A friend emailed me recently asking if I had read the book Wisdom Hunter. He said it was the kind of book he could see me writing one day. Intrigued, I borrowed it from him the next day. I have been reading it every free minute (which isn’t as much as you’d think since I have three little ones).
The book would be labeled best as Christian fiction… a genre I have bucked from the get-go. I just hate the idea of being limited to the traditional boxes that these books usually fit into. I have a personal faith in Christ, but I have a very different perspective about what that actually means in my daily life than most traditional Christians do.
In reading Wisdom Hunter, however, it hit me that it has much the same tone of personal struggles with faith and the church as the novel I recently finished writing.
I have occassionally dabbled in faith writing including my most recent article in Dallas Morning News. While I received A LOT of flack from that piece, it was the best I have felt about a story in a very long time. I was passionate about the information, and even after being griped at by friends and strangers alike, I was still glad that I wrote it.
This book and my DMN article has me questioning myself. What if the very thing that I have been avoiding is the precise genre in which I belong? Could it be that my writing has the potential of challenging assumptions about faith for believers and non-believers alike?
There will be backlash to my “liberal” mindset, I know, but based on the number of emails that thanked me for speaking out about the financial problems of the traditional church, I also believe that the number of non-church-going Christians is growing fast.
What do you think? Is there room for non-traditional believers in Christian Fiction?
If you enjoyed this, you may also like:
- Sixteen Pink Lines
- A Shift in Perspective
- Short Fiction: If She’s Anything Like Me
- Kindle short stories
- And for a deeper look into the phenomenon of non-traditional Christianity, check out George Barna’s book Revolution.