Understanding Christian Fiction


Christian Fiction Should do More...

It is my understanding, as both an author and a reader, that Christian fiction should do more than offer stories of make believe or fantasy.  Christian fiction should also exercise a caution That is tempered by reverence and to not to be too frivolous with the Word of God.  That is, Christian fiction that bends and twists the Gospel, yet still claims to be the Word of God should be avoided.  Any story that takes the Word of God and attempts to inject it into a tale of mystical or fantastic elements should be cataloged in the realm of science fiction and not Christian fiction.

The Narrative and the Characters...

The narrative and the characters of Christion fiction should be based on situations that the reader can relate to and identify with.  Christian fiction should be composed of plausible stories that deal with the difficulties of being a professing and practicing Christian in a world that tends to be hard and unforgiving.  These stories should contain characters that are caught in circumstances that are ripe with opportunities for faith filled decisions.  The stories written as Christian fiction should do more than entertain the reader, they should also offer the reader opportunities for growth and maturity.

We Should Model Ourselves After Christ

It is my intention that the characters and circumstances found in my writing, be as real as they are readable.  As the characters are confronted with tragic circumstances the reader can immediately relate to the range of emotions that arise.  The story outlines the process of how an unforeseen tragedy seems to only give birth to other catastrophic situations.  It is quickly learned that professing to be a Christian is easy, but practicing being a Christian can be difficult; especially in the midst of crisis.  In the end, though, it is determined that it is these challenging situations that really afford the characters the opportunity for Christian maturity and faith filled decision making.

If you have recently lost a loved one or are in a situation where you are harboring a desire for revenge, then it is my sincere prayer that these stories will be of some help.  In order to move on after the death of a loved one you need to have two crucial elements: time and effort.  Too often, time is all we have.  That is to say, that many times we simply mark days off on the calendar with little or no advance toward the goal of healing.  Effort is something that comes from deep from within us.  Effort comes from the same well-spring where we find courage, strength, and the ability to trust and rely on God.  Each day we should take another step, albeit sometimes a small step, toward a place of healing: otherwise, time has only further wrapped her cruel arms around us. 

The same goes for mustering up the courage and trust for forgiveness.  If you have been wronged or are harboring feelings of anger, especially when related to a loss, you need to develop a strategy to seek reconciliation.  Anger is a malicious contaminant to the soul.  Nothing can rob one of joy quicker than anger.  It is impossible to be angry and joyful at the same time.  As Christians we should seek joy.  We should model ourselves after Christ.  It can be done.  

Happy Reading!!