If a tree falls in the woods, and its lumber is pulped
and made into the paper use to print one of the finest piece of fiction
ever released by a Christian publisher and that novel goes on to become unnoticed,
did the tree make a sound?
An irony: If you want to read fine contemporary literature influenced by Christian thought it’s best to look outside of Christian publishing. Anne Lamott gave us Rosie Ferguson and her lovable dysfunctional family’s uneven crossing of addiction and grace. Doug Worgul’s Thin Blue Smoke is an epic on the scale of East of Eden, filled with irresistible and flawed characters. J.K. Rowling’s told The Passion story with her irascible trio in the Harry Potter series. Indy writer, Christopher Fischer, just released a gritty tale of steel mills and religious skepticism. There’s Updike and Beuchner, neither published by a Christian imprint. The Shack, for whatever you might think about its writing, is one of the one hundred top selling books of all time, was originally self published before being purchased by a Christian imprint.
Meanwhile, Christian publishing is domain of flimsily written Amish romance novels and End Times thrillers. This has been the reality for decades and has drawn the lines of consumer expectation and those lines are largely unmoved.
That is, until a small Christian Publisher, David C. Cook, defied all that and released The Most Important Thing Happening, which is for my money, one of the finest pieces of fiction I’ve read in a long time. Continue Reading…