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I have been an avid reader from as early as I can remember. Since becoming a Christian in my early 20s, my passion for reading led to specifically Christian fiction and this has developed into reviewing them on this blog. I love reading new author's novels or author's who have not had many reviews or exposure and giving them much needed encouragement where appropriate.   
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Articles of Interest

Here are some articles of interest and encouragement regarding Christian Fiction: 

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The spectrum of Christian fiction literature is broad. Does it have the power to change lives? How responsible is the author for his work’s influence? How far is too far? Today’s fiction author is much more than a story teller, and the power of the pen has never been more available than it is today in a world obsessed with fiction.


Redemption in Christian Fiction by David N. Alderman 

While it’s easy to bring up discussion about the edgier content that usually isn’t ‘allowed’ in Christian fiction, there’s one in particular that I noticed people don’t talk about much: Redemption. Maybe it’s because as Christians, we assume that Christian fiction should have redemptive themes and redeemed characters by default.

But this isn’t really true, is it? The expectation is true, but is the reality true? Can we call it Christian fiction if the unsaved characters don’t find and accept Jesus by the turn of the last page?

How to write an Excellent, Well Written Book Review and Why by Pastor George McVey

I often see Memes on Facebook and elsewhere stating that the best thing a reader can do for an author is post a review of their book. How very true this is. Sadlynot many readers know the importance of this and, therefore, do not post a review. Readers can sometimes be under the misconception that once an author has published a book and it is on Amazon or on a retail bookshelf that everything is ok and that the book will sell and the author will reap in the monetary rewards for the months/years they spent toiling over all the steps and procedures needed to produce their book. In fact, the opposite is true.

To explain more, I have author and Pastor George McVey explain from his point of view, the importance of writing a review


It Takes All Kinds: On The Spectrum of Authors Who Write Christian Speculative Fiction by Tony Breeden

I've been writing on the Biblical Boundary Problem that Christian Speculative Fiction has developed since many of us tossed out the unrealistic standards associated with CBA/ECLA publishing houses.

In doing so, I identified two groups of authors by the fact that they either emphasize the Christian or speculation parts of the Christian speculative fiction equation. Those who veer more toward the speculation end of things, we dubbed Prima Speculative; those who felt more that speculation must bow to doctrine we dubbed Prima Scriptura.


A Theology of Horror (Biblical Foundations of the Horror Genre) by Mike Duran

A powerpoint presentation presented by Mike Duran and Realm Makers Conference 2015. 

What is Christian Speculative Fiction?


Finding and connecting with your audience is a theme that’s hammered into writers from the get-go. Discovering the right audience and delivering the goods is up there with “show don’t tell” and “write what you know” in the canon of writerly rules.
Which makes Flannery O’Connor such an anomaly.
O’Connor is routinely considered as one of the greatest Christian writers ever. Her books were included in Christianity Today’s Books of the Century. She won national awards and her books have remained in print since her death in 1964. She was an avowed believer, passionate and unashamed to speak or write of her faith, O’Connor’s work is often upheld as a standard for what religious fiction should (or could) be.
But despite her faith and the professional acclaim she received Flannery O’Connor did not write for Christian audiences.

Where’s the Lord & His Holy Spirit in fiction today? by David Bergsland

The new wave of powerful Christian fiction is really exciting. I can’t talk about how it’s manifesting in romance or mystery because I don’t read those genre. I would love it if those of you involved in those genre add your comments to this discussion. It is critically important.

The new 21st century Christian fiction is transforming readers.

What many Christian authors have either failed to realize or ignored is that we now can write powerful, life-changing fiction which is not toned down by the large publishers. As we prepare for the soon-coming King, we have a golden opportunity to be part of the Final Harvest with our fiction.

Sadly, most of the Christian fiction I read has little part in that.
How can I say that?
Don’t I realize how difficult this is?  
It will cut into my sales?
How can I reach the non-believer with blatant Christian content?

My answer to all of this is simple:
You are the creative author of your worlds


Greg Mitchell is interviewed by fellow author, Tim Johnson, and talks about his horror novels and the reaction he has had from fellow Christians and how this edgy, speculative genre fits into Christian fiction. 


Fallen Angels in Christian Fiction… Do they belong and what do we know about them? 
By Erin L. Pearson, author of Prodigal Lost: Oasis of the Fallen.

Consider me an enthusiastic reader of lesser known works about the world around us, at least when it comes to the epic battle between Heaven and Hell. Books that attempt to explore this invisible war have inspired me to write my own series, Prodigal Lost, which aims to transplant readers into the very center of this war spoken of in the Bible-a war that continuously wages around us to this very day.

Now, before you start waving the crazy flag on me, hear me out. Fallen angels are mentioned in the Bible, right? Lucifer, the leader of all things evil, is explained as having fallen from Heaven in the Holy Scriptures, right? So, what else can we learn from the Bible about the others that were said to have fallen with him? The Fallen, The Watchers, Demons, Devils and other Dark Entities…They’re a fascinating subject of discussion within our culture as well as our religion. But what do we actually know about them?


Poppy-faced Christian Prudes by David N. Alderman 

First, I want to debunk an attitude that I’ve come across one too many times now: Christian’s vehemently judging non-Christians for participating in edgy entertainment – books, movies, music, video games, etc. What’s even more annoying is when Christians vehemently judge other Christians for the same thing.

Christian Fiction's Bad Rap by David N. Alderman

Last Tuesday I posted about how some Christians stray away from any type of entertainment that doesn’t fulfill their idea of good Christian morals and ethics. Today I’m going to talk about my perspective of the state of Christian fiction in today’s society.

What Makes Christian Speculative Fiction “Christian”, Anyway? by Mirtika Schultz

Speculative refers to works of science fiction, fantasy, allegory, horror, magical realism, and other newfangled terms I tend not to keep track of. In general, it refers to that which is not “realistic” fiction. The world is not as we know it and the characters may not be human, or on earth. You may be used to some of the familiar tropes (elements, motifs, symbols) of the genre:

Christian Fantasy: Regaining Lost Ground  by David G Johnson

As I survey the landscape of both fantasy fiction and Christian readers, I am saddened by a trend happening across the nation. It is not a new trend, but a slide down a slippery slope that has been going on for nearly half a century. We have all heard the old adage about boiling a frog by putting it in cold water and slowing turning up the heat. A similar fate seems to have overtaken the legacy left by the founders of fantasy fiction. It is the secularization of the genre, and the alienation of Christian readers.


Discernment: Distinguishing between Fact and Fiction by David G Johnson

In some recent discussions online the question came up about why some mainstream Christian readers tend to veer away, leery of Christian Speculative Fiction which explores the gray areas. Here is my take on what may be going on, and I hope it will spark some readers to at least be open more to Christian Speculative Fiction without feeling that writers of this genre are in any way promoting new doctrine or beliefs. Just because we explore the gray areas in fiction, that does not mean it in any way takes us out of the mainstream with our actual beliefs, theology, or discipleship. 


How Dark Is Too Dark? by Mark Carver

Are there limits as to how dark Christian fiction can be? Where is the line between reveling in the darkness and using it as a tool to turn readers towards the light? Click on the title to read more.

Four levels of Christian fiction: A call for reality with our characters…

by David Bergsland, Author of Speculative Fiction.

Of course, most of you might say, “My characters are already real.” In that case, again for many of you, I have to say, “I’m sorry to hear that.” Surely we all realize that the characters in most Christian fiction today are barely Christian. My focus is Christian speculative fiction, as you know. Maybe romance is better, but I’ll bet not. Much is accepted in the name of escapist fiction.

I find the heroes and heroines in Christian speculative fiction fall into four groups: 

Clean books, vaguely good people
Old Testament believers
Evangelical believers
Full Gospel believers

A Creed for Fiction Authors by Paula Vince

Over the last couple of years, I've been sharing this creed I wrote with people when I think about it, and over the last week, I've been feeling it in my heart to share it on this blog, along with how the idea came to me.

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