Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Wholesome Writing

By Cindy Williams|@nutritionchic

Why do we write? What is our purpose? Is it to entertain, inform, persuade? Is it to gain respect, renown or recompense?

I decided to take a look at the Bible to see what the authors said about why they wrote what they did.

John wrote 1 John so that ‘those who believe in the name of the Son of God’ might know that they have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)

He wrote Revelation because God told him to: ‘Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.’ (Rev. 1:19) 

Revelation brings a blessing to those who read it – the only book in the Bible to make such a promise: ‘Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.’ (Rev. 1:3)

Jude, the half brother of Jesus, planned to write ‘about the salvation we share’, but through the Holy Spirit he felt he had to instead urge his readers to ‘contend for the faith.’ (Jude 3)

Have you ever had a time, like Jude, when you wanted to write one thing but felt you had to write something else?

This happened to me with my latest book. I wanted to write a novel based on my grandfather’s diaries penned in the hospital tents and lice-filled dugouts of Gallipoli, Egypt, Salonika and France.

But through prayer I felt I had to write about the John 4 woman at the well – a story I had little interest in. It turned out to be a time of fascinating research and fun writing: who were (or who could have been) those five husbands?

 For me, it is Peter’s reason for writing that resonates the most strongly: ‘to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.’ (2 Peter 3:1) Wholesome thinking – the phrase warms my heart and lifts my spirit.

For many years I have written to inform and inspire people to wholesome eating. Now the Lord has given me an opportunity to write novels, an opportunity to stimulate readers to wholesome thinking, an opportunity sorely needed amidst the junk-food thinking that so often prevails.

As writers who follow Jesus our words can be more hopeful, more healing, more wholesome than the largest platter of kohlrabi, cabbage or kale!

 Author Bio

With degrees in Nutrition, Public Health and Communication Cindy has worked for many years as a dietitian for sports teams, food industry, media, and as a nutrition writer and speaker.

Her first novel, The Pounamu Prophecy, was short listed for the 2016 Caleb Prize.

She writes a blog - - stories of health, history, food and faraway places.

Cindy grew up in a culturally rich part of New Zealand, singing the songs and hearing the stories of Maori. She lives in Sydney with her husband and son, writing stories of flawed women who battle injustice... and sometimes find romance. 


  1. What a beautiful way of expressing yourself, Cindy. I too, love Peter's reasons for writing.

  2. Hi Hazel, I only discovered Peter's reason while researching for this blog! There's always something new to discover in the Bible - I love it!!

  3. Hi Cindy. What a wonderful resource to have, a diary from the trenches with such strong family connections, though such a tragic event. I can see why you'd wish to write the story, though the Spirit had other promptings (for now). Look forward to reading your book.