by Carole Brown
As an inspirational writer and author, I had to come to the decision whether I would include God in my books?
- Should I have heavy scenes with definite doses of conviction on the sinner and salvation transformations?
- Should I go easy with the above things and hint at or subtly include all things pertaining to God?
- Should I stick with “clean” writing that shows improvement in my characters?
With these three choices that I narrowed down (for me), I compromised. I chose to go with light or no mentions of God. Does that sound like I went too far “left” in my choice? Let me explain:
In my Denton and Alex Davies series, I stick with improvements in my characters. I might mention church or meal prayers, but for the most part, I try to show a positive change in couples or people in this series. I like the subplot to focus on the love (relationship) between couples.
- In the first book (Hog Insane), the two protagonists, who are married and avid mystery book lovers as well as amateur detectives, learned that give and take is one of the best things in a marriage.
- In the second book (Bat Crazy), one of the secondary characters had to realize where her loyalties really lay.
- In the upcoming third one (Daffy’s Duck), I hope to show a distrustful relationship that has greatly improved by listening.
Now in my WWII series, my Appleton, WV series and my debut, stand alone book, the God scenes are more real. I like to show acknowledgement that characters see the need of reaching out to God for help. These are light scenes, but there, and, hopefully, real to the reader.
It was a slow process and one that I battled through writing my first few books, but I finally felt peace over how and how much to bring God into my books, when I decided to go with this decision.
Will I ever go with the more serious, strong God scenes? Probably not. And, no I’m not ashamed of my God. But I want to reach people who will put up with “some” God in my books and also encourage Christians to read and enjoy my books.
Will I ever go with clean, but no God mentions? Maybe. Time will tell on this one. I will definitely have to know the story will hold up for a valuable lesson to do so.
What’s your thought on bringing God into your book? Yes. or No?