These days, there are all sorts of ways to tell a story, share a message, or teach a lesson or lessons, from podcasts to YouTube videos to talk radio to television talk shows. You can hear the messenger, and you may even be able to see the presenter. So what is it about a book that makes it different, compelling, and extremely important?
With the other mediums like radio and TV, you hear the presenters. You ingest their tone and inflection, and if through a visual medium, you watch their body language. You receive the message in the way they convey it through their voice.
With a book, however, receiving the message is different. A book is something you read where your inner voice speaks to you through the words. You interpret it on your level and many times, based on where you’re at in life.
A book allows your imagination to run freely. It allows you to picture perceived images in your mind about the message, the setting, the characters, the plot, and the story. If you’re reading a cookbook, you can envision yourself cooking the meal in your kitchen. If you’re reading an inspirational faith-based book, you can visualize yourself walking the path to reach the spiritual fulfillment you seek. If you want to get healthy and lose weight, you can see yourself in skinny clothes. If you love a good whodunit novel, you can picture the gumshoe detective, the cold dark alley, and the insidious murderer lurking in the shadows. However, if you watch this crime thriller on television, you see the characters and setting through the eyes of the director and screenwriter. If you hear a radio host tell you how to lose weight, you use their voice to visualize the effects. Basically, writing a book is a powerful tool to tell a story or share a message because it allows the readers a lot of freedom in the privacy of their mind.
Even better, you don’t have to wait for the replays and reruns. You can just pick that book back up and reread it or sections anytime you like.