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Guest Post by Angie Brashear - Christian Fantasy: A Life-Saving Genre

Definitions of literary genres can be…well, complex. Even tricky. Attempts to define Christian fantasy vary, though I’ve spent little time fretting over an official definition. I mean, Christian fiction typically illustrates a Christian world view within its plot, characters, or both. And the fantasy genre commonly uses myths and legends as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. So, in my opinion, Christian fantasy embodies fantastical elements in an internally consistent setting all the while reflecting aspects of the Christian world view. But the debate (at least for some) surrounds who writes Christian fantasy. Writers who are Christians, writers who claim to be Christians, or writers who believe Christianity is a fantasy to begin with? It’s not a debate I choose to enter, for the truth lies outside the discussion: the genre influences nonbelievers.

Review: Captives by Jill Williamson

Wow! Let me say it again... WOW!
Captives by Jill Williamson is a truly amazing read! Not only is the story really engrossing and the characters realistic, but the author has managed to weave in a wonderful Christian theme without being preachy.

So many of today's Christian fiction books for teens are preachy, but not Captives. Also, so many of today's fiction for Christian teens tends to avoid the "sensitive" subjects such as drug abuse, marital relations before marriage, materialism and others - but not Captives! Author Jill Williamson tackles these issues head on - in a genuine and utterly wonderful way that allows readers to sit back and just enjoy the story without getting caught up in the issues.

I'd give the book ten stars on a five start scale, if I could. It was that good.

Here's the blurb from Zondervan:
One choice could destroy them all.

DawnSinger and WayFarer by Janalyn Voigt

DawnSinger: A headstrong young princess and the guardian sworn to protect her fly on winged horses to the Gate of Life above the Well of Light in a desperate bid to release the DawnKing, and the salvation he offers, into a divided land. Will they each learn in time that sometimes victory comes only through surrender?






WayFarer: When an untried youth ascends to the high throne of Faeraven, his mistakes tear kingdoms apart and allow just one chance at redemption. He must humble himself before the man he banished.
Elcon, an untried youth, assumes his duties as High King. But as trouble stirs between nations and rebellion threatens Faeraven, his position is far from secure. Can Elcon trust that the Elder youth accompanying Kai is the DawnKing, sent by the High One to deliver his people? Or has something gone horribly wrong?
Driven to prove himself, Elcon embarks on a peace-keeping campaign into the Elder lands, where he meets a beautiful Elder princess. But Aewen is betrothed to another, and Elcon has promised to court the princess, Arillia, upon his return. Declaring his love for Aewen would shame them both and tear apart the very fabric of Faeraven.
Elcon’s choices lead him into the Vale of Shadows, where he learns that to deliver his people, he must first find his own redemption.

Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson

Worth the Wait Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn't get it. She always does the right thing - doesn't God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.

About the Author: Laura Jackson loves books---reading and writing them. A life-long reader, Laura studied English in college and taught 7th grade language arts before earning her Master's degree and becoming a school librarian. Now, she spends her days sharing great books with kids and her evenings writing books about teenage girls discovering God and His plan for their lives.

I had a bad day...

Yesterday, I woke up and I was immediately in a bad mood. I'd had kind of a crummy day the day before, so I attributed my bad mood and subsequent bad attitude to that. The mood stuck around all day, everything seemed to be against me. Everything I tried seemed doomed to failure. I wondered why I tried at all. Everyone I encountered seemed to be a life-force leech, always wanting something, and never giving anything back. I was seriously down in the dumps.

Prisoners


I'm not sure if this movie could really be considered a Christian movie, but the main character does stop to pray several times. Have you seen the movie Prisoners with Hugh Jackman? If so, do you think it had Christian elements?

Gungor's Beautiful Things

Do you ever feel lost? Do you ever wonder if your life will really change for the better? Do you sometimes think that your life is so messed up that there is no hope for it? Don't despair, there is always hope with God. The song, Beautiful Things, by Gungor will help you remember that.

"Beautiful Things" Lyrics All this pain I wonder if I’ll ever find my way

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