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The Writer and the Cross: Interviews with Authors of Christian Historical Fiction

The Writer and the Cross: Interviews with Authors of Christian Historical Fiction

by Darren J.N. Middleton


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Spiritually engaged readers commonly look towards fiction to better understand the depth of a faithful life, and Christians are no exception. Many followers of Jesus value beautifully written, deftly characterized and pulse-quickening literary art that often seems more satisfying than dry, 567 tedious doctrinal textbooks. This book surveys twelve pieces of historical fiction that each feature notable Christian thinkers as protagonists. Texts include an illustrated children's book about St. Irenaeus of Lyons, a novel about Martin Luther's Reformation, a screenplay focusing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and even a story about Pope Francis narrated in popular manga style. Rather than offering arcane literary analyses of such stories, this book provides winsome, thoughtful and sometimes painful interviews with the authors of the covered works. Most interviewees are little known or emerging writers. Some have published their work with a church or denominational press, others with a major publishing empire or popular print-on-demand platforms. Storytellers reflect on their literary choices and the contexts of their writing, sharing what modern Christians can learn from historical religious fiction.

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ISBN-13: 9781476678528
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/20/2022
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Darren J.N. Middleton (PhD, University of Glasgow) is John F. Weatherly Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth. He has written, edited, or contributed to many books and has lectured extensively on the alliance between Christian doctrine and the arts.

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