Hey everyone! Today, we have something a little different and special. My friend, Morgan, is about to publish what I
believe is her third book. I have already read it and loved it. I’ll be posting about it on my blog soon so be on the
lookout for that. Anyways, today I’ll be showing you all a guest post that she did for me. It’s about Keeping God In
Christian Fantasy. Enjoy!
Christian authors have an important calling: sharing God through fiction. People love stories. They is a way to escape
the harsh difficulties of reality. It’s the perfect opportunity to share the truths of God’s Word with people.
Fantasy is (generally speaking) my favorite genre to read, and the genre into which my brand new trilogy Time Captives
falls. My favorite fantasies are ones that take place in other worlds, the top of those being The Chronicles of Narnia by
C.S. Lewis and Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight. In fact, those would easily be my top favorite fiction books of all time.
Why? Because they successfully keep God in Christian fantasy, telling a compelling story with an equally compelling Christian message.
Frequently, in Christian fiction, we see stories that are solely focused on the message. This is what many people would
term “preachy.” There is absolutely nothing wrong with a strong message. I love good stories with a strong message, as
evidenced by my love of Narnia and Ilyon. But when a story does nothing but shove a message in the reader’s face, it
honestly detracts from the story, and may even turn off Christian readers, let alone non-Christians. Nor should they be
simply moralistic, for without God there is no basis or reason for those morals. Christian stories need to be good, well
developed, well written stories with realistic relatable characters, so that through those characters and circumstances
the reader will encounter God in a way that feels personal, in a way that makes a lasting impact.
I feel like there are so many opportunities in fantasy to share God’s Word in ways that are rarely if ever available in
other genres. At the same time, it’s trickier. The author has to create a whole new world, rather than just using the real
one. It’s important for Christian fantasy authors to present God in a way that is true to His nature. It’s also important
to present the fantasy world as created perfect, but fallen in sin, with Christ as the only way to salvation. In my
opinion, Narnia does an excellent job of displaying these truths in a way that is relevant to the reader, but woven into
a truly good story. I find Ilyon much the same. They portray faithfulness to God through harsh persecution, with such
amazing characters that it is practically impossible not to sympathize and identify with their struggles with their
faith, and their overcoming of such struggles. That’s what makes a story powerful.
In Time Captives, I tried to stick to these ideals. My characters struggle with their faith, just as real people do. They
learn hard lessons about loyalty and forgiveness. They learn to trust God in all circumstances. Through the characters,
the readers, and the author as well, experience the hardships and victories of the Christian life.
A theme and a message shouldn’t be forced. But when a character experiences things which draw them closer to God, it
inevitably reaches out to the reader in a way that is both natural and powerful. That is what I seek to do in my books,
and that is how you keep God in fiction and fantasy.
Thank you so much Morgan for the wonderful guest post! Have a blessed day everyone!