Christian literary genre is composed of both fiction and non-fiction work.
Every person who writes within the Christian genre is unique and passionate about different sub-genres. However, as writers of Christian fiction and non-fiction literature, our characters, stories and information will be shaped by a Christian world-view: God as the Creator; Jesus as the Savior, the Holy Spirit as the Counselor and the Bible as God’s Holy Word.
Not all writers who professes faith in Jesus Christi write in the Christian genre, nor are they obligated to. All writers have their genres of choice. Believing that all Christians need to earn a living in a spiritually-focused career is unbiblical and implausible. In fact, the first three careers listed in Genesis were farmers, herders and instrument makers (Genesis 4). Even Paul earned a living making tents, doing his ministry work on the side (Acts 18.2-3).
There is a distinct difference between a Christian writer and a writer who is a Christian. And both are good and valuable.
If a writer chooses to write in the Christian genre, however, he or she should have a relationship with Jesus and a deepening intimacy with God. People who choose to write in the genre designated as “Christian” are gifts to the Body of Christ, producing work that not only entertains but edifies. Their writings both fiction and non-fiction are guided and used by the Holy Spirit to bring beauty, joy, knowledge, correction and hope to God’s people.
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”
The Christian genre can be used…
1. Apostolically, establishing God’s Kingdom.
2. Prophetically, speaking God’s heart.
3. Evangelically, revealing people’s need for Christ.
4. For pastoral reasons, shepherding people’s lives.
5. As a teaching tool, informing, training and influencing.
The Christian genre can do all of the above while still obeying the literary standard of being engaging, empowering, entertaining and written with excellence. And they can be done through fiction and non-fiction.Jesus used both the Parables (fiction) and the Beatitudes (non-fiction) to edify His People. Click To Tweet
For more on fiction and non-fiction writing, read my article, “Writing Non-Fiction vs. Fiction.”
QUESTION: What are your favorite Christian non-fiction and fiction books?
My fiction books, the Onoma Series, are Christian Dystopian Fiction. This story will not only entertain you, but it will deepen your faith. You can find them on Amazon: Eve of Awakening, Bear into Redemption and Mark within Salvation.