“If God can make everything new again, in spite of the hard, painful parts, then we should let Him.”
This quote is from my latest book, An Unexpected Redemption, Book 2 of the Front Range Brides series. A reviewer chose these words as one of her favorite lines from a character in the story who isn’t taking God at His word—just like us.
That’s the interesting thing about fiction. It’s full of truth.
Some people think Christians shouldn’t write fiction. Others, like me, revel in it.
The author of my faith did too.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed.”
“There was a man who had two sons.”
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho.”
Sound familiar? Jesus used an interesting method of communication. He didn’t preach like the religious leaders of His time. Instead, He taught with stories, and people followed Him to hear those stories. They could remember stories, relate to them, retell them to their children, and share them with others.
And those stories, known as parables, have opened the eyes of countless generations since to the love of a reachable God.
I believe Christian fiction can do the same today. It’s all about hope – showing real-life readers how fictional characters deal with the same everyday struggles they face.
As a Christian fiction author, I write Western romance, and I’ve been ridiculed for it.
“Isn’t inspirational romance an oxymoron?” one man snarked at a social gathering after learning I was an author.
Clearly, he assumed that godly ideas and morals could not coexist with romance, that the two concepts opposed one another, as in sharp and dull in accordance with the Greek definition of oxymoron.
His assumption revealed what he thought he knew about romance and what he didn’t know about God.
One of my favorite reader comments came from a woman who said she wished she’d read Christian romance like mine before she started dating. She would have known how women should be treated—not like cars taken for test drives.
The image she shared flavors what I write as a Christian romance author.
Granted, romance is not everyone’s first choice of fictional reading material, but neither is any other genre. However, a redemptive thread strengthens any story, whether it is an action-packed thriller, murder mystery, sci-fi tale, or fantasy.
The power of story can’t be ignored. Well-placed word pictures remain on the walls of our memories long after the words themselves fade.
May Christian novelists be inspired to choose their words wisely, and thereby plant truth in the hearts of their readers.
Wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, Davalynn Spencer writes cowboy romance. She is an ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author and winner of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. And she’s fairly certain her previous career as a rodeo journalist and crime-beat reporter prepared her for life in Colorado, wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Connect with her at http://davalynnspencer.com/
He doesn’t need her sass. She doesn’t need his approval. But they both need a second chance.
Abandoned by her faithless husband for the Dakota gold fields, rancher’s daughter Elizabeth Beaumont returns to her hometown determined to prove she’s not the impetuous girl she once was. Armed with a new skill and old determination, she’s intent on making it on her own. Discovering that the new sheriff lives downstairs in the same boarding house wouldn’t be nearly so frustrating if he’d stay out of her affairs, quit calling her Betsy, and stop making her wonder if she could love again.
Garrett Wilson exchanged his deputy’s badge for a drover’s bedroll after his first attempt at law enforcement cost an innocent bystander his life. Now Wilson’s back wearing a star in a Front Range cow town, hunting an arsonist and falling for a woman who wants to know the secret behind his deepest scar. He can run again from his painful past, or he can stay and fight for the town that needs him and the woman who’s worked under his skin and into his heart.