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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Beautiful Things" Lyrics All this pain I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
This poster from lifeposters.org says it all. When are any of us perfect? But, God still loves us!
You can find the poster here at http://www.lifeposters.org/shop/christian-posters-for-youth-im-not-a-per...
No matter how bad things get in our lives God will never leave us. His truth saves us and He forgives us so we can rest in Him. If we have faith, we have hope. God will always be with us.
Graphic art by K. Broker
A book by a teen author! Gina Bovyn is nineteen years old. Her novel, Lady White, was released last October.