1. Becky says:

    You hit the nail on the head! I think Christian fantasy writers sometime miss the point of their writing: to plant seeds in the minds of those without Christ. Many shudder at the idea of “preaching” in their stories. But a seed can be planted through subtle Christian themes, a well-portrayed Christian character, or a story that asks life’s important questions. No overt “preaching” need be involved.

  2. Sheri Rhoades says:

    Just pre-ordered mine! Can’t wait! 

  3. Julie D says:

    It reminds me of a song I heard once with the theme that it may take multiple introductions for people to understand who God is, but each step is important. We shouldn’t feel failures for not succeeding on the first go, but neither is that an excuse to not share the gospel. Seeds are important too…

  4. Well stated, Julie! I’m still amazed that God planted a seed for me while I was in 5th grade that ultimately led to salvation in my early twenties. Only He could weave such an intricate path.

  5. so true. We do plant seeds, especially seeds of the numinous. Great article. Thanks so much, i needed to read this today. 

  6. I think all of us Christian novelists need encouragement like this, Angie. It’s so great to hear how God used a story, a fantasy story, no less, to prepare your heart. It’s inspiring and gives a reminder that God works in ways we may not know about, understand, or expect. Our job is simply to be faithful and not grow weary of well-doing.


  7. Ashlee says:

    Loved this post! Thanks so much for your testimony – I can’t wait to read your book!

  8. Jessica says:

    Thank you for sharing your testimony in this regard.
    Fantasy has long been one of my favorite genres, and I have loved the process of writing it. I see where Christ is in all of my stories, and I know the influence that He has within it. But sometimes I wonder if it’s obvious or whether I am too veiled in the symbolism. One critic even told me that my story would make people create another religion because it did not include explicit instructions for and to Christianity.
    Yet as I have prayed, I haven’t felt that I am to change the story. I see this particular story as embodying the desire for God and the loneliness of a world without Him as well as highlighting the start of a search for Him. 
    So thank you for sharing your testimony. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was incredibly influential in my life as well. I remember discovering it in my grandfather’s bookshelf and devouring it. I had never read anything like it. I was so excited because it was the first Christian allegory I had ever read. And it made the crucifixion so much clearer to me. It put it into a different light. 
    The point about different stages in the journey to salvation is particularly striking.
    Sometimes it seems that a sad effect of Christian fiction is a desire to avoid writing anything that could be misinterpreted. There’s a crushing of creativity and speculation for fear of what it could result in. And sometimes asking those questions is hard. But still, they should be asked.
    Thank you for sharing. I really appreciated what you had to say. May God bless you abundantly!

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