Monday, January 12, 2009

Sunday Salon for 1.11.09

I know this is late, but for some reason my computer wouldn't allow me to access the "new post" portion of blogger yesterday. It is not that I have some great information to share with y'all -- that I didn't think you could live without. It is more that I had an insight in my reading yesterday that I want to verbalize for my own benefit.

My book club at school (student led, I am just the facilitator) decided to read Ted Dekker's book, Black, over Christmas break. Since I try to run the class as a democratic society, I agreed to read the book as well, even though it is not one that I would normally select. First of all, I am not a huge fan of Christian fiction. I hate saying that - the fact that I verbalized such a statement makes me feel like a heretic. It is not that I don't see value in Christian literature, but I usually find the character development somewhat lacking and the themes to be rather one-dimentional. I am sure there are some GREAT Christian authors out there, so I hope I have not offended anyone. I guess I just feel so far behind in reading the classics that I tend to put this particular style of book on the back burner.

Secondly, I am not a lover of science fiction. I am a realist, and my "black and white" brain simply does not understand the concept of alternate worlds. (For example, Ender's Game is rated so highly, yet I have tried to read the book twice and simply cannot get past the first 50 pages or so). Black deals with what I would call the "real" world of Denver, Colorado, and Bangkok; the "dream" world deals with black woods filled with evil black bats and the colorful forests where humans live with two "guardian" white bats: Michel and Gabril. BATS?! Anyway, I did force myself to finish the book and discovered that while it is definitely not a favorite, I was able to glean some favorable moments. The most siginificant moment for me - as a reader and a believer - came in chapter 22 when the young boy says to the Protagonist, Thomas (doubting Thomas): "Elyon (God) could open his mouth, and a hundred billion worlds like this would roll off his tongue. Maybe you underestimate him" WOW --- that still causes me to stop and take notice.

If I believe that God could speak Earth into existence, what prevents me from thinking that He cannot speak other worlds into existence. Have I truly put God in such a box that I do not allow Him such power? Sobering thought.

So, I am still not sure that I will ever consider science fiction as a favorite genre --- but I am definitely going to be more receptive to accept the creativity of these writers.


  1. I'm going to apologize for the lack of links in the post. Blogger kept giving me HTML errors (which I don't understand in the least) and this was the best I could do. Sorry!!

  2. There is some great Christian fiction out's really grown as a genre. :)

    I loved Black and the whole Circle gave me a fresh perspective and understanding of sin and what Jesus did for me. It surprised me, because I generally don't like science fiction or fantasy either.


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