Why Dystopian?

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Crossroads, my current project and first novel-sized work, is in the genre I call Christian dystopian. As I’ve rewritten, reread, and reconsidered it, I have been caused to examine its deepest elements. This has led me to answer the question, why dystopian? For one, the genre is interesting and popular. I wonder, why is it so popular, especially among young … Read More

A Day in the Wilderness

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This weekend was my church’s annual Men’s Prayer Advance. We go low budget and tent camp in the middle of nowhere with zero facilities. I live in Arizona, specifically the Phoenix area. Camping here is a reenactment of Israel’s wandering in the desert–without the manna. After several preaching sessions on spiritual disciplines, we dispersed into the desert for a three-hour … Read More

Christian Fiction Part 3: Appealing to Teens

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Writing a story crafted toward a specific audience means appealing to its desires. The danger  for Christian writers in this area is, as always, compromise. If we write what people want in all areas, we will end up cultivating the wrong desires. I see several things written specifically to appeal to teens that can be harmful. A desire for power If … Read More

Christian Fiction Part 2: Self-Confidence

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How many times have you heard a fictional character given a peptalk (or song) to boost their self-confidence? “Believe in yourself” and “follow your heart” are oft repeated phrases on film and paper. In a character’s darkest hour, where do they turn for help? How do they rise above defeat and conquer the unconquerable? The answer time and time again … Read More

Christian Fiction Part 1: The Power of Story

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Words are powerful but only united. Bonded words form stories, and stories form perceptions. Stories have the power to change people, and as Christians we want that change to be in the right direction. Some may say that when they watch a movie or read a book it doesn’t affect them. They can pass it off as fiction and not buy … Read More