Wednesday, August 3, 2016
And as a cherry on the top, she will be giving away one paperback copy of Beast--yes, a paperback copy. As in the version you can't get until October from anywhere else.
So hop over to Emilie's blog and join the conversation!
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Well, Beast was supposed to have been released last month.
Supposed to have are the optative words in that sentence.
Due to some business logistics outside of my hands, the official release date for Beast has been shoved back to October 14, 2016.
That's the bad news. But there is good news too.
Although it is hard to wait, the delay makes it possible for Beast to be available in bookstores!
In the meantime, the e-book of Beast is already available. You can purchase the Kindle version here.
Or if you can't wait for the bookstores, you can pre-order the paperback version here or here.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
What was the protagonist pursuing? Why was it important he obtain it?
What does this story say about our desire for immortality and the ways in which we try achieve it?
What does this teach us about God’s promises about the future and our need for them?
Where does our value as humans come from?
What does this story say about what is valuable in life?
What does this reveal about our perceived value and how God values us?
What sacrifices were made and why?
In what ways does it stretch the imagination?/Which “what if?” questions does this story pose?
What does the story reveal about what God is capable of doing?
What familiar thing do you see in a new light?
What does this story reveal about our need for worship?
What does this story teach about how we do or should worship?
How can we learn from their failures and successes?
What can you learn about using language with beauty and precision in mind?
What fresh perspective for now does this story provide?
What does this story reveal about God’s guidance and our need for it?
What do you learn about human nature?
What do you learn about death?
What does this story say about truth?
What does this reveal about God’s faithfulness, reliability, truthfulness and unchanging nature?
What does this reveal about His power?
What is it seen as folly and why?
What is important in life?
How can we learn to see the ridiculousness in our lives so we don’t take things so seriously?
What outside perspective does this story provide?
What does this teach us about God’s perspective versus our perspective?
What makes the crime solver good at their job and how can you learn some of those skills?
How was logic applied, both in the committing of the crime and solving of the crime?
How did a “small sin” lead to murder or other crimes?
What can be learned about human nature, especially our capacity for sin?
What does this story say about justice?
How does that reflect the characteristic of God’s justice?
What can you learn about the correlation between external actions & internal motivations?
How do we work with people different from ourselves?
What does this story say about our need to love and be loved?
What does this reveal about God’s love and how to love each other?
How is technology used in this story? What does this say about technology?
What is the logical conclusion of the ethics & morality presented?
What does this story teach about what makes us human?
What does this story say about right and wrong, boundaries and absolutes?
How does it reflect God’s standards and absolutes—and our need for them?
What questionable actions did the protagonist take, and why? Was this right, why or why not?
How did the villain justify his actions?
What do we learn about integrity, about how and when to take a stand?
What does this story say about the sources of safety and protection?
What does this reveal about God’s protective nature?
Monday, July 11, 2016
Of course, these aren’t the only genres out there. Many genres can be mixed and matched: a romance and a suspense can be combined for romantic suspense. Genres can also be graded according to ages or reading levels. Or they can be divided by how content is handled into Christian fiction, inspirational fiction, and secular fiction. As result, you can have a nearly endless variety.
So go, explore. Stretch your perspectives and your boundaries, using fiction to help discover who God created us to be.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Therefore, we read historical novels because they remind us that we need guidance, and when we acknowledge the Lord, the true source of guidance, He will make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:6), whispering in our ear, “This is the way, walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)