New followers! A while ago I humbled myself and begged for followers, so am excited to see two more. (LOL) What, don’t laugh at me! I’m not above begging *grin*
I’d just like to take a second to welcome my two newest followers, Jamie and Cindy! *waving hi!*
There were some great points brought up in the comments yesterday, and so I’m going to pick a few of them and expound over the next few days.
Let me first clarify, I don’t mind edgy Christian fiction. In fact, many would say my writing qualifies as edgy. My first book colors mostly inside the lines, but my second book, I feature an unwed pregnant woman, they go to a karaoke bar, and she is a recovering alcoholic. She curses a few times, but I only refer to it, not actually type out the ‘bad’ word. She is what we Nazarene’s would call “back-sliden,” AKA someone who was once a Christian but has fallen away from the faith.
I do want my fiction to be ‘real’ but only to a point. I get a lot of real stuff every day of my life, and when I escape to a book, it is NEVER real. It should have the facade of reality, but books should a.) always end happy (books that KRISTA reads should anyway!) and b.) have characters we care about. People sin, and yes, sometimes the story demands that we depict the sin. But, I loved how Billy put it, “paint things in light of the pain they bring to the soul rather than the pleasure they bring the senses.” Billy, are you SURE you don’t want to write fiction?!? Because that was very good!
I’d love to hear examples from everyone of books that you’ve read that do a good job at this. That depict a realism, but doesn’t put a stamp of approval on the sin.
I’ll start. Denise Hunter does a magnificent job of this. I’ve only read 2 books of hers, Surrender Bay and Convenient Groom, and Surrender Bay is the book that first comes to mind. At one point the heroine is drunk and half-naked in bed with the bartender. The key is, it is known that this is her low point. This isn’t a romantic, sexy part of the book, but a low, heart-wrenching spot where you see this woman at her very darkest, most desperate time. Instead of being aroused, you are shedding a tear as she grasps for anything that will fill her void.
You’re turn! Give me some good recommendations of books!
The first fiction books I read right after I became a Christian were Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series. I was just amazed that she could write characters that I enjoyed reading about that were still believable. There were many intense and difficult scenarios but there was also a point to them all, bringing about salvation for the MC and (as you pointed out that all novels should include) a happy ending. I LOVE happy endings! I just got Denise Hunter’s Sweetwater Gap so I am glad you pointed her out as an author you like to read. By the way, thanks for the welcome!
We all need to be obedient to what God is calling us to in our own our writing. Our voices and style will (or should) be as different as we are individually.
That said, I also believe we have a responsiblity to glorify God through our words. If he’s given us the talent, then we’re serving him by using it. So, each Christian writer should ask him or herself: am I promoting the fame of the One who gave me the gift?
If we’re not, then we need to consider what we need to change in order to do that.
Thanks, Krista for a thought-provoking discussion!
hey krista! i’ve been reading your posts to the course loop and thought I’d say hey! drop by my blog and be a follower, too! 🙂
Mary DeMuth does a great job of this. So does Lisa Samson. Very gritty and real, but not glorifying sin. But most assuredly showing Grace.
Such great comments and book suggestions!
Cindy, I haven’t read Sweetwater Gap yet, but am anxious to do so! let me know how you like it;-)
Jody, I love how you put that! Yes, we should be promoting the fame of God, no matter what we do!
Jeannie, Welcome! I’m loving the course loop this month, although the # of e-mails is a tad overwhelming… hehe!
Carol, I’ve not read any of Lisa’s books, believe it or not, but plan to read Mary’s Daisy-Chain book soon!
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