Occasionally, I like to post a personal message here on The Vessel Project. Today, I am prompted to do just that.
In case you’ve ever wondered what the purpose of The Vessel Project is, read on.
When I started this site in 2008, my husband and I were studying what a ‘vessel’ truly is. While pondering this, he dubbed the new website I was building as ‘The Vessel Project’. A vessel is a container. It receives something and then pours what it receives out. For instance, consider your favorite coffee mug. You pour coffee in and then pour it out, or in this case, drink it.
This is what I hope to do with The Vessel Project. I discover great free and deeply discounted Christian books and then pour that information out onto this site. But there is more it than simply notifying you of great Christian books. It has to do with eleven year old girls or any child that loves to read.
I’ve always been an avid reader with a particular response to the books I read. I ‘experience’ books more than simply read them. Fictional stories, Gospel teaching, books about facts or memoirs or any other kind of books, they move me. I have a grand imagination so when it is sparked by a great storyline or teaching book, my mind ponders the story or the teaching for a long time after I put the book down.
When I was eleven years old, I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. Not being raised in a Christian home, I lacked the support and discipline a Christian home provides. If there were more Christian books available (free or paid), I might have learned sooner what surrendering your life to Christ meant. For instance, I might have read ‘Not a Fan‘, ‘Crazy Love‘, or ‘Ragamuffin Gospel‘ and gotten a good idea of what authentic Christianity was. Or, I might have read ‘Lord Foulgrin’s Letters‘ or ‘The Veritas Conflict‘ and learned (in a fictional way) who my enemy was and peak into his diabolical ways. Those are just a few of the books that might have shaped my opinions.
The main reason The Vessel Project continues is because there might just be another eleven year old girl (or boy or grown up for that matter) out there and I want to provide them with the best books on the planet. Not just any book, mind you, but Christian books.
Christian books deposit truth in the reader. You don’t find that with non-Christian books. You might find the concept of love, mercy or grace in a non-Christian book but it is generally not attributed to God as the source. Christian books open the flood gates to spark imagination in the reader and not just about a theme, but about the most high God. When a Christian author pens a story or a teaching book, what we read is the Gospel of Jesus Christ shaped by their life experiences or their imagination. This is why Christian books are the best books. They are the Gospel (blended into a story or teaching) using the imagination of a surrendered heart and produce wonderful stories and life lesson teachings.
So, just in case you wanted to know. That’s what we’ve been trying to do since we started this site in 2008. We hope you enjoy this site and pass it on to your friends. There is nothing more beautiful to me than to see a mind engaged in a Christian novel or non-fiction book. And John 21:25 tells me, there could be some great Christian books coming in the future…
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”
~ John 21:25
Repost: Original date February 2013