So where does the idea of writing fiction about ACIM come in? I think there are countless people who have yet to know the Course, or even to know it exists. A novel or short story can introduce those not yet acquainted. Fiction can extend ACIM's reach.
A story like Julia's Risky Decision might appeal to young women, or to anyone engaged in traditional New Age matters (if one can use the word “traditional” when speaking of New Age ideas). Or, a story about a guy named Paul who struggled with his young life and now works as a customer service rep might attract another group. Perhaps even the YA (young adult) audience.
The novel Computing Love reaches out to those who enjoy a bit of mysticism mixed with spirituality, a dabbling of romance and some deep dives that illustrate the main principles of the Course using everyday situations.
Even beyond "reaching out" to potential new ACIM students, writing fiction allows a writer to address current world situations from the viewpoint of ACIM. For example, Computing Love tells a story about what will soon become a serious threat to our way of life. Quantum computing. Consider that scientists at Google, NASA, our much-discussed NSA – as well as many other organizations around the world – are spending millions of dollars to bring a quantum computer to life. Once that happens, life will very likely change in fundamental ways. A few examples:
- Take a look at how worldwide banking could be threatened.
- Read how the NSA's $79.7 million program plans to use a quantum computer to “penetrate hard targets and to 'own the net.'”
- Learn why the people at Big Think said, “While a computer with those capabilities would in most cases be a triumph, it could also spell disaster if placed in the wrong hands.