I lied–I Believe in God

You heard that old saying: You can’t see the forest for the trees. Basically what it means is that sometimes you’re too close to a situation to see the bigger picture. And that I must confess is exactly what happened in my writing, particularly with my latest novel, Rememberers. People have called me out on it being a ‘religious’ book. A charge I flatly denied. After all, I didn’t set out to write a religious book, I said. And it was true, I didn’t set out to write a religious book. I equated ‘religious’ book with ‘Christian fiction’ And I know I wasn’t writing Christian fiction. I don’t have a problem with Christian fiction. But, I don’t want to write it. But, here’s the confession. My first two books are “GOD’ fiction. I believe in God, and alas that belief has crept into my writing. That’s not necessarily a bad thing (except for some of the venomous messages I’ve received). Based on some of the messages I’ve gotten, it seems that GOD is not cool at the moment. I can’t tell you how many people have let me have it because of the “Religiousness” of my work. At first, I ran from it. Some of you read my previous blog, I vehemently denied that my work was religious. But I’m going to have to retract that. It is religious. Again, it’s not Christian fiction. I know, because I’m a Christian. My late mother was a Christian. I have fictional concepts in the book that are decidedly not Christian. But that’s okay. The books are works of fiction. In the fictionalized world of these two books, GOD exists. Don’t mean to offend anyone but it’s true. If that bothers you, here’s my suggestion–DON’T READ THE BOOKS. I want to also say, don’t trash them. But I also believe in free speech. So, you’ll get to say whatever you want about them. My sincere hope is that you would judge the books on their merit and not just because you abhor anything remotely religious.

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