I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Tara Fairfield to Fiction Favorites. Among her many accomplishments, she has been chosen as the Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author for this week. I am pleased to be one of her stops on the Spotlight Author Tour. You can click here to see and visit the rest of the stops. Tera, the site is yours.
Why Write Christian Fantasy?
When I started writing Christian fantasy, I didn’t realize I’d stepped into a mine field of controversy among Christians. Since then, I’ve read articles both supporting and condemning the genre. I decided to come out with my own position on the topic and defend my fellow authors. First and foremost I want to say that however you feel about this subject, what is most important is where you stand in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I love my Savior and know the gifts he has given me, including creative writing, are to be used to glorify Him and His truths.
The other disclaimer I am putting out there is I am only speaking about works in this article written by Christian authors seeking to stay consistent with the principles and message of the bible, which, in my humble opinion, is what defines a “Christian” fantasy author.
Which begs the question… what is Christian fantasy? I believe the only works that truly can be considered Christian fantasy are those which stay consistent with biblical values and teaching.
Storytelling is an age-old tradition in almost every culture and often used to illustrate morals and values in a meaningful way, to be passed on through generations. Everyone learns differently. For myself, if I watch a movie, then read the book; I pick up something different, learn something I missed before. Novels reach youth in a way listening to a sermon or teaching won’t.
Like it or not, our youth today are inundated with negative messages through books, television, movies, radio and peers. Our enemy has captured their attention and glutted the market with witchcraft, demons, vampires and the like. I say, take back the genre! How amazing would it be to see a story, built around biblical morals to become the next blockbuster.
I believe it is possible to weave stories that spark the imagination and also spread a message containing morals and values consistent with biblical teachings. Many of my favorite Christian fantasy books are allegories of Christs’ love. These stories bring me closer to Christ, provide an illustration of how He impacts lives. Now I am NOT saying fantasy stories should replace the study of the Bible or other non-fiction devotionals. I am just saying; this genre might be read by those who would not otherwise get the message or who are searching for entertainment consistent with their beliefs.
If your child is raised in a Christian home and you believe you can keep him or her from the world, great. But, aren’t we called to reach non-believers, to speak to those who are lost? What better way than through story? God can use any form of communication, and I know he is using novels to reach into the lives of lost teens and remind them there is a different way. There is only one savior, but he can use any method to speak to His children.
Lastly, I hope believers will not use this controversy to come against one another in conflict. We are to love each other, support each other, and ultimately put our trust and faith in Christ.
Dr. Fairfield is a licensed psychologist with her doctorate from Northern Arizona University. With twenty-five years of professional experience and after raising three children, Tara finally realized her dream of writing a novel.
When Tara’s not writing, you’ll find her playing on the ocean in her kayak or just hanging out with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
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