Reaching out through fiction

Carl Ellis Jr. tells Christians to speak into the culture, affirming core Biblical values without necessarily naming them as Biblical, in order to nudge the culture back toward Biblical norms and begin the process of preparing the soil for planting, so to speak. Tim Keller says that Christians who want to follow Biblical examples of […]

Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore, a review

Brielle is crippled by her despair as she blames herself for her best friend’s death. To learn to cope, she returns to the small town she calls home from the big city where she had attended a performing arts high school. Old friends reach out to her, but she rebuffs them. Then an amazing boy shows up and shakes her from her lethargy.

A persistent mentor makes all the difference

We have four children who are young adults, and I am glad to report that all of them are Christians. But I don’t take credit for it.

The Hunger Games, a review

Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old living in America some time in the future when it has devolved into a cruel empire, loves her little sister more than anything. So when that little sister is chosen for the Hunger Games, Katniss doesn’t hesitate. She takes the sister’s place. She finds herself fighting 23 other teens to the death in a high-tech arena, for viewing pleasure in the ultimate reality show. Only one person can win, and that winner gets plenty of income for life, unlike everyone else in the conquered territories–who is starving or nearly starving.

Replication by Jill Williamson, a review

Abby Goyer’s not too happy when her scientist father moves her to Alaska from Washington, D.C. He’s secretive about his new job, and that bothers her too, especially based on his history of working in a lab that was trying to clone human embryos for use in cancer research. She’s a Christian, and she wishes he would see the light.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, a review

Clara has a hard time believing she’s an angel, until her mother shows Clara her mother’s wings. Clara finds she has them too. Each part-angel, says her mother, has a Purpose which is revealed when he or she is a teenager through visions. It’s very important to do what the visions are telling you to do, to fulfill your Purpose. Otherwise, apparently, you may end up as a Dark Wing, the disobedient angels with black wings who are absolutely up to no good.