The birth of the Miraculous Reality genre seems obvious to me now. I was trying to fit what I am writing into Heroic Urban Fantasy, but it was really a stretch. Mary Campagna Findley finally said, “Why don’t you just call it Miraculous Reality?”
As you know, my contention is that a serious walk of faith with the Lord is now seen as fantasy by most non-believers and believers alike. Just try saying, “The Lord told me this morning that I should do…” or “I got up this morning and could hardly walk. I thanked the Lord that He had healed my back, and the pain went away.” or “My wife laid hands on our dead Guinea Hen and asked Jesus to heal her, and a few seconds later she got up, and walked away like nothing happened.” The first one happened this morning, the second last week, and the Guinea Hen healing in the early 1990s. The Lord and I talk back and forth throughout the day often—especially now that my wife is gone. This level of relationship is just reality for me. I could give you hundreds of examples off the top of my head.
The birth of the Miraculous Reality genre just solves problems
I want to share that type of reality in my characters’ lives. So, I do. This is the reality of walking in the Spirit for all my good friends. My characters seem heroic, but they know, as I do, that all the miracles are done by the Spirit following my humble submission, nothing else. It’s all the Lord.
This is especially true with spiritual warfare. Getting rid of demons is no big deal. All it requires is faith. Tongues help a lot to force demons to reveal themselves, but that’s not necessary. But then my father’s main ministry was in deliverance, back in the 1960s and 70s. I learned the basics from the day I was saved.
It is required that you have a solid rebirth in God—a surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. But then that’s required to go to heaven anyway. If you don’t agree with that—ask Jesus. He’ll tell you the Truth and how to bring it about. In fact, a close personal relationship with Jesus is required—but that’s rarely talked about in the church any more. Just start talking to Him and ask Him to respond. That process takes time and effort on your part. But it is certainly worth it. You learn about testing the spirits in I John 4.