More Than Just Books: Using Fiction to Help Young Girls Relate

Katie Michelle Simmons Laney, Ouachita Baptist University


In recent years, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of ministry settings. One such setting brought me in contact with a girl who was in a bullying situation. In her case, she related to me action taken in her classroom by her teacher at the urging of her parents. The situation had been remedied, but she was still dealing with the emotional repercussions of having been a victim of relational aggression. In my acquaintance with the girl, I knew she enjoyed reading. Therefore, she helped to inspire my original thesis idea of learning more about the messages that can be derived from reading fiction, the process of writing fiction, and the possible beginning of my own book to be used in bibliotherapy.