Adrian and I visited the Big Bang Data Exhibition in London over New Year. For a non-geek it was far more interesting than I'd anticipated. One of the exhibits was a diagram of a slave ship. From reading Roots a few years ago I knew that conditions on slave ships were horrific but this diagram showed 'the unbearably tiny spaces allocated to the slaves onboard'.
This diagram obviously made a significant impact on the people of its day. There was power in seeing and reading about the conditions that helped abolish the African slave trade.
For myself, certain books have changed the way I think. John Grisham's The Street Lawyer opened my eyes to the fact that homeless people are just like me. Their lives have as much value as mine. They shouldn't be considered worthless or invisible because they are different to me. These ideas percolated for a few years (I can sometimes be quite slow on the uptake....) but God used a novel to bring about a change in my heart. I eventually got involved with my church's food bank and my eyes were opened further to the fact that people exactly like me - and some had been better off in the past - were needing emergency food parcels because of circumstances beyond their control.
Another book that changed the way I think and consequently where I buy clothes (and other items) is Refuse to do Nothing by Elisa Morgan and Shayne Moore. It's about the modern-day slave trade and how my choices can make a difference.
Words are powerful. Jesus Himself is called the Word of God, and He upholds the entire universe by His word.
That's a challenging thought - the words we write can change things.
Mandy Baker Johnson is a self-employed medical secretary who enjoys blogging and is working on an autobiographical book about deliverance from darkness and being healed from cerebellar ataxia and ME/chronic fatigue. She enjoys volunteering with a Christian charity working with women in the sex industry.