And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables…
Inspirational books are not just stories. Christian fiction has that extra ingrediant in addition to a great plot, compelling characters, and active dialog. They’re more than three dimensional. There’s that important fourth dimension… a Christian message. Without that component we have — fiction.
So what are some guidelines and pointers when writing an inspirational to ensure that fourth element of spirituality is addressed? Prayer is always a great starting point.
For research, by far the best place to look is Scripture. Jesus often spoke in parables those earthly stories with heavenly meanings. The Old Testament as well is filled passages that speak on so very many different levels. The book of Esther comes to mind-a vibrant story of a woman who saves her people, but there’s so much more!
Here are some general questions that may be of assistance as you write and proof your inspirational fiction.
1. Will it help the believer grow?
2. Will it share the Gospel with unbelievers?
3. Will the Lord be glorified?