The Heretic: A Supernatural Adventure Series (The Templar Chronicles Book 1) by Joseph Nassise. Harbinger Books. 262 pages. I’ll admit that the reason why I initially picked this book up to read it was that I wrote a book myself called The Heretic back a few years ago. And there are a few vague similarities … More Review: “The Heretic” by Joseph Nassise
P.W. Stone and the Missing Kingdoms: A Christian Fantasy Adventure Novel by S. C. Easley. Wind Born Publishing. 387 pages. This is the next to last in a series of speculative Christian books I am reviewing because of my contact with authors on Goodreads. I’ve had some good luck with the titles that I’ve read, … More Review: P.W. Stone and the Missing Kingdoms by S. C. Easley
A Weight of Reckoning: Sequel to the Seven Words by C.S. Wachter. Shadowfall Publishing. 402 pages. As I’ve mentioned several times before in this blog, I’m a member of a thread on Goodreads where authors of Christian Speculative Fiction share their work with each other. In addition to getting other professionals to read my work … More Review: “A Weight of Reckoning” by C.S. Wachter
Iron Scepter by Andrew M. Seddon. 245 pages. Independently published. This is the second Speculative Christian Fiction book I’ve reviewed this month, and the pickin’s have actually been pretty good. This time, we have a military sci-fi story, one that I was happy to receive. As many who visit here often know, I loves me … More Review: “Iron Scepter” by Andrew M. Seddon
Those who write stories for a living–and those who have studied storywriting–have long been steered away from the contrivance of deus ex machina, the “god from the machine,” that is described by the Oxford Dictionary as: “an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as a contrived plot device in a play … More How to Write about Miracles in Christian Novels
The Jesus Boy (The Lightbearer Series, Book 1) by Sean Elliot Russell. 291 pages. Amazon.com Services. As an author, I’m in the business of writing to tell stories. As a Christian, I’m in the business of writing to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the world. I always consider it a blessing when … More Review: “The Jesus Boy” by Sean Elliot Russell
Stolen Shroud by Daniel Westlund. For the Win Publishing. 334 pages. I’ve said in this blog before that one of my biggest criticisms of Christian fiction is that writers either focus on the spiritual aspect without the story, or the story aspect and lose the spiritual aspect. It’s hard to do both effectively. I think … More Review: “Stolen Shroud” by Daniel Westlund
Daclaxvia: Book 1: Nascent by D. John Cliffson. Self-published. 294 pages. As I have mentioned here before, I belong to a thread on Goodreads of Speculative Christian Fiction authors who trade books and end up reviewing and critiquing each other’s books every few months. I have two lined up in the next two months, and … More Review: “Daclaxvia: Book 1: Nascent” by D. John Cliffson
This is the second semester of my 21st year of teaching college level students. And believe it or not, after teaching 42 semesters of classes, I still get nervous when I think about my classes. Do I know what I am talking about? Am I prepared? Will the students see through the facade I put … More What, Me Worry?
I attended a writer’s conference in Park City, Utah back in 2007 because I had a question in my head. I’d been writing for quite a while, but mostly for my own people. When I say “my own people,” I talk about members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. There’s about a million of us in … More Big fish in a small pond…or small fish in a big pond?