A writer friend posted this on our critique group recently. It's good news for writers, but also very true. I remember C.S.Lewis said (quoting a student) "We read to know we are not alone." Reading is good therapy.
September 2011 issue of Prevention magazine displays this note on page 53:
A Novel Therapy
Feeling lonesome? Grab a book! New research proves that relating to fictional characters creates a satisfying sense of belonging.
I pray that my fiction will not only help people to feel a sense of belonging, but a sense of belonging to God. I pray they feel His presence as they read and know that He desires a real/interactive relationship with them.