Is Christian Fiction Getting a Bad Rap?
I hear a lot about the state of Christian fiction. Some people call it “propaganda.” For others, it’s the only fiction they’ll read. What is “Christian fiction” anyway? Here’s what I’ve said previously about my own writing, and I think it’s applicable to most Christian fiction: The primary difference I see is that (these novels) don’t have cursing or explicit sex, and portray a Christian worldview… The books portray characters that are flawed, as we all are, and who struggle with their relationships, both with God and their fellow man…What I’ve frequently said is that the only difference I really see is that these novels are written from a Christian worldview and don’t contain anything I’d hesitate for my mother, wife, or daughter to read.
When books are made available, there will always be people who criticize them because they’re “Christian fiction.“ That’s okay. They’re free to stop reading. But perhaps, before they do, the words implant a seed in their heart. It may or may not grow, but at least it’s a step.
I want my novels to accomplish two things: stimulate those unfamiliar with the Gospel to look further, and encourage Christians in their continuing pilgrimage. If I can do that, I’ll consider myself a good steward of any talent and opportunity God grants me.
Dr. Richard Mabry is the award-winning author of five published novels of medical suspense. His latest medical thriller is Stress Test (Thomas Nelson). Richard’s website is http://rmabry.com, and he posts regularly on his blog, http://rmabry.blogspot.com. He is also active on Twitter,Facebook, and GoodReads.