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Subject: Why Should a Christian Write Fiction?
Date Posted: 1/23/2012 3:59 PM ET
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I cam across this article and thought that I would post it here:

Why Should a Christian Write Fiction?

What do you think?

 

Date Posted: 1/25/2012 3:15 AM ET
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I have never really thought about the issues that the article brought up.  I am a readaholic.  I generally read more than one book a day. My reason for reading Christian fiction is simple.  I am not looking to be "discipled" or anything thing like that.  I am only looking for a well written book that is free of profanity and sex.  Those kind of books are nearly impossible to find in secular fiction.  Today I finished reading "The Bishop" by Steven James (clean but gruesome) and  then I read "Blue Heart Blessed" by Susan Meissner.  Both were good books but I can't say they made a spirtual impact on my life.



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Date Posted: 1/26/2012 4:50 PM ET
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I think this is a great issue to contemplate. I think Christian writers should use their talents in the same way as other Christians--as God directs. As long as we seek God's direction, the end result will be the correct one.

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 12:04 PM ET
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My reason for reading Christian fiction is simple.  I am not looking to be "discipled" or anything thing like that.  I am only looking for a well written book that is free of profanity and sex.  Those kind of books are nearly impossible to find in secular fiction. 

My sentitments exactly.  I'm a very religious person, and religion has a big part in my life, but I'm not necessarily looking for that in all the books I read.  I'm fairly new to the whole Christian fiction genre, mostly because my favorite YA and historical novels are getting too "spicy" for my taste.  But if a book gets overly "preachy" I don't enjoy it either. Books with characters that have strong religious/moral tendencies are great.  But books written for the sake of "teaching" feel heavy-handed to me. 

I guess I'm just looking for books with great plots and good characters that are clean.  I don't need to clutter my mind with all that other junk. 



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Date Posted: 1/27/2012 12:15 PM ET
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Truthfully, it is the same question for a lot of people that are involved in different types of ministry.  Who do we want to target, to reach out to?  Those who know Christ but are struggling and need a helping hand or those that don't know Christ and believe that they don't need to know Christ.

I think that there is room for both and it is up to the author to know which route God would have them take with their writing.

Melinda mentioned Steven James books.  I have read the whole series and there is very little 'evangelism'  or religious reference in his books.  He does however, in the little that is mentioned, show characters who are truly trying to figure out how to deal with an issue.  I think that it was in the last book, The Queen, where Raven, his step-daughter, is struggling with the issue of forgiveness and does so in a realistic way.

There is a new book coming out in Feb., Accused (Pacific Coast Justice) :: Janice Cantore and recently I read a review of the book and an interview with the author.  The review was from a member on PBS who has a blog that I subscribe to where she reviews CF.  In it, she stated that the book, to her, was very preachy.  When I read the author's statement, she explained that she was writing the book to reach out to those that didn't know Christ and wanted to do it in a way that wasn't preachy.

So sometimes even when the author doesn't consider it very evanglistic or 'preachy', readers might.

I know of a few PBS members who say that they don't read Christian Fiction but then I notice some of the books they have read or on their WL are CF.  Sometimes they are reading it and don't realize it.

Like Melinda, I read it mostly for good clean stories,  Don't have to worry about language or sex in them.

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 3:45 PM ET
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I agree with you Cynthia. I think authors write for different readers. There are some books that I don't care for because they are fantasy. But that doesn't mean another reader won't enjoy them.

There are some books that I have a problem reading because of being too descriptive or something that I don't think should be in there. But I am single and never been married. I might have a problem over something like that when a married woman wouldn't have a problem reading it. Does that mean the author shouldn't put it in there? Not sure but I know there are many good books out there that I enjoy it and I just look past that. I have even had books by the same author that I read and wondered how the same author wrote them!

And personally I like a preachy book:) I don't want to just read a romance book to escape, but I want it to have something that will help me. I review a lot of books and see a lot of different stories, characters, plots, etc.  But that is where I am somewhat different than a lot of readers. Yes I want them clean, but I want them to be helpful too.

Excellent article Cynthia! Brings to light a lot of what the authors are trying to do.