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Do you put your theology into your fiction novels? (video)

Randy answers the question of how his theology of heaven manifests itself in his fiction novels. This video clip was excerpted from Randy's Eternity 101 DVD class, available at http://www.epm.org/store/product/eternity-101/

Can you share about the process of writing the novel Courageous?

Last year I said yes to writing a novel based on the screenplay of the new movie Courageous(www.courageousthemovie.com), which is being released in theaters on September 30. The movie was done by the Kendrick brothers, Stephen and Alex, who produced Facing the Giants and Fireproof. As Fireproofcentered on fire fighters and marriage, Courageous centers on police officers and fatherhood and, not surprisingly, COURAGE for men in their homes and personal lives.

Why do many Christians tend to avoid fiction stories?

Some Christians view fiction as the opposite of truth. But sometimes it opens eyes to the truth more effectively than nonfiction.

A Funny Story about Researching for Courageous (audio)

In this audio clip, Randy Alcorn talks about an experience he had while resarching the police and gang life in Albany, Georgia for the novel Courageous

What first sparked your interest in writing murder mysteries?

I like reading them—particularly the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. I love Sherlock Holmes. In fact, every chapter of Deception starts with a great quote from a Holmes story. It was fun matching those with the contents of particular chapters. Many people enjoy murder mysteries, so there’s potential for a wide audience.

When it comes to Christian fiction, what approach do you feel is best: the more literal style of C.S. Lewis or the more vague style of J.R.R. Tolkien?

I like both Lewis and Tolkien, but I do think that the more explicit approach—if not over the top—is more effective in terms of touching people with the gospel.

Which novel of yours would you recommend to start with?

Perhaps a good novel of mine to start with would be Safely Home. Another very different and shorter choice is Lord Foulgrin's Letters, inspired by C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters. But I am also fond of Deception, which can be read before Deadline and Dominion even though it's a spin-off.

Q&A: What do the stones gathered at night represent in Edge of Eternity? (video)

Randy Alcorn answers a Q&A session participant question about imagery in his book Edge of Eternity. Filmed at the 2011 Kingdom Advisors Conference.

The Chasm: A Look at the Art

The Chasm is Randy’s first fine-line illustrated novel, and artist Mike Biegel did a great job bringing the story to life through his drawings.

The Chasm: A Note from the Author

The Chasm is an otherworldly tale with an allegorical feel; a vibrant mix of movement, action, revelation, and reflection that follows  the journey of one man who represents everyman. His struggle is universal.

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