Deep POV: Confessions of a Christian Writer

The ramblings of an emergent-realistic-edgy-working-for-God-and-the-pay-isn’t-that-great-sometimes-confused-christian-fiction writer (uh, that would be me).

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Just discovered this blog and it looks great. I'm adding it to my news feed list. And if you don't know what a news feed list is, you ought to find out! Go to Bloglines and learn more. It's the best way to keep up with a number of different blogs without going crazy.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Note to Self

OpinionJournal - Leisure & Arts

When you get your first book published, make sure your publisher sends a copy of it to Harriet Klausner!

Monday, March 21, 2005

Truth and Beauty

Brian McLaren: An interview on Christian publishing and postmodernity

Just recently found this interview with Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian. I like what he says about modernity's focus on truth sometimes to the detriment of beauty. That resonates with me because in my own spiritual walk, I feel that lack of beauty. Although I grew up Catholic, when I became a Christian my church experiences were in the so-called "low church," a church without stained glass windows, priests in robes, ritual, or liturgy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with such a church and the foundational truths of my life were certainly laid down there, but after twelve years of it, I need something different. I'm not sure what, but I long for something that brings me face-to-face with God's beauty and the beauty of His creation.

I also noted in the interview that post-moderns enjoy story; they'd rather read the message within someone's journey than as part of a three-steps to [fill in the blank] kind of book. Which works wonderfully for me because I feel the same way and I happen to be a novelist!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Celebration II

M y W r i t e r s G r o u p: The Celebration Continues...

Mick Silva over at My Writers Group is hosting this month's Celebration of New Christian Fiction. Don't miss it! There are some great articles!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Speculations on Donald Miller

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: What If Donald Miller Were Fictional?

Dave Long has a great post today on the fact that Donald Miller, a very unconventional Christian [see my earlier post about him], is being published by a CBA publisher. Miller appears to be the kind of Christian who'd send a lot of grannies screaming in the other direction, yet his book, Blue Like Jazz, has been a success. Of course, he's writing non-fiction, but I just checked the book on Amazon and he's ranked #148! So how come all the restrictions on fiction?

Update (4/4/05): Just saw this link to the first chapter of Blue Like Jazz. I read it and now I definitely have to go out and buy the book! Read for yourself.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Left Behind - 'Left Behind' series: Like manna from heaven

"One of the fastest-growing categories in our stores is Christian fiction," says Terry Finley, executive vice president at Books-A-Million. "This is not a Southern phenomenon; at this point, it's a cultural phenomenon."

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I think it's wonderful that a Christian writer has had such a profound effect in a secular market. The article says that Jenkins/LaHaye joined J.K. Rowling, Tom Clancy, and John Grisham as being one of very few authors to have an initial two million books printed. Yikes!

On the other hand, although I think Jerry Jenkins is a wonderful human being and I respect the work Tim LaHaye has done, I don't think the books (at least the 8 or so I've read) are very good. They're not horrible, but neither are they compelling--at least not to me. They are very didactic, for one thing, and that makes me flinch. I know there's a place for that in some people's estimation, but in my fiction world, preaching is a big, glaring mistake ... and preach they do!

I'm also not sure I want to be lumped in with other writers under a religious heading given the fact that some people avoid that section of their local Borders or B & N like the plague. I'd rather be in another genre section, like romance, mystery, or, in my case, contemporary fiction. It seems more like a level playing field that way.