by Dani Pettrey
I often hear people say they don’t read Christian fiction because it doesn’t deal with real issues. I take issue with that.
I’ve read phenomenal Christian novels dealing with issues like adultery (Dry as Rain by Gina Holmes), drug addiction (Terri Blackstock’s Intervention series), and most recently, I read a novel dealing with a very prevalent issue among today’s youth (Wish You Were Here by Beth Vogt). Beth is guest posting here tomorrow, sharing some fabulous insight into how and why she writes.
In my debut novel, Submerged, the issue is bondage-not physical bondage, but rather emotional and spiritual bondage. My heroine, Bailey Craig, is a slave to the sins of her past.
Bailey has accepted Christ as her Savior, but she hasn’t embraced the fullness of His forgiveness. She’s allowed the pain and shame of her past to hinder her future. Like Bailey, I’ve sinned and made horrible mistakes in my past, but God has been patient and faithful to show me that He is greater than all that pain.
As writers, we pour a part of ourselves into our characters-whether that part is something from our past, our hopes for the future, bumps along our spiritual journey, or even a question burning deep inside us. That’s the beauty of Christian fiction. We get to explore everything (pain, shame, fear, hurts, loss) all in the light of God’s truth. What could be more real than that?
What moving, real-life issues have you read about lately? What issues would you like to see addressed more in Christian novels?
ACFW’s Fiction Finder is a great resource specifically for that. Not only can you search by title, author, and genre, but you can also search by topic. If you haven’t already visited Fiction Finder, I encourage you to do so. There are so many wonderful stories covering a wide variety of topics. I’m sure you’ll find just what you’re looking for.
Dani Pettrey feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves: the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. Her debut novel, Submerged, is available now from Bethany House.