Posted by: rcwriter | February 7, 2009

Faith ‘n Fiction Saturday

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My Friend Amy

Today’s question is complex, I’m going to list Amy’s entire post–links and all.

(Amy)-Today’s Discussion: I was reading over at Novel Journey the other day (a great blog, by the way!) and this post caught my eye and just really really grabbed at the heart of what I think is the conflict around “preachy” Christian fiction. So I’m going to take this quote from the quote in the post, and ask you to share your thoughts about this topic.

“Too many Christians think we are supposed to use the arts to give people the answers. We’re not. We’re supposed to use the arts to lead them into a question.”
Barbara Nicolosi

What do you think? Do you think Christian fiction should provide answers or lead us to questions?

Life is not isn’t full of answers. It’s full of unanswered questions that lead to other unanswered questions. That’s what makes life a journey.

The books I enjoy the most reflect life. I like the unpredictability and the various pathes they follow. Reading a book that ties everything together in a sugary sweet package bores me. I want to be thrown a ‘curve ball.’ If I draw my own conclusion and it’s wrong, I’m happily surprised.

Amy, thanks for posting this. It gives me pause about my own work.

To find out what others think, visit my friend Amy’s blog.



  1. You’re so right…and it can be frustrating. 😉

  2. Good answer – I tend to agree with you on the complexity of life and what makes a good book good regardless of its genre is a realistic portrayal of that complexity. My answers are up at Free Spirit also-

  3. Love your header! Good answer too.

  4. Well said. I could say ditto as my answer to today’s question.

  5. There will never be perfection on this earth.

    Asked or Answered

  6. I like curve balls too! Happy Faith ‘n Fiction Day. Here’s my answer:


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