Monday, November 24, 2008

It is not uncommon for Christian writers to receive strong negative reaction against their books. Especially if they mention faith either as a characterization, plot sequence, or even cover art. Meanwhile the writers of sci-fi, fantasy and horror books are full of pictures of demons, pentagrams, and other occult symbols and often filled with descriptions of pagan ceremonies and magic.
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Consequently, Christian writers are often timid in writing their stories, thinking that they won't be published or that their work will be scorned by editors who fear the Christian viewpoint may be too much like a sermon. A fear that is not completely unfounded since there seems to be an almost intentional effort to misunderstand or misinterpret Christian writings by a gang, made up of the usual suspects, who come off looking very regal and scholarly as they drag Christian books and writers through the mud. . However, Christian writers are drawing attention to themselves and the importance of religious sensitivity, dedication, and creativity by exploring new genres for their writing. In many cases, genre that was previously left to other writers like sci-fi, and horror. This in turn inspires a flood of creativity amongst all Christian writers.

In the most recent months the number of superb Christian oriented books has increased dramatically and is making readers and editors alike take notice. Especially since the books, while Christian in nature, are not written in such a way to alienate other readers.

One of the books that has created such interest is, The Centurion's Wife By: Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. It is a book about a woman named Leah who is caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first-century Palestine. All the while having to deal with her own life troubles facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions. Head of the garrison near Gallilee, he has been assigned by Palestine's governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah's mistress, the governor's wife, secretly commissions also to discover what really has become of this man whose death and missing body is causing such furor.
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A more traditional book that is capturing people’s attention is The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick. In Love Dare, the book featured in the movie Fireproof, the reader is challenged to learn the true nature of love by taking part in a 40-day guided devotional experience that leads them back to truly loving your spouse. Each day of the 40 days the book discusses a unique aspect of love and presents a specific task or dare to do for their spouse. They are then encouraged to chart their progress in a journal area.

While Christian writers are still wary and still mindful of the obstacles ahead of them they are, now more than ever, resigned to the fact that while they are almost certain to offend some people, and have others disagree, they are causing people to think, and ask questions. Which is at the very heart of any writers ambitions and dreams.
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