Fantasy: Shining light into the darkness with the sword of a ready writer.

Elizabeth Goddard Uncategorized 6 Comments

Today I received a book in the mail that a writing friend sent me because she’d finished reading it and had too many books anyway, or so she said. Can one ever have too many books? She suggested I read the pages in the back after the end of the novel itself. The words, penned by Bill Bright, stirred me so that I wanted to share them with you. If you’re already familiar with them, allow them to stir you, inspire you again.

” . . . I have come to the conclusion that a good novel on biblical themes can reach many more people than most theological works. God Himself, upon coming to earth in the form of Jesus of Nazareth, chose stories as His primary mode of communication. He used fiction. We call them parables, but they are stories either way–the story of the Prodigal Son, the story of the Sower, the story of the Unjust Judge, and many other similar stories.

Fiction works in a unique way, of course. It’s more like a megaphone, trumpeting truth in grand terms to bring inspiration, than like expository teaching. Fiction uses major themes in a story to speak boldly, and I believe the truth woven throughout this novel is one for which the church is desperate.”

Bill Bright is referring to Blessed Child by Ted Dekker and himself, of course.

Before I admitted that the Lord was indeed calling me to write, He kept bringing this verse to my attention by way of that still small voice, or flipping through my bible, or a quote on the radio.
My heart overflows with a noble theme. I recite my verses for the king. My tongue is like the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1.
When I finally stopped to question if he were trying to tell me something, that day I received in the mail a letter that began with, “Has God given you your verse today, confirming that He wants you to write.” Well, of course, I couldn’t argue with that.

Neither can I argue with the direction he has taken my writing. Yet there is a large community of Christians that are opposed to Science Fiction or fantasy, believing that it can’t tell the story of Christ. In Genesis 1:3 it says that he separated the light from the darkness. Since I was looking for a verse to apply to my fantasy novel, I read this with new understanding.

God divided the light from the darkness–in a spiritual sense. There is a spiritual battle being waged that we cannot see, but it is there all the same, and it can readily be displayed through the pages of a fantasy novel. Beginning in mid-May I will join another group of SFF writers in a blog tour, promoting this genre in the Christian arena.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a prayer by Bill Bright: Lord, may your light shine brightly on this world of
darkness.

Oh by the way, though the picture is not relevant to the topic, I thought it was nice!

Comments 6

  1. Margo Carmichael

    Hi, Beth, I love where Bill Bright said, “I believe the truth woven throughout this novel is one for which the church is desperate.” I share his desire to make the church in the U.S. aware of what they’re missing in the power and glory of the Lord seen by missionaries and much simpler people than we in this perhaps Laodicean (Revelation 3) Church era.

    Enjoy the book.

    Hugs and blessings!

  2. Mirtika

    LEFT BEHIND is fantasy. TED DEKKER’S books are often fantasy. PERETTI is fantasy.

    It’s interesting that people will buy those in droves, then say SF/F is not appropriate.

    HAHAHAH. Oh, sorry, that was cynical Mir laughter polluting the air.

    Good post. I’m with you on the SF/F site promotions.

    Mir

  3. shirley buxton

    Hello, this is the first time I have seen your site, and I enjoyed perusing it. I’ve only been blogging a bit over two months, but find I thoroughly enjoy it. I began doing so as a lark, but since then have felt it develop into a ministry for me. I have such a good life knowing Jesus that I want to let others know of it.

    blessings,

    Shirley

  4. Kathy Mackel

    Beth, thanks for the encouraging post. From my own admittedly-biased point of view, I think SF and fantasy are a must in Christian fiction. The gospel requires people to hope for a reality they haven’t yet seen. Isn’t that what good SF and fantasy offer? I believe SF&F gives readers the opportunity to stretch their imaginations and–when written with heart–the broadening of heart and mind needed to look for that which is Precious and Unique and Amazing. Confining Christian novelists to the concrete limits the opportunity to shed a glimmer on that dear Savior who is so beyond our “concrete” experience as to be almost unknowable.

    And…I would argue that the rich man-Lazarus parable was perhaps the first ‘fantasy’ parable. I wouldn’t argue too hard (wouldn’t dare) but truly that parable is a great example of Jesus going beyond our everyday experience to expand our comprehension of heaven–and the power of His salvation.

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