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Christian Writers Talk to Contemporary Readers

This month, I welcome to this blog three Christian writers who are launching some interesting and surprising novels. Today’s guest is Barbara Derksen, author of Shadow Stalker, available today at http://amzn.to/13pABhFI along with some great premiums to celebrate the occasion. Yahoo photo 250

Why do you think being a Christian is important enough to write about it? 

I believe that the Great Commission is an all inclusive directive from The Lord. No matter what we do as Christians, our mandate is to tell others about Jesus. The only treasure we can take with us to heaven are people who also, because of Jesus, get to go to heaven when they enter eternity.  

You write Christian fiction. Why do you call it Christian? How is it different from any other fiction? 

I call it Christian to give people a heads up that they will read the gospel in the pages of my book. It also means that I do not adhere to the world’s view as far as abusive verbiage and in depth descriptives In tense scenes. I leave a lot to the reader’s imagination. 

Do you think of your writing as a ministry? 

I do. God has given me a message and he wants others to read it. Otherwise he would not have gifted me with this form of communication.  

When you write, what do you want your book to do for your reader? 

i want my reader to be entertained and yet not feel as if they need to wash their minds out afterwards. I want them to picture people who love The Lord, living life that’s not always perfect, making mistakes, meeting bad people, getting into trouble, and yet knowing where they can find answers. I want my readers to say, “I can do that too.” 

Contemporary culture in the US is rife with conflicts over Christianity, secularism, and New Age ideas. Why do you think a person should be a Christian instead of adopting any of the other options?  

Our God is our Creator. Who could know us better than the one who designed and created us In the first place. Jesus has answers, not just rules. He loves us unconditionally and doesn’t demand that we do this or that to earn His love. He is alive, not just a prophet or some idol that a man created.  

In your book, what do you share with the reader that will help the reader live a Christian life in the midst of cultural conflict? 

My characters set the example of how to live life admidst the turmoil surrounding us. I show ordinary people walking with God, some closely, others a little more distant but they learn to draw nearer as they story unfolds. 

What is the difference between your central character(s) and a successful secular thinker? 

My characters know where to go for answers. they do not rely simply on their own devices. They seek Godly counsel and wait for God to show them the direction they should go. 

What does your book do for Christian readers who are looking either for entertainment or inspiration in a fictional story? 

My mysteries provide both. They entertain, although some may lose precious sleep because they want to know what happens next. But they also inspire toward a closer walk with God, and show that it’s possible all the time and in all circumstances. 

Does your book have anything to say to people who believe that the world is limited to our time/space experience? 

My characters mostly deal with the here and now. I may allude to angels but I don’t take too much time there. 

In what way does your book serve as your testimony of faith in Christ? 

i wouldn’t be able to write about the characters, giving them a faith life, if I didn’t have one myself. 

Currently in the United States there is a major conflict between people of faith who operate their businesses according to the principles of their faith and the US government, which states that religious liberty does not apply to a business enterprise. Do you consider your business as a writer to be subject to the principles of your faith? 

I do. Walking as a Christian is a full-time job. It permeates every part of my life whether I want it to or not. it’s just who I am. So the writing reflects that as well. 

Secular thinkers often say to Christians, “I don’t think you should push your religion on people who believe something different.” What is your response? 

If I didn’t care about them, I would agree. But God asks us to care so we must be concerned about their eternal destiny. 

What do you believe to be the lasting value of your work to the contemporary culture? 

The work could burn up in a house fire but if the person who read a book, begins to understand his need for a Savior, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do. 

What else would you like to say about your personal values, your Christian faith, or your call to be a Christian writer? 

There are many ways to communicate the Gospel to people all around the world. God has asked me to communicate this way and He supplies the story line. The rest is in His hands. All he asks is that I be obedient to His call on my life. 

Interested readers can learn more about you and get to know you better at your website www.barbaraannderksen.com . Tell us a little about the book you are launching today.

An ominous shadow hangs over her, as Christine Finder, alias Melissa Rompart, visits the brutal slaying of her parents most nights in a dream. The threat of discovery propels her to search for the whereabouts of the killer to see the man brought to justice. In the meantime, the killer stalks her mind while she operates Finder’s Keepers, an agency that searches for the people her clients hire her to find. Nathan Brent is only four years old and missing. Will she find him in time or will the killer find him first?

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You can purchase Shadow Stalker today at http://amzn.to/13pABhFI

Christian Writers Talk to Contemporary Readers

This month, I welcome to this blog three Christian writers who are launching some interesting and surprising novels. Today’s guest is Molly Bull, author of Gatehaven. Her Gothic historical novel with a strong Christian message, will be published in trade paperback and as an e-book on March 4, 2014. It is available http://tinyurl.com/knf9j4z along with some great premiums to celebrate the occasion.

Molly photo blog Q: Why do you think being a Christian is important enough to write about it? 

The Lord gave me the ability to write fiction and non-fiction, and He helps me with my writing. How could I write books that would displease Him—the very person who gave me the gift? It would be like throwing the gift back in His face.

In school I learned that one must give the person who gave an idea or a thought the credit for that thought or idea either as a footnote or in the bibliography. On the dedication page of all my published books, I first list the names of those to whom I am dedicating the book. Then I write the phrase below.

But to God give the glory.      

Q: You write Christian fiction. Why do you call it Christian? How is it different from any other fiction?

For the reasons I just gave, I cannot and will not write books that displease my Lord. Yet as a Christian, there are unpleasant and down right evil issues that beg to be discussed, and as a Christian, I use my pen (computer keyboard) to discuss them.

Since early childhood, I’ve been interested in what some might call godly topics. But I was raised in a lukewarm church where the true gospel was seldom if ever preached. Since apparently the Lord could not be found in church, at least my church, I went looking for God in all the wrong places. I read New Age literature, convinced that it must be true. Had the Lord not rescued me, who can say what I would be doing or what I would be writing today. But the Lord snatched me from defeat and saved me. Afterward, I realized that what I learned in the New Age was evil, a lie. At that time, I had never read the Bible. Still, I wondered if perhaps God had warned us of this evil, and I began to read the Bible.

Gatehaven, my Christian Gothic historical, is a fictional account of what I think every Christian needs to know about the occult—a warning to Believers and pre-believers. Don’t touch the unclean thing.      

Q: Do you think of your writing as a ministry?

Yes, I know my writing is a ministry. Why else would the Lord have given me the talent in the first place?  

Q: When you write, what do you want your book to do for your reader?

I try to put something of a moral or spiritual value in every book I write. It is my hope that my readers will find those features within the pages of my books.  

Q: Contemporary culture in the US is rife with conflicts over Christianity, secularism, and New Age ideas. Why do you think a person should be a Christian instead of adopting any of the other options?

I’ve searched the other alternatives. The truth of God and His Word (Jesus Christ) is the only truth there is. As the hymn says, All else is sinking sand

Q: In your book, what do you share with the reader that will help the reader live a Christian life in the midst of cultural conflict?

In Gatehaven, the reader learns what the occult is, and characters in the book talk a lot about the importance of putting on the whole armor of God.

Q: What is the difference between your central character(s) and a successful secular thinker?

My characters in Gatehaven are divided into several groups—the really bad guys, true Christians, and in-betweens. The latter group are searchers but at various levels of that search.   

Q: What does your book do for Christian readers who are looking either for entertainment or inspiration in a fictional story?

I have been told that Gatehaven provides both those needs in the reading—entertainment and inspiration. I hope that proves to be true. 

Q: In what way does your book serve as your testimony of faith in Christ?

I don’t’ think that anyone who reads Gatehaven to the end would ever conclude that the author of it was not a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ.

Q: Secular thinkers often say to Christians, “I don’t think you should push your religion on people who believe something different.” What is your response?

If someone is drowning and I am a good swimmer, why wouldn’t I dive in and try to save them?

Q: What do you believe to be the lasting value of your work to the contemporary culture?

Only God knows the answer to that question. I am merely a sinner saved by Grace.

 Q: What else would you like to say about your personal values, your Christian faith, or your call to be a Christian writer?

As a Christian, I try to love everybody. I especially love babies, small children and the helpless. It is not surprising that I have marched for life locally and started two pro-life groups in two different towns where my husband and I have lived.

Readers can get to know you better at your website www.mollynoblebull.com . Please tell them about your current book.

Have you ever known a teenage girl so in love with love and a bad prince charming that she was unable to see her true prince, standing in the wings? If so, you will connect with Shannon Aimee as she and Ian Colquhoun battle an evil Frenchman with dark secrets and evil desires. Set in Scotland and a scary mansion in the north of England and ending in the state of South Carolina in 1784, Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull is a Christian Gothic novel that will keep you reading all the way through the last page.  

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You can find this book at http://tinyurl.com/knf9j4z=ESRCP along with some great premiums.

 

 

 

Christian Writers Talk to Contemporary Readers

This month, I welcome to this blog three Christian writers who are launching some interesting and surprising novels. Today’s guest is Cheryl Colwell, author of The Proof, available today at http://bit.ly/NewNovelTheProof along with some great premiums to celebrate the occasion.

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 Q: Why do you think being a Christian is important enough to write about it? 

CHERYL COLWELL: Words carry influence. Jesus said He came to earth to testify of the truth. Since He lives in us, instructing us in truth and the joy that brings, it is only natural that we desire to share that good news in our writing. 

Q: You write Christian fiction. Why do you call it Christian? How is it different from any other fiction?

CHERYL COLWELL: My writing comes out of my Christian worldview and values. Some of my novels have religious themes, but most do not. However, the main protagonists portray, or end up portraying, how it is to have God active and intervening in their lives. 

Q: Do you think of your writing as a ministry?

CHERYL COLWELL: Absolutely. There is no doubt that writing is one of the “good works He created for me to do before the foundation of the earth.” 

Q: When you write, what do you want your book to do for your reader?

CHERYL COLWELL: I want to encourage them to abide in Christ in a deeper way, trusting God to be involved in their daily lives. 

Q: Contemporary culture in the US is rife with conflicts over Christianity, secularism, and New Age ideas. Why do you think a person should be a Christian instead of adopting any of the other options? 

CHERYL COLWELL: The very definition of “God” is that He reigns over us and created us. A “god” we build in our own image – the way we think a god should be — would, by reason nullify itself from being a god. Thankfully, there is a REAL God who pursues His creations and transforms us into HIS image. 

Q: In your book, what do you share with the reader that will help the reader live a Christian life in the midst of cultural conflict?

CHERYL COLWELL: The Proof is a wonderful adventure, but the story is also a quest for truth, providing a time to explore one’s own beliefs. There are several factions struggling to find a religious artifact, revealing flawed inner motivations that parallel many in today’s culture. A major theme is, Who stole your God? In the story, we see that secular teaching, abusive people, and our wrong choices at work to mask the beauty of God under a cloak of lies.

Q: What is the difference between your central character(s) and a successful secular thinker? 

CHERYL COLWELL: Though Gabe adopted a secular mindset, it was not working for him. God had bigger plans for him but first had to strip him of the falsehoods he had adopted. Only then, in God’s strength not his, could Gabe succeed.

Q: What does your book do for Christian readers who are looking either for entertainment or inspiration in a fictional story?

CHERYL COLWELL: They will get a deluge of both! The Proof is a contemporary suspense story that dips back in time to events that influence Gabe’s life in the present day. It has mystery, romance, courage, villains, AND Jesus appears in the story in a most significant way. 

Q: Does your book have anything to say to people who believe that the world is limited to our time/space experience?

Destiny plays a large part in the story as we see God weaving His will through generations, spanning time and using His foreknowledge.

Q: In what way does your book serve as your testimony of faith in Christ?

CHERYL COLWELL: I can only write of how God has changed me and how I have seen Him change hundreds of others who have made the decision to trust that Jesus is who He said He was. My characters live out those changes as I give them words and actions and divine motives.

Q: Secular thinkers often say to Christians, “I don’t think you should push your religion on people who believe something different.” What is your response?

CHERYL COLWELL: We can’t push anything on anyone. If I respectfully share my devotion to my loving Father, someone else can respond however they choose. How they respond is not my responsibility.

Q: What do you believe to be the lasting value of your work to the contemporary culture?

CHERYL COLWELL: I hope it will open the eyes of many who have fallen for the unexamined assumptions that declare there is no god, or, I am god. I hope thousands of readers will come to see how big and good and faithful God really is.

Q: What else would you like to say about your personal values, your Christian faith, or your call to be a Christian writer?

CHERYL COLWELL: I began to write at 55, a time when most careers are winding down. Everything in my life has been valuable for creating these novels. I am thrilled that this is what God chose for me to do and thrilled for the ministry He had waiting for me at this age.

Q: Interested readers can get to know you better at your website at www.cherylcolwell.com . Please tell my readers about the book you are launching this month.

Shrouded in mystery, a precious relic known as Il Testamento, or The Proof, circulated among the early Christians for centuries. Before their deaths, its guardians hid it from their adversaries, leaving only a crude map of its location. For centuries, it lay in darkness. Until now. Reports of its existence have resurfaced, inciting an ancient rivalry between a ruthless group that seeks to destroy it, and a secret association that lusts for its power. Summoned to Siena by a grandfather he has never met, Gabriel Dolcini is thrust into a dark maze of danger. And into his divine destiny.

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 You can buy it today at http://bit.ly/NewNovelTheProof