girl who is fighting cancer.  She meets a boy.  She falls in love.  I won’t let out any spoilers.  The book will not go down in history as the work of a literary genius.  Yet, it’s a gripping story.  A story that teenagers (especially teenage girls) apparently love.

I don’t normally read young adults books.  In fact, this is the first young adult book I’ve read since I was a young adult.   I don’t even read works of fiction very often.  Yet, I picked the book up on the recommendation of a friend – “you need to read it.” 

I admit that the book entertained me.  I was breezing through the pages thinking, “This is a good but forgettable book.”  Then I came across a line that forced me to straighten up and pull out a pen.  The storyline led the main characters to Amsterdam seeking answers to a few questions (no spoilers) when a local tells them,

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom.  And in freedom, most people find sin.” 

Wow! On page 157 of a young adult work of fiction comes a poignant statement about sin.  That is a message for all of us – young and old alike.  We have freedom.  We can use that freedom to seek sin.  Or we can use that freedom to seek the things of God.  I pray that you seek the latter. 

Please know that I pray for you often.  If I can do anything to help – please let me know.

(Note: The book contains language and content that I don’t find suitable for young adults.  I have not viewed the movie and cannot speak to its language or content.  The movie is rated PG-13.)

Grace and peace,

Jeff Gravens