Thursday, February 24, 2011

To Be Bold

Thursdays – Dawn’s Devotions for Writers

“Therefore, since we have such a hope,
we are very bold.”
(2 Corinthians 3:12 NIV)

Have you ever experienced this scenario (or something similar) at a party, where you’re employed, or while getting your hair cut? If you’ve just met the person, they may ask, “What do you do?” If it’s a co-worker, they may comment, “I hear you’re a writer.” Then the conversation continues from there.

Person: What do you write?

Me: (I hesitate a second.) I write contemporary romance.

Person: That’s cool. What do you have published? Have you read …?” (The title of the book infers bodice-ripping action.)

Me: My articles and devotions have been published, but I'm still working on getting my novels into print. And actually, I write Christian romance.

Person: Christian romance?

Me: Sure! Christian fiction covers all the genres—romance, suspense, mystery, fantasy, historicals. You name it.

Person looking stunned: Really?

Me: The books are just as entertaining as secular. They just don’t include swearing, or gratuitous sex and violence. And a Christian theme or message is written into the story.

Person still looking stunned: Hmmm …

Do you ever hesitate to tell a stranger, or someone you don’t know very well, that you’re not only a writer, but that you write Christian material?

I’ll admit that there have been a few occasions where I’ve wondered, “Do I really want to get into this and explain?”

I’m not ashamed of what I write. I love and feel honored being a part of what’s happening in Christian writing today. I hesitate—before plowing forward—because I don’t know if the person will “get it.” I wonder if I’m just going to be wasting my time. I wonder if they’ll tune me out as soon as I mention the word Christian in connection to the writing.

Reality—it’s not my problem whether they understand, are interested, tune me out, label me a zealot, or think I’m just plain weird!

My job is to be BOLD with spreading God’s message and leave the rest up to him. If I can get one person asking questions or interested in picking up a Christian novel, then that person will be one step closer to learning a little bit about God, his love, and the hope offered.

And isn’t that the reason we write in the first place?


  1. Great post, Dawn! I've felt the same way. It's interesting the responses you get: "Christian fiction? Isn't that an oxymoron?" As if writing fiction is lying. And there is especially a stigma attached to writing romance. But, you're right. We need to be bold. God inspired the Song of Songs; He isn't embarrassed or shy about romance. We shouldn't be either, especially when it glorifies Him and His plan for people to be in relationships. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Thanks for your comments, Annette. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one that struggles with this. :-D


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