Sunday, April 24, 2011


"And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters." (Revelation 1:15, KJV)

A few years ago, when I read John's description of the risen Christ from the isle of Patmos, the description of Jesus' voice as "many waters" struck me. So that's why there are so many different writers and denominations. It takes every single one of us to show the world who Jesus is.

(Caveat: I'm not saying that is the only or the best interpretation of the verse.)

Our pastor's sermon on Easter Sunday touched on the same theme. One body, the church, with many different parts. He mentioned that so often Christians equate unity with conformity and we're not always comfortable with our differences.

This year I am again judging books for the "Carol" awards for published books. One of the books I've read isn't my kind of story at all. I have to work hard to set aside my personal prejudices to judge the book fairly. My critique partner (Susan Page Davis) and I frequently praise God for our differences. Wouldn't it be boring if we all wanted to write the same thing?

Today I'm not discussing the discovery or development of our unique writing voices. I am simply celebrating their existence. Consider what the following taglines reveal about the authors:

History, Mystery, Romance...and Hope - Carolyn Scheidies
Seatbelt Suspense - Brandilyn Collins
Southern-fried Fiction - Ane Mulligan
Spiritual Truth...With a Giggle - Kathy Kovach
Words of hope to strengthen your Biblical worldview - Casey Heringshaw
Writing at the Crossroads of Love and Grace - me!

Who are the some of the voices in Christian fiction who have revealed Christ to you in new ways? Share your favorite authors--and why they speak to you.

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