Last Saturday, I was at the bookstore just itching to see what I could find. I went to the teen section and started to look.
First of all, have you noticed that all the books in that section have dark covers? Secondly, as I look at book after book, I noticed something. From what I could see 1. they were all pretty much the same thing (vampires, werewolves, end of the world, relationships, etc.) and 2. none of them really had a faith element to them. I found myself thinking as I read one back cover, “this is really shallow.”
Now, I’m not about to say that those books were horrible. How would I know; I didn’t read them. Nor will I say they don’t have a message. But I truly believe that people are made of three parts: mind, body, and spirit. To write about the first two and leave the last untouched is doing a disservice to the work and the reader. At least, that’s what I think.
So, I will move forward and continue my quest of writing really good, interesting fiction with a faith element in ii . . . not necessarily all Christian fiction, but I plan to make faith/God a part of every story I write. The result is, I hope, a deep and meaningful work that people can indulge in, enjoy, and learn from.