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Why You Should Write That Novel if You’re a Christian Author

By February 22, 2016 One Comment

Last updated on May 10th, 2018

john-david-kudrickStories That Change the World                                                                       

By Editor John David Kudrick

So you’re a Christian who follows God with all your heart, and you keep getting this inner nudge that you’re supposed to write a novel. Maybe you even have a great idea for a story simmering in your imagination.

So what’s stopping you?*

Maybe the better question is, do you know that your story will have the potential to change lives as God works through the words you write and speaks to the hearts of your readers?

If you’re a reader of faith-based fiction, then you know what I’m talking about. You’re having a horrible day and you somehow manage to make it to bed, where you typically read some fiction and some Bible for a bit before lights-out. You don’t even feel like reading, but you pick up the novel to start with. Then you read something that takes your breath away. It lifts your spirit out of the gloom. And you know to your very core that God is whispering to your heart through the words you just read.

No work of fiction is on par with the Bible, the very inspired Word of God offered to humanity as life-giving water for our souls. But when a Christ-follower writes a novel because he or she feels prompted by God to do so, it opens the door for God to speak through the story to readers right where they’re at in life.

And please do not confuse this with writing a story because you have some message or moral to share with the world. The point of writing a novel is to tell a good story-NOT to share a message from a soapbox. If you pen a good story while being open to the whisperings of God’s Spirit as you write, then the message and the morals will be woven throughout the story, without having to beat the reader over the head with them.

So, again, what’s stopping you? Not enough time? Fear of failure? Whatever it may be, I want to leave you with a quote from a 2005 online interview with author Robert Liparulo:

“I struggled with the whole idea of, “˜Has God given me this gift to write so that I can write entertainment?’ And I really struggled with this; I had friends praying for me. A couple of friends sent me some articles on vocation and how God blesses other people through you. And I learned that if you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, how God wired you, then God is blessing others through you. If you don’t do that, you’re withholding the blessings that God intends for other people.”

Robert Liparulo has now written and published several books that are reaching readers around the world. Go and do likewise if it’s part of God’s call on your life.

*Okay, I’ll agree that, yes, you may have some really good reasons for not writing the novel or novels that God has placed on your heart: a physical issue of some sort, a family crisis, etc. And that’s fine. If God wants you to write a story, he’ll provide you with a season of opportunity to do so-but remember you’ll still have to make a serious commitment of your time and energy.

With more than fifteen years of editorial experience, a bachelor’s degree in theology, and a master’s degree focused on fiction, John David is ready to partner with you in crafting the very best story you can write whether it be helping you with substantive (content) editing, copyediting, proofreading, orbook proposal development.

John David Kudrick

Author John David Kudrick

With a BA in theology, an MA focused on fiction, and 20 years of editorial/writing experience, John David has been privileged to work with some of the finest Christian publishers in the nation, including Bethany House, David C Cook, NavPress, Realms Fiction, Marcher Lord Press, and Whitaker House – where, as senior editor, he worked on James Byron Huggins' Nightbringer, a book that Library Journal named one of its annual top five Christian novels. To date, John David has had the opportunity to serve as editor on more than 150 published titles and works with authors from across the US and around the world. More about John David Kudrick

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  • John, I love your point about how it’s about telling a good story and not standing on a soapbox. Although, I admit that some soapboxes are a bit interesting to read. I think that it’s nice when Christian authors have that balance of sharing a great story and making a good point.

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