Now SpecFaith encourages Christian reviews (reviews based on a Christian worldview) of anything speculative.
When we say Christian we mean:
- Faithful to Scripture.
- Faithful to a recognized Christian confession. (For example, this is the SpecFaith staff confession.)
- Mindful of the grace and truth Jesus Christ modeled for His people.
- Mindful of all standards of conduct that Jesus Christ commands (Eph. 4: 15-16).
Here’s what we’d like to see in reviews (which may be reprints from Amazon, Goodreads, or your own website):
- Word count of at least 300 words.
- Written from a uniquely Biblical perspective.
- Mindful of standards of truth. How did the story’s content, religious elements, and truth claims compare with truth revealed in the Bible?
- Mindful of standards of beauty. How did the story’s craft, style, and writing compare with standards of artistic excellence?
By anything we include the following:
- Novels traditionally published
- Novels independently/self-published
- Short-story collections
- Comic books
- Motion pictures
- Television shows
- Video games
- Nonfiction books about speculative stories
The term speculative covers genres such as:
- Science fiction / space opera
- Alternate history
- Fairy tales
- Magical realism
Further review tips
- Read existing SpecFaith reviews to see what we’re after.
- If your review was already published elsewhere, include the link.
- You might write your review in any style (e.g. mimicking the story’s genre, using puns, examples from the story, comparing or contrasting the item you’re reviewing with others).
- Write tight. Make it clean and efficient. Keep sentences and paragraphs short.
- Go deep, but be readable.
- Be gracious and truthful.
- Compare/contrast your review subject with Scripture (truth). Compare/contrast it with artistic standards and similar stories (beauty).
- Glorify God in your praise and constructive criticism.
Why expanded reviews?
Why are we offering reviews for more speculative stories besides Christian ones?
At SpecFaith we believe all beauty and all truth are God’s and therefore worth exploring.
Our Faith Statement says:
We believe God can and does let His truth be echoed in His creation, for all truth is His truth and remains so even if it is found in a story that does not specifically credit Him.
[…] Thanks to God’s creation of man in His image, and His gifts even to those who reject Him, sinful man can sometimes echo some portions of God’s truth.
If you have enjoyed a story or been moved to enjoy God more because of a story, then we invite you to write a review. If you’ve already written one, please share it with us. Help us explore epic stories for God’s glory.
Further up and further in!