Peace Through Fiction by Nicole Eva Fraser

PTF logoDo you think Evan Leighton is a stalker—or a good guy looking for love in all the wrong places? And how about Julia Atwater—is she an innocent flirt or a shameless manipulator? The one sure thing is that they both love Julia’s teenage son Hunter—then a surreal accident changes the course of all their futures.

Evan and Julia may touch your heart, they may frustrate or infuriate you, but you’re guaranteed to recognize someone you care about—even yourself—in their story.

It’s hard to tell the heroes from the villains in my new novel, I Don’t Think It’s That Simple, coming in March from Second Wind.

That ambiguity plus the provocative subplots make  I Don’t Think It’s That Simple a great choice for book clubs and any readers who are looking for a new experience.

Peace Through Fiction, the creative reading method I developed, is a clear and easy framework you can use to guide a book club discussion of  I Don’t Think It’s That Simple or any novel you choose.

Peace Through Fiction uses the reading theory called “text connections.” Text connections happen when the reader makes a personal connection between the story and something in their own life. You read deeper, and find more meaning, when you make real-world connections from fictional characters to yourself in real life.

If you use Peace Through Fiction with the novels you read, it can change the way you think about the real things in your life. It can change the way you react to other people, and the way you handle your life experiences. Along the way, you become more peaceful, and you bring more peace to the world.

The simple method is based on classic principles of reading, conflict resolution and dialogue. I’ve researched Peace Through Fiction by studying with educators in related fields.

Peace Through Fiction is portable—the directions fit on one piece of paper. You can use it with any book, with any age group, and any level of literacy. It is easily translated into any language.

Peace Through Fiction directions
  1. Read a novel
  2. Think about the Peace Through Fiction questions and answer them by yourself (journaling about your answers), or in a dialogue with a reading group or in the classroom.
Peace Through Fiction questions

POSITIVES: Which character did you like best and why? How does that character remind you of a person you like; of yourself; and of a person you dislike?

NEGATIVES: Which character did you dislike most and why? How does that character remind you of a person you dislike; of yourself; and of a person you like?

WORLD VIEWS: Which character reminds you of someone famous who interests you? In what subject is this real-life person involved?  Regarding that subject, what could you personally do to increase peace within yourself, and between yourself and other people?

Click here to get the 1-page handout.

Peace Through Fiction® is available for noncommercial use under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Click here for details.

Nicole Eva Fraser is the author of The Hardest Thing in This World, released by Second Wind Publishing in October 2013, and I Don’t Think It’s That Simple, forthcoming in March 2015.


Filed under books, fiction, How To, writing

4 responses to “Peace Through Fiction by Nicole Eva Fraser

  1. Interesting. I plan to share with both my book groups. Thanks.

  2. Interesting. I plan to use it with my writing group too.

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