Christian Fiction Edgy Style

I’m quoted in an article where i talk about my views on Christian fiction and why edgier Christian fiction is needed. You can read the full article here but here’s glimpse of it. Enjoy!

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Recently there has been a new genre within the writing industry called edgy Christian fiction. To those who aren’t aware of this new style, it is basically fiction that isn’t sweet, rosy, and deals with sinful issues, which some may perceive as being touchy.

Now there are some readers, and publishers that aren’t used to this type of writing, and are very dismissive of it. Which adds to my confusion, why am I confused? Well the Bible states all have sin and fallen short of the glory of God. 1 John 1:8 says ‘If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.’ That is why Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins.

Yes we are a new creation, but no we are not holier than thou. We have all had a past, which is why it is confusing, to be dismissive of fiction that portrays sinners saved by grace.

Author Parker J Cole boldly writes edgy Christian fiction. Upon interviewing her, I asked why she chose to write this genre.

‘The current Christian fiction out there seems dull, boring, and unrealistic. This doesn’t apply to every single book, but the majority of Christian fiction is very white washed, clean, and shows exemplary characters of sinners who sin ‘a little’. This is not to say that we don’t need those books, it’s good to have a benchmark to aspire to, with the ultimate goal of being like Christ. However the state of the church, particularly in the west, proves this to be opposite. Churches contain people who lie, cheat, and steal. Cynics, skeptics, and seekers sing praises to God, and don’t believe a word they’re singing.’ ”

Read the full article here: Christian Fiction Edgy Style

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4 responses to “Christian Fiction Edgy Style

  1. I’m definitely not a “pie in the sky … everything’s fine” person; so I have no problem with edge in Christian literature. The problem I see, however, is that some Christian author’s take this to mean detail the sin is such a way that it becomes equal in vulgarity to secular material. I’ve read books deemed “Christian” simply because God is mentioned in passing. There has to be a middle ground.

    • That’s a very good point to make and I concur with you. But everyone has a different tolerance level with what is ‘too edgy’ for them which causes the problem I think.

      • There doesn’t seem to be an easy answer. We Christians have difficulty agreeing on the basic fundamentals of scripture, I don’t think that “edgy” in fiction will be any easier. 🙂

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