Writing a God-Centered story

A few weeks ago, I read a very gripping, first person, young adult fictional book. Besides the action, plot, twist and turns in this story, I still had a problem with it: the language.

You see, the author claimed to be a Christian but the way he wrote the book, never reflected it. Now had I read another one of his books before the one I stumbled upon, I would’ve probably reacted differently. But the truth of the matter is this, there was still cussing taking the name of God in vain, disrespectful to parents/authoritative figures present. Some of the things that I don’t look for in a potential good book.

So, what’s the problem? It's only a teen book?

That’s right! It's a book written for teens and teens are reading it. And as a writer, I want to present something that gives them another option, a better option. An option that no one has to blush at because of the content. Why? Because when I became a writer, I made a promise for one thing and one thing only. To write a God-Centered story.

You see, we live in a “monkey see, monkey do” society. The teens we see in the stores, malls, schools and elsewhere, act upon what they watch, read, and are allowed to get away with. We can’t let them do whatever they want in the name of “self-identity” and then correct them afterward when they’re doing exactly what we have allowed them to do. Or as a friend so beautifully put it… “by reading those things we're teaching them to act that way and then getting upset when they do”.

Instead of exploding at the lack of good, clean, material for our peers or audience to read and glean insight from, why don’t we do something about it? What about writing God-centered stories.

3 comments:

  1. ... and that's my goal right there. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Good reminder to focus our efforts on God!

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  3. Those are GREAT thoughts! I do agree with most of it. I do, however, think that in order for readers to take away the truth that we want to convey, we have to make the characters and situations realistic. Life isn't pretty, and if we pretend that bad things don't exist, will readers think our message is real either?
    But yes, Soli Deo Gloria!

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