She is the New York Times bestselling author of “Divergent” and “Insurgent”. Over 4 million copies of the novels have been sold. The first book in the Divergent series spent over 50 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers List and is currently being made into a film by Summit Entertainment. She is also the recipient of the Goodreads Favorite Book of 2011 award and the 2012 Goodreads winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction. The “Divergent” trilogy will conclude with the third book, “Allegiant”, which will be released on October 22, 2013.
She is a Christian who seeks to provide a role model through her books to many young girls “who are growing up and trying to figure out what it means to be female/feminist in a post-feminist world.” Even though she writes for a broad audience, she has never hidden the fact that she is a follower of Jesus Christ. And she often includes questions about faith in her characters’ lives in her books.
In a post on her blog, she wrote: “You can summarize Christian teachings in two parts: crucifixion and resurrection. Brokenness and mending. My concern with many Christians is their refusal to acknowledge brokenness. It’s all fine and good to walk around thinking “I’ve been saved!”, but seriously: saved from what? Sometimes I wonder if they even know, or if it’s too uncomfortable to think about.
“I believe the resurrection has little significance unless you understand the crucifixion — and vice versa. We Christians need to understand both to the best of our abilities. And our belief is that the crucifixion happened because of sin — everyone’s. I try to think primarily of my own sin, because it reminds me not to get self-righteous. My sin. Mine. Just as much as anyone else’s.
“The world is broken. No matter how much time you spend covering your eyes, and covering your children’s eyes, the world will still be broken when you uncover them. And when I say the world is broken, I mean that bad crap is happening to people everywhere and people are doing terrible things everywhere. Do you want your kids to understand just how beautiful the grace of God is? Then they have to understand how crappy the world is. It’s not just “a good idea.” It’s necessary.
“The world is broken, and we need to know that. We need to understand how damaging sin is or we’ll never understand why we need to turn away from it, and fight against it with everything we have… We can talk about how sometimes the world is broken but we believe in a God who wants to mend it, and we are His hands and feet; we get to help.”
Her name is Veronica Roth.
This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Veronica Roth gave her life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer:
Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!