Writing Works That Reach Beyond the Sunday school Classroom

Writing Christian material, whether fiction or non, can be difficult. You want your writing to contain enough grit to keep it authentic without compromising on truth. You want non-Christians to relate, without presenting a watered down message. Each week, it seems, writers debate this very thing on countless email loops and FB walls. How much grit is too much? How much truth is too much? How can you speak truth and entice or are the two mutually exclusive?

Join me at the Christian Fiction Online Magazine as I discuss this very thing, using insight gleaned from successful cross-over authors.

Come find out how authors like Lisa T. Bergren and C.S. Lewis do it, learn how Christ to the World gently speaks truth into the lives of Muslims, Hindus, and others in 32 countries across the world, and find out what Randy Ingermanson means when he says crafting novels is like making soup. Then stop back here so we can chat about it. I’d love to read your thoughts! Thanks, Bonnie S. Calhoun, for allowing me to share something very near and dear to my heart! http://www.christianfictiononlinemagazine.com/home_publisher.html



About Jennifer Slattery

Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery, also writing as Jen Pheobus, uses humor, grace, and truth to inspire God's children to live abundant, Christ-centered lives. She does content editing for Firefly, a southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and is a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com; Internet Cafe Devotions; Faith, Friends and Chocolate; and manages the social media for Takin’ it to the Streets, a ministry that serves Omaha’s working poor and homeless. She’s placed in numerous writing contests and her work has appeared in numerous compilations, magazines, and e-zines.

Posted on February 1, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. To me it comes back to definitions. The world in general doesn’t speak ‘church’. or I find that God is NOT relevant in their lives other than in four letters. Hence, my mission through explosive Christian Fiction is to, exalt our Lord, of course, but also to present Christianity as anything but passive, nonrelated to everyday living in general, in fact to make my characters purposely make a stand for Christ not on their own, but because of the explosive circumstances that force the issue onto the public stage. Such as flood, fire, terrorist attacks, hail. volcanoes, and the ever present edge of darkness seeking to take my characters down. Don’t know about others but I’m in passion about getting my message to market, that He is Light and in Him is no darkness at all, but in such a gripping story, the reader has to turn the page. Whether i’ve accomplished that is up to the market to determine. If so, I have four other novels of the same, selling the christian experience as bold and original in the face of evil. Who knows, might be considered preachy. The non Chrisitans I’ve asked as they read certain outtakes of my content are thrilled with the disaster sequences and not ‘put off’ by the open declaration of the christian message.
    So that’s my rant for today. Hope it helps in your discussion while not being too strong.

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