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Friday, March 13, 2015

Guest Devotional: Lillian Duncan

One Message....Many Stories

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  --Philippians 4: 8

Writing Stories of Faith...Mingled With Murder & Mayhem...


That’s the tagline for my website. I like it. It describes the stories I write perfectly. However, when I tell people I write murder mysteries and suspense that are Christian Fiction, I often get a blank stare or even one of disbelief.
Really? Christian Fiction and murder/suspense? On the surface the two don’t seem to go together. After all, how can a book where murders, mayhem, and bad guys abound promote Christian values?
Well…that’s a good question. I thought I had a pretty good answer until I came across Phillipians 4: 8. Oops! Now, I had a problem. I knew the verse before but never related it to my writing.
Suddenly, I had to wonder if God was pleased with the type of stories I write. My books definitely had a spiritual message, but I wouldn’t call them pure or lovely.
After prayer and meditation, I came to the conclusion my stories showed biblical truths and characters acting nobly and admirably even if the circumstances were not pure and lovely.
Just as the Bible shows godly truths by showing the worst of human nature and the best, so do my stories. As writers of Christian fiction, we write many stories with many characters in many locales with many problems, but there is only one true message—GOD is our hope and our salvation.
My latest story, BIRTHRIGHT, is no exception. In fact, it may have the strongest spiritual message of all my books up to this point. And the funny thing is, it’s not even classified under Christian Fiction. It’s a supernatural horror story.

I write suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense not supernatural horror stories. This book is definitely out of the box for me. I love to read a spooky book now and then, such as those by Frank Peretti or James L. Rubart. 

But I never thought I’d write one. Until I had a dream one night. That dream eventually became BIRTHRIGHT. Here’s the blurb:

Is evil real? Does it prowl around like a lion searching for its next victim?
Sam Langstrom knows the answer to those questions. He’s known since he was a child. Evil is not only real, but his birthright.
But can a man change his destiny?
With God’s help, Sam believes he’s put the ghosts of his childhood behind him. Now a preacher with a wife and a child of his own, life is good. Right up until that moment when his house explodes in front of his eyes—with his child inside.
The ghosts are back.
He has one chance to save his child, but to do so means to turn his back on God. Will he accept his birthright—bow down to the evil? Will he give the lion its final victory—his soul?

Jesus used stories to teach Biblical truths. He knew that people naturally respond to a story and are willing to learn from someone else’s problems rather than an in-your-face approach. We call them parables.
Here’s a definition for a parable that I love—an earthly story with a heavenly message. Wow! How about that—I write parables!
And so do you if you write Christian Fiction. My stories are different than yours, and that’s fine. There are many ways to get God’s message out. As long as our earthly stories share a heavenly message, God will be pleased.
 Many stories—one message.

               



Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net.  She also has a devotional blog at: www.PowerUpWithGod.com  as well as her personal blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com 






Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Coming June 1

A great collection of inspiring stories, by your favorite Christian authors (including me!). Watch for details.

And writers, Kathy Ide is still accepting submissions for future books in this series!