One of the great things about fiction books of any kind is that we learn as we read. While Christian fiction is primarily a good story, as in life, characters will go through changes and come to realizations along the way, and as readers we get to eavesdrop on that process. I asked our July authors to share about the theme or themes that show up in their books. Whether they put them there intentionally or not, we can all enjoy them. Enjoy reading a little bit about this month’s new releases (and be sure to click on the covers to read an excerpt)!
Susan Anne Mason, Irish Meadows: “The underlying theme in my story is ‘being true to oneself.’ In one way or another, all the characters grapple with this issue during the course of the book. Brianna O’Leary has always felt second-best to her sister Colleen, clearly her father’s favorite, and has craved his attention and approval. Although Brianna wants to go to college, she defers to her father and becomes betrothed to their neighbor’s son. But she finds that in order to be truly happy, she must learn to follow her own desires and go against her father’s wishes. Similarly, out of a misguided sense of loyalty, Gilbert goes along with James’s plan to court the banker’s daughter, all the while feeling shame over deceiving the girl who idolizes him. By the end of the story, all the characters come to an epiphany, realizing that their happiness is tied to following not only their heart, but God’s will, as well.”
Melissa Jagears, A Bride at Last: “I often set out with what I want the characters to learn based on their personality and goals, but I have found almost always during writing a book that some nonfiction book I’m reading will have just this little snippet of clarity that I can add into the book. This time Beth Moore in Believing God wrote about the Promised Land in a way I’d never seen before. That little bit of insight fit my characters’ spiritual journeys, and so I tweaked a conversation a little to fit what I’d learned into their story.”
Tracie Peterson, Refining Fire: “Learning to trust God when life has never given you any real understanding of trust is what Militine’s character is up against. Thane also is dealing with a bad past and trust issues. Both are wounded, and terrified of letting someone into their heart—especially God. The story is about coming to understand that despite the disappointments and truly horrific things that sometimes happen in our lives, God is always with us, always faithful, and always watching over us. It’s also about realizing that until we learn how to trust God, it’s impossible to have a relationship with Him. It’s the same for our relationships with other people. Trust is vital.”
Jen Turano, In Good Company: “What I hope readers come away with after reading In Good Company is that it doesn’t matter what station you occupy in life–what matters is what type of person you are, and what you do with the life you’ve been given. Far too often, we care about what others think about us, what clothes we wear, what foods we drink, but at the end of the day, or the end of our lives, the only thing that really matters is how we treat each other.”
Can you name a book that changed the way you thought about something or reminded you of an important truth?