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Crisis, Conversion and You: The New Frontier

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As already mentioned a forehand (I seem to grow fond of using that previous word), I want to point out a development of the fiction frontier i.e., the life of a Christian writer. While I am not the biggest fan of the ‘conversion narrative’ of Christian fiction, I am beginning to notice a change in the areas of this genre. Remember that novel that I review a couple months back, you know, Most Likely?

While I have had the opportunity to read and check his book, I also had the chance to look at his blog and his helpful commentaries on the concept of the biblical Messiah. Even though I neither inquired about his philosophy about Christian writing nor read his entire manuscript, I can assure you that he began exploring an entirely different aspect to the field of Christian writing. Part of that includes the understanding for the reader to understand what it really means to be Christian.

Conversion is only half of the battlefield; walking and aligning with God is another thing, but that’s just one aspect. What about exposing others for their sins? How about resolving conflicts at Church? Who are the other heroes besides the church leaders? These are the other areas which Christian writers (like me) are beginning to explore and to write about. I think too many people are placing stock in the field of just writing for the sake of evangelism not realizing there are multiple ways to make Christian writing better.

Parker

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2 Comments

  1. ME Brines says:

    My fantasy e-novel The Four Horsemen has a Christian worldview but it’s not your typical Christian novel. For one thing it’s first person in the viewpoint of an “unsaved” person. But the most important difference is the point of the book is that character’s hero’s journey. Typical “:Christian” novels the unsaved person is the goat that the hero has to save, not the reverse. C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has the unsaved Eustance Scrubbs to be the focal point of the book and it was interesting. But typical “Christian fiction is as didactic as the same sort of story but from a Communist or cultist point of view. Fiction is about a good story, not following a formula to a pre-conceived conclusion to validate the reader’s worldview.

  2. haparker321 says:

    Yeah, and I agree. Unfortunately, the impressions I’m left with (apart from good Christian writers like Lewis, Hawthorne, and Shakespeare) is that the book is nothing more than a elongated tract.

    What I would like is to see development of better Christian novels.

    Parker

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