Monday, February 20, 2012

Sharing Faith in Fiction: Seeking Guidance by Sharon Hinck


Many things can give writers fits, like including the faith thread. Sharon Hinck is back this Mixing-It-Up Monday to share more advice where sharing our faith in our fiction is concerned. Enjoy! ~ Annette

Seeking Guidance*
by Sharon Hinck

Just as we look for the most appropriate place, time, and words for telling our neighbor about the love of Christ, as writers we need to seek God’s direction for how we share our faith within our stories.

Sometimes when we feel a passion toward a certain direction, we begin to judge others who are called to a different priority. “I don’t like how her novels show scenes happening in a church, or characters praying all the time.” “His books are too secular. They never mention Jesus.” “All stories should have a salvation scene so readers know how to accept Jesus as Savior if they read the book.” “We need to appeal to the wider market and avoid offending people with specifics about faith.”

Instead of scorning the choices another writer makes, let God direct you to the sort of writing, the audience, and the arena where He wants to use you. 

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*This article is an excerpt from Sharon Hinck’s ACFW course on Sharing Faith in Fiction. Used with permission. Next week, Part III.

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The Restorer-Expanded Edition
 
Susan Mitchell thought she was an ordinary homemaker. She was wrong. When she’s pulled through a portal into another world, she finds a nation grappling for its soul and waiting for a promised Restorer to save their people.

She has always longed to do something important for God, but can she fill this role?

While she struggles to adapt to a foreign culture, she tackles an enemy that is poisoning the minds of the people, uncovers a corrupt ruling Council, and learns that God can use even her floundering attempts at service in surprising ways.

This new expanded edition of The Restorer includes an in-depth devotion guide for readers who want to dig into the spiritual themes of the book, bonus scenes providing glimpses of the story through a variety of characters, and fun extras including links to songs and recipes.
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Sharon writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary people experiencing God’s grace in unexpected ways. Known for their authenticity, emotional range, and spiritual depth, her novels include contemporary fiction such as The Secret Life of Becky Miller or Stepping into Sunlight and the groundbreaking Sword of Lyric fantasy series which includes The Restorer–Expanded Edition. She’s been a Christy finalist and won three Carol awards.

Sharon’s undergrad degree is in education, and she earned an M.A. in Communication. When she isn’t wrestling with words, Sharon enjoys speaking to conferences, retreats, and church groups. She loves interacting with visitors at her website and blog: sharonhinck.com

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