Are Fairy Tales a Waste of Time?

This is a guest post by Brent King. As a Christian urban fantasy author I have been confronted, as have many of my writing partners, by those who doubt that fantasy, or fairy stories, have any anchor in the real world. Worse yet, some have argued that they take their reader far out of this [...]

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I’m Saying “No”

I say no to letting my precious gift of a life slip by while I drown in an electronic, anti-social, busy world. I say no to not making decisions, or letting others make them for me, thus making the worst decision of all. I say no to ignoring the friends who are near and needing [...]

Why I Kissed Self-Esteem Goodbye

It’s a term you can’t avoid hearing in our culture: self-esteem. Think better of yourself. You deserve the best. Be confident in your abilities. If you believe you can do it, you can. For years I bought into it, too. Finding myself. Finding my worth. Loving myself despite my faults and the “ugly” things about [...]

True Evil in Christian Fiction: Where Do You Stand?

Two things happened recently which made me want to explore this question, which is a rather broad one: Should there be evil … true evil … in Christian fiction? The first thing that made me begin thinking about it was a conversation I had with a family member. She told me that she couldn’t understand [...]

Vital Imagination

"The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope." (Henry Ward Beecher) I suppose there are people who believe imagination isn’t essential. People who think the visible realm is the important one, facts are what matter, not theories or dreams. I’m not among those people. I believe imagination is important. I’d [...]

Books Are Dangerous

Books can be bliss. Books can be a wonderful escape. Books can be deadly dangerous. I’m not sure about you, but I’m addicted to books. I know of many people who are afflicted by this madness as well. It’s not really curable, and I’ve never been quite clear on whether that’s because it’s impossible, or [...]

A Thing or Two About Unicorns

There are very few mythical creatures considered to be “good” in all different stories, cultures/traditions. But the unicorn is one of them. The unicorn itself represents many things in different stories. Most commonly, the unicorn is a symbol of purity and virtue. In the Middle Ages, the unicorn became a religious symbol, especially in art. [...]