Novels by Christians Worth Reading

Some time ago I started a list of (mostly) nonfiction books that described the evangelical struggle with the arts or how to do art well from a Christian perspective. Since I recently did a series on problems with Christian Fiction novels, it seemed like a good idea to look at relatively modern novels by Christians …

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I’ll be off the air for a while…

Starting this week, I will be taking a sabbatical from my usual weekly/biweekly blog to consider new directions. I have have been writing this blog more or less continuously since 2015, and that's given me a chance to cover a lot of ground and consider the ways that art and faith connect on various levels. …

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Scooby-Doo, Plot Holes and Why They’re Needed

Some time ago, I wrote an article on the idea that plot holes are necessary. That is, spend enough time looking at any given creative product and you'll find some plot hole that logically should keep the story from working. Recently I finished binge watching the first two seasons of the original Scooby-Doo series, and …

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Accidentally Christian: A Look at Richard Donner’s The Omen

Here's a concept I learned in college: All truth is God's truth. In other words, because truth is an objective thing which exists outside of us, we can look at anything that makes a statement about life and affirm theparts of it which reflect objective truth. You can look at Norse myths about Balder, the …

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This Present Darkness Vs The Exorcist: A Compare and Contrast

Editor's Note: I will return to my Building a Better Christian Novel series in November. Seeing as Halloween is a holiday which brings up various spiritual questions, it seemed appropriate to do some posts on Halloween-worthy topics this month. "When I was writing the novel, I thought I was writing a supernatural detective story that …

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Add A Little Cheesiness (Building a Better Christian Novel Pt 3)

I review Christian books, mostly nonfiction ones but I do get a Christian Fiction novel or two each month. Occasionally I’ll get one that I enjoy, and frequently I’ll give 3 or 4 stars just because I know the author means well and it’s not too terrible. However, most of the time I’m just not …

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The Soft Critique (Building a Better Christian Novel Pt 2)

I review Christian books, mostly nonfiction ones but I do get a Christian Fiction novel or two each month. Occasionally I'll get one that I enjoy, and frequently I'll give 3 or 4 stars just because I know the author means well and it's not too terrible. However, most of the time I'm just not …

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The Hard Choice to Do Good (Building A Better Christian Novel Pt 1)

I review Christian books, mostly nonfiction ones but I do get a Christian Fiction novel or two each month. Occasionally I'll get one that I enjoy, and frequently I'll give 3 or 4 stars just because I know the author means well and it's not too terrible. However, most of the time I'm just not …

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