Laura A. Diaz ____ Teach Write

TEACHER, AUTHOR, EDUblogger "I want to (read and) write books that unblock the traffic jam in everyone's mind." ~J. Updike

A new definition of Christian fiction and its ticket to Multicultural themes


To view original article visit: http://www.examiner.com/article/a-new-definition-of-christian-fiction-and-its-ticket-to-multicultural-themes

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“Given what we know about multiculturalism and Christianity, do the inspirational novels we read reflect the truth that we live in a diverse world or is it somehow segregated?

Let’s look at the secular world for a bit. There are Young Adult novels, Adult, Science Fiction, and romance novels to choose from. From within each category, there is a reflection of a different culture: Young adult novels range from pop culture to angst, to even magical cultures like Harry Potter. Within the romance genre you have ethnic books written by and for African Americans, Latinos, Indian, and Asian.

This is a pretty broad look at things. Before there was an actual category of Christian Fiction, there were writers who happened to be Christian and showed off some of their beliefs in subtle yet witty forms.C.S. Lewis and Flannery O’Connor come to mind.

However, in the early nineties or perhaps a bit before then, Christian fiction boomed with authors like Irene Hannon, Francine Rivers, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, and Terry Blackstock. Many of these authors have been publishing for well over fifteen years. Each of these authors have a special genre they cater to and they have generated a loyal following.

Who are these new Christian writers? The ones who push the envelope, dare to write suspense, and weave historical romances with plenty of kissing and violence.  Well, multicultural does not just encompass a race, but a movement.

For example, Ted Dekker has gained loyal following for his suspense novels geared towards teens and adults. Tosca Lee has found her niche in rewriting (or reflecting?) biblical truths such as in her book Demon: A Memoir.  Lisa T. Bergren pens very well told historical romances but really broke ground with her latest River of Time series for teenagers with a thirst romance and adventure.

Many more Christian authors are pushing boundaries once restricted and probably some publishing companies will have to revamp their ideals in order to help other Christian authors market their voices to new readers. For now, the new style definition of Christian Fiction seems to be a “genre of literature focusing on the redemptive work of Christ; that which inspires good feelings, hopeful thoughts(e.g. Amish Fiction) without the gratuitous sex or foul language.” ”

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Christian-Fiction-2In truth, at this time it is still very difficult to easily find YA Christian Multicultural fiction that isn’t what (most teens) consider irrelevant, fluff.   Or as teen blogger, Tessa Emily Hall of Christ is Write says, many teens see the books that are now available to them as, “cheesy, preachy, or boring.  You don’t want to preach to them. You want to offer them a story that believers and nonbelievers alike can both enjoy.”

 http://christiswrite.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-arent-there-more-teens-reading-ya.html

Multicultural Christian fiction is a very slow growing subgenre, but growing more and more each year. One encouraging sign is the Walk Worthy Press imprint which is offered by Warner books.  Also Harlequin’s Kimani Press has a new imprint called New Spirit which focuses on African American Inspirational books.   Examples of these are: Choose Me by Xenia Ruiz , Cover Girls by T.D. Jakes, Abraham’s Well by Sharon Ewell Foster, Like Sheep Gone Astray by Leslie Sherrod.

this oneSo, as the hunger for this YA genre continues to grow ravenous, I will continue to keep my eyes open  for more books like this to be readily accessible not only for this audience, but for those of us who aren’t YA, yet still absolutely love to read ( and write) books in this genre.  Happy Reading! 🙂

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“To be inspired is great, but to inspire is an honor.” ― Stacey T. Hunt

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10 comments on “A new definition of Christian fiction and its ticket to Multicultural themes

  1. Erica
    February 3, 2015

    Thank you so much for re-posting! I just found this and I love your site! Lately I have found more Christian teen books as well as science fiction books put out there by Enclave Publishing. Kudos!

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  2. Roscoe Salcedo
    January 16, 2014

    Love this! Keep up the great posts. Digging your WATTPAD story you got posted too. When you going to post more? You got a fan here fer sure.just sayin.

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  3. Eric
    December 8, 2013

    This is amazing! I would love to get my hands on this book.

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  4. Abigail
    September 20, 2013

    I’m glad to see the uptick in multicultural Christian fiction. Thank you, Laura, for highlighting this! I think it finds a natural home in YA right now because the current crop of teens and twenties Americans are more “ethnic” than ever before. Our nation’s demographic has changed since Christian Fiction took off in the early 80s, and while certain areas of the country may still have totally “white” churches, the American Church as a whole has grown with shades of brown: Hispanics, Indians, Southeast Asians, and those of Middle East and African descent. As a pretty pale sister of European background, I LOVE reading fiction that incorporates main characters from different backgrounds than the “traditional” WASP form–especially those like Laura’s character, Lina, that are from more than one ethnic background. These people are bridgers and can do a lot by crossing cultural boundaries to bring the various parts of the Church together under our same Lord. Keep up the great work, Laura!! 🙂

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    • Laura A. Diaz
      September 20, 2013

      Thank you so much for the comments Abigail. You are very much appreciated! And your comment about this generation being more “ethnic” than ever is right on the nose. 🙂

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  5. jeffreyallendavis
    July 25, 2013

    The Kindle version is free on Amazon right now. I’ll private message you the link so I’m not using your blog as an advertising board.

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    • jeffreyallendavis
      July 25, 2013

      Well, I can’t find a contact link. The name of the book is “Invasion of the Ninja”.

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  6. jeffreyallendavis
    July 24, 2013

    Awesome article. Thanks for it. My newest book fits in here here also as a Christian YA novel with action/adventure elements. My goal was for it to read like an 80s ninja movie with a moral core.Help!

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  7. mariaconstantine8
    July 22, 2013

    Great post; one sentence that stood out for me is ‘You want to offer them a story that believers and nonbelievers alike can both enjoy.’ That is what I am hoping to achieve in mainstream commercial women’s fiction.

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