What is Christian literature? God’s truth, wherever you find it

In a 1997 interview with Books and Culture, William F. Buckley Jr. was asked what thinkers influenced him theologically. "I'm a theological novice," he answered, "but I simply assume that the Christian prism tends to inform Christians, whatever they are reading."All literature, in other words, has the potential to be Christian literature. A believer should be able to find something good, true, and beautiful thumbing through most any book -- or at least be reminded of those things by their … [Read more...]

The redemptive quality of a story

Flannery O'Connor

In her essay “The Grotesque in Southern Fiction,” Flannery O’Connor writes that readers desire and even need something uplifting in the books that they read.“There is something in us,” she says, “as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored.”At Thomas Nelson, where I work, we strive to publish stories that are in some sense redemptive. It’s a priority at the acquisitions and editor … [Read more...]


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