Your son desperately needs your help now. He simply can't do this on his own. I highly recommend making an appointment with a Christian counselor immediately.
Resources: Recommended Reading and Resources
Books about writing fiction:
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne & King
Scene & Structure (How to Construct Fiction with Scene by Scene Flow, Logic and Readability) by Bickman
The Complete Guide to Writing and Selling the Christian Novel by Penelope Stokes
How to Grow a Novel by Sol Stein
Show, Don’t Tell by William Noble
Books about writing:
Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph Williams and Gregory Colomb
Make Your Own Words Work by Gary Provost
The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes by Jack M. Bickham
On Writing Well by ...
I research extensively and love doing it. While what follows isn’t comprehensive, it does contain many of the books I read while working on If God is Good. With a few exceptions, including Bart Ehrman’s book God’s Problem, I didn’t include writings by atheists or other books I wouldn’t recommend. I did cite several books containing much I don’t believe, including those promoting Open Theism. But most of the books I’ve cited here are ones which I found to be at least somewhat good, helpful, and interesting. A number of them are excellent. —Randy Alcorn
Question from a reader:
My pastor doesn't think the Bible is “necessarily” God's Word. He says the Bible is a record of God's interaction and communication with humanity over centuries and that human culture is intertwined with divine words. He thinks because of such things as patriarchal oppression of women, slavery, etc. the Bible doesn't clearly and purely reflect the mind of God for all eternity. How do I respond to him?
Answer from Randy Alcorn:
I think you should do what you can to get accurate apologetic information to your pastor that shows the Bible ...
What do you think about the field of conservation and natural resources and how a Christian should keep an eternal perspective while working in this area?
I believe we as Christians need to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. Use it, reuse it, recycle it, and don’t abuse what God has given us. We should choose to respect the environment that God created and make sure we are doing what we can to keep it healthy and in a good condition. But also we should not feel guilty for using the resources He has given ...
- Fri, Mar 12, 2010
- Doctrine and Theology, Randy's Books, Recommended Reading and Resources, Suffering and Evil
Chapter Summary Excerpts from
If God Is Good…
Understanding the Problem of Evil and Suffering
Chapter One: Why is the Problem of Evil and Suffering So Important?
More people point to the problem of evil and suffering as their reason for not believing in God than any other—it is not merely a problem, it is the problem. You will not get far in a conversation with someone who rejects the Christian faith before the problem of evil is raised. Pulled out like the ultimate trump card, it’s supposed to silence believers and prove that the all-good ...
- Mon, Mar 08, 2010
- Recommended Reading and Resources
Alcorn, Randy, The Law of Rewards: Giving What You Can’t Keep to Gain What You Can’t Lose. Generous Giving Series. (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2003.)
Alcorn, Randy, Managing God's Money, (Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook/Multnomah, 2010.)
Alcorn, Randy, Money, Possessions, and Eternity,(Rev. ed. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2003.)
Alcorn, Randy, The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving. Generous Giving Special Edition. (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001.)