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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Writing Christian Fiction, by David Brollier

I have always been impressed by all the talent within the Christian community, and yet equally frustrated over the unwillingness of publishers, in particular, to accept and use these talents for the Lord.

Although I've actually only sold one poem and published something like 4 (not counting my website where there was at one time over 100 different works), I have been writing fairly steadily since 1977.

To my chagrine I happened to start with science fiction. I've just about completed my first detective novel and what you've said about the balance between good writing and good CHRISTIAN writing is all too often true (Christian Literature and Living, January 2002).

Publishers are still afraid to put something out too near the main stream.

Writers make one of two mistakes here. They either cater to the publisher to sell the book and end up with a very nice Sunday School story, or they water the Christianity down so much that the whole purpose of writing it in the first place is lost.

Believe it or not the Bible tells us how to write.

We are to be

1. Bold; "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Without starting here there is no reason to go further.
We are to get down into the real world. "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."

Although Jesus walked the streets of His world He did not become like those in the streets. Christian authors should take note that when we write we should do so to reach down into our world without becoming like them. This leads to
2. We are to be an example. "Ye are the light of the world."

Our writing should not compromise the values taught by God in His Word, nor should it sound condescending. It shouldn't sound as if only some will make it and others will not. Through our characters we have the unique opportunity to display the ups and downs Christians go through.

We can show the world that Christianity is a growing relationship with God, it is a progress. Some seem closer than others, but none have made it.

In following these 3 simple steps we will be able to show a sermon rather than preach one.

To the publishers I say this, "You cannot serve two masters". Jesus said this talking to the people about their love of money. Now money is not bad in itself, but the love of it is. Publishers who are interested only in the "bottom line" haven't really seen the REAL bottom line ... how many people they are reaching for the kingdom of Christ.

When they can answer that question they will find there are some wonderful writers out here, unwilling to compromise, unashamed of the Gospel of Christ. And should they loose money and gain one person for the kingdom of God it would be worth much more than making a lot of money and leading no one to the Lord.

(Note: This was published on another website while I was in the process of writing THE 3RD COVENANT. The steps to GREAT Christian writing remain the same, however. David)

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