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World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 3: Building a Religion)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 3: Building a Religion)

I’m continuing my series on world building. Start by checking out Part One and Part Two. Building a Religion In Part One, I had an overview of different elements that go into creating a rich, round culture. Now, I’m going to break down those elements and talk about implementing each one in a more detailed […]

The Need for Opposing Worldviews in Christian Fiction

The Need for Opposing Worldviews in Christian Fiction

Guest Blogger: Janeen Ippolito When Christian authors talk about religion in their books, the main topic is often how we’ve incorporated a biblical worldview. I have another question to throw at you: how are you incorporating non-biblical worldviews? Why bother with focusing on religions that clearly aren’t Christian? 1. Realistic Variety — The world is […]

Why Alara’s Redeemer Is a Woman

Why Alara’s Redeemer Is a Woman

I’ve started pitching Alara’s Call this way: It’s about a clergywoman who becomes a prophet. She’s called to prophesy to world leaders, starting with her father, about how God expects Her people to be governed. More than half the time, that “Her people” gets totally ignored. Either people think it refers to Alara, or they’re […]

Investing in Lightning Rods Pt 1

Investing in Lightning Rods Pt 1

My books aren’t about conversion. Far from it. I’ve never had readers mark my stuff as “preachy”. However, there is certainly religion. I have what I would call “true believers” in my fantasy series. They believe in the true God I have created for their world. I even have true prophets who do miracles in […]

Breaking out of the Christian cocoon

Breaking out of the Christian cocoon

This weekend, I’ll begin leading a new series in my Sunday school class using Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels. The E-word — evangelism — is one rarely spoken in our denominational circle, and when it is, it’s often with a big dose of self-deprecation. We know we should do it, but we […]

Sectarianism: The charge we cannot deny

Sectarianism: The charge we cannot deny

This Thanksgiving, as so often before, I was thankful for my neighbors, who cooked the dinner. All I had to bring was green beans. Any day I don’t have to cook is a true holiday. The company was enjoyable, and when talk turned to politics — as it so easily can in November — the […]

Spirituality in Fantasy Fiction

Spirituality in Fantasy Fiction

I often frequent forums that discuss famous fantasy writers. First, I find it entertaining to hear what people get out of a book I’ve also read. But mostly I do it because I want to know what people like. A recent post concerning Brandon Sanderson caught my eye. “I think Sanderson is very good because of […]

There Has To Be a Balance!

There Has To Be a Balance!

I’m faced with a dilemma. Here’s the problem. The villain in Dividing Spirits is a demon named Axriel. An ancient, Christian-hating, apocalypse type demon. When I first wrote the novel, I created Axriel to be hard-core, evil being. He had no redeeming qualities, he didn’t think nice thoughts, or show any weakness. He would foul, […]