Wednesday, December 3, 2008

In conclusion . . .

For me, the perfect example of Christian fiction is:

Stephen King's Pet Sematary.

It deals with death, resurrection, and the separation of the body/soul unit. And, it never gets too preachy. I'm sure King touches on these issues enough to spark that universal human turmoil which leads to a re-evaluation of one's place in the world and eventual decision to either accept the gift of salvation through Christ or . . . not.

Okay, I think I 've made my point.

My real answer is Demon - A Memoir by my friend, Tosca Lee. ( Btw, whether she likes it or not, I'm going to start calling her my friend since I'm mentioned in the acknowledgements of Havah. :) ) Besides being my all-time favorite novel, Demon embodies both definitions at once. For believers, it reaffirms our story while providing a deeper understanding and appreciation for God's grace. For non-believers, it forgoes the sales pitch and simply lays the truth bare for all to see and judge on their own accord.

Her newest novel, Havah, is a superb follow-up and another perfect example of Christian fiction.

5 comments:

Nicole said...

I already knew Demon was it. :) No surprise here. Great book.

Tosca said...

Dayle,

Of course you can call me friend! And thank you so much for your words on Demon. The tough years of Demon's writing/selling/revising have been worth it many times over (something I never could have imagined at the time) because of you--and you, too, Nicole. Thank you for helping to make that unlikely project such a blessing in the end.

Tosca

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Whew!! Glad to hear it, Tosca. Your attorney wasn't quite so understanding on the phone this morning. :)

I knew you'd know, Nicole. Btw, I didn't really intend to do a 3 post build-up. It's just that my internet has been so slow lately that I've been giving up the post out of frustration.


p.s. I hate putting the little smiley face after a joke as I did above. But it appears that, sometimes, either some don't get it. Or, it could be that I didn't execute it well enough....Nah!

Nicole said...

In all honesty I think Demon . . . a memoir should be required reading for Christians. Then they can purchase it for gifts to selected (by the Holy Spirit) unbelievers.

Okay, Dayle. Where does The Famous One fit into your definitions?

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Nicole, I had intended on going into more detail, but my internet has been frustratingly slow.

The point I left out is that there is certainly alot of overlapping of these thoughts. Very few books are purely one or the other. I think Famous One falls in the middle. Depending on the audience, it could do either.

As I've said before, I think the evangelical outreach potential of fiction is grossly overrated. But the two that transcend that statement is Tosca's.