I wasn’t sure of what I was going to talk about today, but after reading through some of the blogs on the tour, I thought of something that I could touch on lightly.
For all of you who have read Auralia’s Colors, you’ll note that it’s designated as a Christian Fantasy book, but there is no real mention of God, Christ, or the other things that we expect from a “Christian” book. There’s the Keeper, who is shunned by adults, but revered by children and many can draw a corolation between God and the Keeper. Be that as it may, I would still say that there isn’t really any REAL mention of God or gods.
I have found through reading other people’s blogs that there are two reactions to this: there are the people who are relieved, and those who are confused and a little offended (perhaps). I fall firmly into the first category. Personally, when I go to pick up a fiction book I am generally not looking to be challenged, to learn or to be engaged in any other way than in an entertainment way. That’s just who I am, and it probably explains why I read a lot of chick-lit and supernatural romance. It’s rare that either of these pseudo-genre’s will really bring up anything of substance. When I’m looking for something a little “more” I delve deeper in fantasy, and sometimes into mysteries or historical type books… but I usually stick to the fantasy type genre. If I want to learn about God and Christianity, though, I go straight to non-fiction theology books or even (gasp!) the Bible. So I was literally thrilled to find out that there wasn’t any preaching in this book, and that it wasn’t a straight allegory.
On the other hand, as others in the tour have brought up – what, exactly, marks this book as a “Christian” book? The faith of the author? The general “Christian” themes (good vs. evil, redemption, etc.)? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining that this is labelled as a Christian book – I find it satisfying that I can find a book with no sexual innuendo, very litte graphic violence (at least not to the calibre that I’m used to), and clean language so easily! But my fellow tour mates have got my mind thinking – why call it a Christian book?
I think that it’s a great crossover book. I know that it’s a book that can spark conversation with someone that isn’t a Christian that might otherwise be offended by a “preachy” book. I am confident that I can share it with my Christian friends and they won’t be offended by it, and truthfully, we can have a conversation about the themes in it, and how those themes and motifs relate to Christianity and the secular world around us. I think that put into a main stream market, there may be some readers who don’t “get it”. I think that have the preface of it being a Christian book behind it enrich the story.
Anyway, be sure to check out the links in the sidebar to view what others are saying about it. I also wanted to say a special thanks to Mark Goodyear, who did a beautiful job creating the widget showing off the new posts in the tour! Way to be!