By Deena Adams
Portions of this post were taken from my Facebook Live Hope Hunt, “Hunting for Hope in Fiction.” Check it out if you’re interested in reading about a cool parallel between Christian fiction and the Bible.
Why I Love Fiction
I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember, but once I became a Christ-follower and found Christian novels, oh my goodness, a new love formed.
Not only can I read a great story that whisks me away from my stressful life for a little while, I can enjoy stories with eternal purpose. Stories centered on God replete with redemption, forgiveness, Christ’s love and salvation.
And yes, hope.
Why I Write Fiction
In my opinion, the term “Paper Missionaries” aptly applies to inspirational fiction authors who write for God’s glory.
In 2018, God grew a desire in my heart to become one of those authors who share His message and inspire others through hope-filled fiction. As I’ve learned more about the publishing industry, I’ve gained a better understanding about how to live out this mission and best serve readers.
That’s why, with God’s leading, my blog focus moving forward is, “Hope-filled Fiction.”
Some people may not understand why Christians read and write fiction books rather than nonfiction, thinking that as believers we should be focused on truth.
Wasn’t Christ a storyteller?
As you read His interactions in the New Testament, you’ll see He gave illustrations and taught lessons through parables—Fiction stories based on aspects of the culture and relevant issues people faced in a manner they could relate to.
Fiction is a means of sending a non-threatening message to someone who may balk over a sermon or an in your face nonfiction book, and can break down barriers for them to explore God further.
Why I Share Christian Fiction
Before I started writing novels, I had no idea the time, research, prayer, hard work, and finances involved in publishing a book. Not to mention extreme sacrifice, rejection, rewrites, edits, marketing, and more that authors must go through. It’s overwhelming.
Yet hundreds and thousands of writers push through and keep writing stories for their readers. They write with the hope to impact lives.
That’s one reason I’m passionate about highlighting God-honoring authors and sharing their work on my blog.
Why Read Hope-filled Fiction?
- To enjoy a Christ-centered escape when we need a break from our stress-filled lives.
- Because fiction communicates God’s love and the theme of redemption and hope in a powerful way that affects people a church, pastor, or nonfiction book may never reach.
- To support and encourage writers who create wonderful stories that carry the potential to alter readers’ eternities.
Join the conversation. Are you an avid reader of Christian Fiction? What reason for reading hope-filled fiction would you add to the list? Who is your favorite author? All-time favorite novel? Share in the comments.
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