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Review of Alara’s Call

Review of Alara’s Call

Celebrating the Release of Kristen Stieffel’s Debut Novel I am so excited about the release of our own Kristen Stieffel’s Alara’s Call, The Prophet’s Chronicle Book 1. Although Alara’s Call fits into the fantasy category of speculative fiction as a “sword opera” set in a fictional world, there is no magic. Alara’s visions, and other characters’ […]

Irma is Not God’s Punishment

Irma is Not God’s Punishment

This happens every time a major disaster happens. Some crank — sometimes a more high-profile crank than others — claims that the disaster is God’s “punishment” for some perceived infraction on the part of whoever’s getting slammed at the moment. Pat Robertson once denounced my home city of Orlando because of Walt Disney World’s acceptance […]

Christian Writers Must Deal With Real-Life Issues

Christian Writers Must Deal With Real-Life Issues

Guest Blogger: Laura VanArendonk Baugh   We are failing as Christians. I recently attended a new writers’ conference, my first which focused specifically on the Christian market. I am a Christian author who writes almost exclusively for the general market, so I knew this conference was not going to be for me the way other […]

Tolkien’s Akallabeth: Treasure Hidden in a Field (or by a Wave)

Tolkien’s Akallabeth: Treasure Hidden in a Field (or by a Wave)

Guest Blogger: H.G. Ferguson Say the name “Tolkien” and immediately images flourish about rings, trilogies, hobbits and fabulous fantasy films. Everybody knows The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and perhaps even The Silmarillion. But how many Christians have read or even heard of “Akallabêth,” Tolkien’s story of the downfall of the greatest kingdom of […]

The Dreaded D Word

The Dreaded D Word

That dreaded “D” word. No, I don’t mean Democrat or Donald. You people have a one-track mind. Eye roll. I also don’t mean the “D” word as in taking a synonym for condemnation and adding “it” to the end either. I’m talking about “Discipline”, and if you’re like me, you’re thinking of punishment of some […]

The Greatest of These

The Greatest of These

I spent last weekend at the annual Realm Makers conference, the writers’ conference dedicated to people of faith who write speculative fiction. Realm Makers was developed in many ways because us lovers of science fiction and fantasy felt as if we had no place in the Christian marketplace. We were in sort of a no-man’s-land […]

Censoring Books

Censoring Books

Every so often a news article or something will pop up about a “banned” book and there will be a huge controversy surrounding those who want the book boycotted and those who think it should be embraced. Sometimes it’s a classic, like Huckleberry Finn, and one side wants to ban it because of its cultural […]