Where did you get the ideas for the "chair of honor" and the reverence for the Bible box in Safely Home?

Safely HomeQuestion from a reader:

I know that Safely Home is a work of fiction though some aspects of the life of the persecuted church in China are true. I’m wondering if the “chair of honor” and Li Quan’s wife’s deep reverence for the box the Bibles came in, though, were based on some family’s real experience.

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

The box was based upon an experience a friend of mine had in Moscow back in 1990 where they were passing out free Bibles to people. They had run out of Bibles and a man saw one of the empty boxes and asked if he could have it. Even though he couldn’t have a Bible he wanted to have the box because it had held the Word of God.

The chair was something I made up.


Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries