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April 14, 2010



Amen. Written with passion and conviction: you go, Girl.

Melissa Marsh

Excellent! You've said what many of us are thinking!

Duane Scott

Some great advice that I needed to read!

Whoever runs the entire show of The Master's Artist, I love your blog with the mission statement. I love to stop by here and find all the new artist/authors.

You've shown me to many amazing people and blogs! Thanks

Miz Melly

I don't know - I think there's so much of God and God's kingdom even in some of the most 'icky' movies and books. I'm constantly finding God showing up in the theatre and the cinema when I least expect it - in stories about flawed, broken human beings who discover love, peace and acceptance, even if God perse is never mentioned or referred to. I don't believe that the world is black and white, and I believe in the bottomless pit of grace that redeems everything... this is what I long to see reflected in all art... and artists using their imagination to render true a world where justice rolls like an ever flowing stream...I love your passion, K.M... that's something I look forward to seeing more off too.

susan fish

I am struggling with this in my writing right now. I have a character who has sought to fill the hole in his soul with sex. And now he's in a loving relationship. And now God has met him. So, does he need to instantly embrace a biblical standard of chastity? And if he doesn't, will the book sell? And if he does, will he be a real character? I find this a tough question. I'm finding an interesting way through the challenge that I hope will balance all these questions, but it isn't easy. And sometimes a small, deep change can be more meaningful and inspiring and hopefilled than anything - both in real life and in fiction.

K.M. Weiland

@Nicole: Thanks for reading! I believe passion is such an important part of art. If we're not passionate, why bother?

@Melissa: This clan of Christian writers is a good place to be a part of, isn't it?

@Duane: I think we all need reminded from time to time. I know from personal experience how easy it is to lose focus.

@Miz: Ultimately, I agree. God is everywhere we look. Some of the stories that have moved me most have been written by people who obviously came from anything but a Christian world view. But, at the same time, there's lots of degrading crud out there. As Christians, I believe it's our responsibility to make sure we aren't hiding God's light under a bushel barrel.

Jason Black

> Some of the greatest moral stories in both literature and movies find their foundation in the premise of flawed and interesting characters struggling with wrong choices.

For that matter, some of the greatest moral stories in _The Bible_ are based on flawed and interesting characters. Flaws make the struggle meaningful. Christian writers who miss that point are, well, kind of missing the _whole_ point if you ask me.

K.M. Weiland

Exactemundo. There are no perfect people. And, all I can say is, thank heavens that's so, because it would be an awfully boring world otherwise - and writers would be out of a job! It's the perfecting, *not* the perfection that's interesting and inspiring.

Sandra King

Great post, Katie! I've been so convicted about excellence lately, considering we're writing for the Master Writer and Storyteller. Amazing how others seem to be, too. I hope it shows up in my book--should it ever see the light. ;)

You rock, girlfriend!

Johne Cook

I still wrestle with this. Adhere too closely to gospel and you lose your audience. Adhere too much to the world and the salt loses its savor. It seems there's a razor-edged fine line there that no one can see, and yet if you can find it, you can simultaneously remain true to your calling /and/ rouse the world's interest in Biblical truths about the genuine God.

I remember when Frank Peretti wrote his two angelic warfare novels. They took some liberties with literal fact, but represented the gist of spiritual reality in a fashion that was both entertaining and enlightening. Would that we could do more of that, be both relevant and remain true to our calling.


Wow, Katie. That's challenging. I need to go write some more. :-) Preach on sister. Your words ring very true.

@Miz - your character might have an internal struggle with remaining pure until marriage, in this loving relationship you're talking about. I've known men, when coming to faith, who struggle, and ones who drop all kinds of habits and chains instantly.

I think more would consider a new Christian who struggles and overcomes to be not only more believeable, but encouraging, a call to be better than they are.

I've seen encouraging Christian films, BTW, recently, that are spot-on. Facing the Giants, Flywheel, Fireproof, and am looking forward to 'Letters to God'.

Your post here is a clarion call for us to be careful, since we are actually about the Lord's work.

K.M. Weiland

@Sandra: We can't control who reads our work or how far it goes, but we can control are commitment to making it the best it can be so that it can serve our Savior however He wants it to.

@Johne: It *is* a tough line to walk, and we all seem to interpret where exactly the line falls a little differently. For me, it comes down to staying open to the Holy Spirit and being aware of where He is leading.

@Chris: I believe God gave me the talent and desire to write for a reason. If that's so, I have a responsibility to live up to whatever that reason is. It makes the journey that much more exciting!

Dee Stewart

great post, K.M.. your question has been asked and answered, asked and answered for at least five years here at The Master's Artists and other blogs within the Christian writing blogosphere. as a reviewer what i have found is that each year our selection of relevant, well-written stories with Christian point-of-view increases. I believe its because of these continued discussions and authors, who are challenging the cookie cutter type characters by producting stories that are more realisticc and relevant for us.

it would be great if spotlighted more of some of those books and authors here at TMA. i definitely as i compile my summer reading list recommendations for this year.

K.M. Weiland

No doubt about it: the landscape of Christian fiction is changing - and changing for the better, I think. I'm very interested to see what the Lord does with his army of Christian authors.

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