Tuesday, February 28, 2006

 
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Saturday, February 25, 2006

 

Barbara Joe Williams Bookclub

The Barbara Joe Williams Book Club is for readers looking for great books, great friendships, and great fun! Members will have the chance to chat with fellow readers and receive information about book conferences and book signings. You will also get the latest, hot-off the press news about upcoming books. You'll also have the chance to chat directly with Barbara Joe Williams. This is the place for readers to be to indulge their love for reading dynamic books that celebrate faith, hope, and love!

I'll also be doing book reviews and posting them there. I still try to read at least one book a month. In the last couple of weeks, I've read two books. One was a fiction and one was a non-fiction. I don't normally read non-fiction books but this one titled, Matters of the Heart by Juanita Bynum, came highly recommended so I decided to give it a try. It was a good book that showed me how God can give each of us a new heart if we're willing to make changes in our lives. It really made me examine myself, and I was able to determine exactly when I was given my new heart and what all it entailed. Pastor Bynum speaks straight from her heart in this book.

The second book that I read this month was titled, Caught Up by Deatri King-Bey. She's a debut author from Joliet, Illinois. All I can say is that it's been a long time since I've read an entire book in one day, but once I started reading this novel, I knew it had to be finished before I went to bed. This story had all the things that I like rolled into one: mystery, romance, family, suspense, thriller, I mean if you can name it-- it was in there. She did a fantastic job in her first release, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books. Here's the link for subscribing to the book club: http:groups.yahoo.com/group/barbarajoewilliamsbookclub . So come on over and chat with me and some of my fans. You might be delighted with what you'll find.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

 

Blogging

Wow! I must say that I'm amazed at the response to the last blog that I posted on "Christian fiction vs. Regular fiction." As I stated before, it seems to be a very controversial topic which is evidenced by the responses that I have received. I appreciate the posted comments, the private e-mails, and the telephone calls regarding this post. I'm sure that this will continue to be a topic of debate for many years to come especially since more and more authors seem to be focusing on "Church drama stories." I'm just happy to see someone respond to something that I've written with such conviction.

While I have your ears, can someone tell me the difference between Christian fiction and Inspirational fiction. Is there a difference? Can a story be non-Christian yet be classified as inspirational?

Thursday, February 02, 2006

 

Christian Fiction vs. Regular Fiction

Recently I've noticed a lot of controversy over the topic of "Christian fiction vs. Regular fiction." Because of my first novel titled, "Forgive Us This Day," many readers assume that I write Christian fiction. My reply is that "I'm a Christian, and I'm a writer, but my work is not classified as Christian literature." So let me explain myself. Christian fiction especially Christian romance novels are based on the main characters maintaining sound Christian values which does not include engaging in the use of profanity, premarital sex, or extramarital sex. And if any characters within the context of the novel should happen to engage in sexual activity, there are no explicit details. Now I don't have a problem with this, and I wholeheartedly accept these values. My concern with this type of work is that Christian writers are mainly reaching other Christian folk. In other words, to me, it's like the "Pastor preaching to the choir. " If everyone in the choir is saved, why are you preaching to them? Sure, you're going to reach the good Christian folk, but what about the Regular folk that need to be told about Jesus. They're not going to buy anything labeled "Christian fiction" because in their minds, it does not apply to them, and they do not want to be preached to. So after many hours, days, and nights of prayer, this is how my writing philosophy evolved. In other words, I believe this is the charge that was given to me. My writing can be described as "contemporary romance novels with spiritual overtones." What I try to do is write about Regular people that are having problems, going through some trials and tribulations, but in the end they find Jesus and are able to turn their lives around and save their relationships. I tell their stories in their languages the way that it occurs in their secular lives. Then, I take my characters through a series of events which leads to introspective thoughts which eventually leads to a spiritual transformation from their Regular lives. Now I know that this is also the ultimate goal of the Christian fiction writer, but this is my point: Although we have the same goals in mind, we're just reaching them (or should I say the people) in different ways. It's my understanding that Jesus walked the earth looking like a Regular person. He wasn't dressed in what we now refer to as our "Sunday best" like silk suits and alligator shoes. He lead the masses of people by looking like them, walking with them, and then by leading them to a different life. So while I'm not condoning the sinful behavior of the characters in my novels; I am showing their reality which is also the reality of many readers searching for a higher spiritual power. Hopefully, through reading my works, it will help clarify their journey.

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