The Bond, posted by Maureen Lang

Have you ever met someone and discovered you shared something special in common? Like your faith, or even a favorite sport’s team? How about when you discover someone you’ve just met is a reader, and you’ve read the same book—and more importantly, you both enjoyed it?

More than likely there is an instant sense of shared experience. Although it occurred entirely separately, you both inhabited the same world an author created. You’ll know what they mean when they say – “Wasn’t that something when such-and-such happened?”

We’re human beings created to be relational, and part of that is a natural sense of camaraderie over a shared experience. That’s probably why I love going to women’s retreats and writer’s conferences. We’re all there because the venue or the topic specifically appealed to us—so we have that in common.

That’s why I’m so thrilled to be both a reader and a writer. I love the chance to enjoy the bond of story worlds from many angles. When a reader tells me they enjoyed one of my books, or felt as if they identified with one of my characters, there is an instant bond.

So now I’m off to bond with some characters . . . and if I’m lucky, I’ll meet someone who will enjoy the same story world and that bond will spill over to real, live people!

One last word that has nothing to do with The Bond but everything to do with today’s date. Happy Leap Day! I remember the first time I was aware of this date. I was in grade school, perhaps 3rd grade or so. We had a birthday celebration for someone who’d technically turned either 2 or 3 years old, because that was how many “official” birthdays he’d had so far. At the time I thought that was funny and a bit sad, if that was how few parties he’d had. Now that I’m in the 50-plus group, I find myself somehow wishing I’d been a leap baby. Think how young I’d be! Funny how our perspective changes over the years…


About Maureen Lang

Author of a dozen novels, Maureen Lang has won the Selah Award, a Holt Medallion, FHL's Reader's Choice Award, and been a finalist in such contests as the Christy, the Rita, the Carol, Book Buyer's Best, and others. Before publication she was the recipient of a Golden Heart and a Genesis (then called the Noble Theme). She resides with her husband and kids in the Chicago area. Titles by Maureen Lang All In Good Time Bees In The Butterfly Garden Springtime Of The Spirit Whisper On The Wind Look To The East My Sister Dilly On Sparrow Hill The Oak Leaves Remember Me Pieces Of Silver
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2 Responses to The Bond, posted by Maureen Lang

  1. Patricia says:

    Thank you for this post, Maureen. It really reaches for, and touches my heart.
    Yes, I have been fortunate enough to have the experiences you describe.
    Some have turned into life long friendships, others have lasted for two or three days.
    But, for those two or three days, hearts meet, and the effect is long lasting.
    Even me ‘finding’ your post tonight, when I clearly needed to read/hear your words.

    Oh, how the Spirit works……



    • Maureen Lang says:

      Amen, Patricia! It really is the Holy Spirit at work when He leads us to certain things, isn’t it? It truly is a blessing to be made in God’s image, so we can enjoy the places He leads us to. 🙂


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