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    Likes metaphors mixed, not stirred Chris P's Avatar
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    Vicky, I echo all of the thoughts and perspectives expressed here. I would add that most readers are able to distinguish a writer from her characters and her stories. If not, we would all have to work for churches or be ministers for fear that we'd be seen as unfaithful!

    Although I don't write in the Christian genre (except for trying my hand at a praiseful poem now and then), I do pray that my writing, even the nasty scenes, supports God's will, and says what he wants it to. I try to be uplifting even though that doesn't always mean a happy ending. Or a flawless hero.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrie in PA View Post
    If it helps any, the Christian market is a man-made marketing construct, nothing more, nothing less. That market doesn't speak for God, it speaks for the readers they sell books to. I did a quick google search for "Christian authors writing secular books" and got a TON of articles - I read a bunch on the first page that were really good.

    I think the key is simpler than we make it - if we write in a way that doesn't distance us from God, it's fine. And that looks different for every writer, just like alcohol -- drinking can be a sin for someone who can't handle it, but it can be perfectly okay for someone who enjoys a glass of wine now and again.

    You can absolutely write secular books that don't offend your convictions and beliefs without conforming to the specific market.

    Your gift, your talent, your work - that's all between you and God.

    HUGS! It's not an easy dilemma!!
    That does help. I constantly remind myself that man is not in control. God makes the rules. And he owns everything. I went to the bookstore today, and i'd forgotten how ridiculously happy i am when i'm in one. Like, i swear I walked around for twenty minutes smiling like a idiot thinking, "YESSSS!" I gave that up because I thought reading books was sinful (please don't ask me why I thought that~).

    You are very right. And testing everything against God helps! He will tell us what we can and can't write/do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris P View Post
    Vicky, I echo all of the thoughts and perspectives expressed here. I would add that most readers are able to distinguish a writer from her characters and her stories. If not, we would all have to work for churches or be ministers for fear that we'd be seen as unfaithful!

    Although I don't write in the Christian genre (except for trying my hand at a praiseful poem now and then), I do pray that my writing, even the nasty scenes, supports God's will, and says what he wants it to. I try to be uplifting even though that doesn't always mean a happy ending. Or a flawless hero.
    Yes! Thank you
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