Safe or Interesting?

Wise and honest words from a friend of mine.
Christianity isn’t all about the warm fuzzies. It involves real people in real situations with real problems. Everything isn’t cut and dry, and there’s not always a happy ending. Shouldn’t our fiction reflect that? What do you think?

The New Authors Fellowship

boring bookI recently read a story by a well-known author who is highly acclaimed in the Christian market. And, unfortunately, I was underwhelmed. The writing was clean, some (not all) of the characters were well-rounded and interesting, and there were some moments of good tension, but I felt like it had a lot of unmet potential. Some of the characters could’ve used a much deeper arc, and there was a lot of setup that didn’t really go anywhere.

The plot was decent, but it felt more like the characters traipsing from here to there and having obstacles fizzle out before they really got going, rather than a struggle to complete the objective.

In thinking about it and discussing it, I came to the conclusion that the reason this author is (and other authors are) acclaimed in the CBA is because they’re safe. On my personal blog a couple weeks ago, I…

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