Rob Natiuk emailed me about his review of my latest book this morning, and it really blessed me. It’s wonderful to have a reader understand what you are trying to say.
I’ve been a Christian writer for almost 50 years in TV, radio, promotion, film, books and magazines. When I read David’s book, I felt I finally found some answers to how I can express my faith in a creative way that would appeal to others. Over the years I realized some of the spiritual lessons of writing that he shares. But he helped to clarify and nail them down.
At first I thought David came on a bit strong with his “holiness” thing. But later as he expanded on his beliefs, that was well balanced out. I more clearly saw how the Christian mind can share the mind of Christ through both fiction and non-fiction, even if the books are not on strictly religious topics. Actually, for David, me and other Christian writers committed to our faith, everything is spiritual–we ask God to come into our life and work and create works that glorifies Him and His creation.
From John Bunyan with his PILGRIM’S PROGRESS and C. S. Lewis with his Narnia books, to today’s modern Christian novelists, we see that fiction can make a big difference for good. Because of that power, we want it to be a testimony to Jesus Christ. As the author states, we want our work to matter for God by giving insights to readers who are searching for answers to life.
About the first half of the book addressed our attitude toward writing. And then the author got into the nitty-gritty that affects all writers. What is the goal of our books? Our own publishing house? Where we do go for cover, artwork, layout, printing, etc.? What about ebooks, PDFs, Smashwords, Gumroad, Ganxy, and so many other publishing sites? Then we have to promote and market. So how do we go about in an honest way to build a market presence and let the world know what we’ve written? Or at least let a small group know, if that’s our calling for a particular book.
In this book I believe the Christian writer–and the moral writer who wants to share goodness–has the main points covered. The author also shares himself in a very warm and illustrative ways. This makes for an intriguing and personable reading experience. And a spiritual experience, I need to add. That experience is so much more than the other books I’ve read, as helpful as they were, on just writing, publishing and writing.