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Why Write Christian Fiction?

Posted on January 27th, by rivernorthfiction in Author, Behind the Books. No Comments

Written by Jungle Fire author Dana Mentink

Why do you write Christian fiction? I get this question a lot. My answer? I’m a storyteller, and that’s the gift God gave me. It’s my job and calling to tell stories, but why Christian stories? Why not something sizzling, along the lines of the  Fifty Shades trilogy, which has sold more than seventy million copies? In this age where graphic sex and violence fill the shelves and airwaves, why not write something more tailored to the modern taste? The answer is easy. This is a dark and troubled world and I use fiction writing as a way to push back that darkness, just the tiniest bit. Continue reading / Leave a comment...

Anita Lustrea’s Justice Journey

Posted on January 24th, by rivernorthfiction in Behind the Books. No Comments

Several years before she co-wrote Shades of Mercy, a novel about the “justice journey” of a young girl in Maine who begins to see the plight of the Maliseet Native American tribe in her town, author and Moody Radio host Anita Lustrea took a Justice Journey of her own. Here is what she originally wrote about the experience.

My husband and I had the amazing experience of being a part of a bus tour called The Justice Journey. We traveled from Chicago to the major civil rights sites of the South.

The purpose of the Justice Journey, in large part, was Christian reconciliation.  Continue reading / Leave a comment...

Inspiring Justice: Shades of Mercy

Posted on January 22nd, by rivernorthfiction in Behind the Books. No Comments

On Monday, we looked at the links between what civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for and the themes presented in Shades of Mercy by Anita Lustrea and Caryn Rivadeneira. Here are what some prominent reviewers have said about this novel and its story of justice:

“The human dynamics in a small town American community with a racially diverse population can be challenging. Some people walk with blinders on; others turn a cheek to the problem of social injustice. . . . Racism is often not easily identifiable or understood. Shades of Mercy highlights problems of the past that in some cases still exist, but also presents hope for a better future of understanding. Continue reading / Leave a comment...

Martin Luther King, Jr. & Shades of Mercy

Posted on January 20th, by rivernorthfiction in Behind the Books. No Comments

“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime–the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr., was not an extremist in the sense that we might think about the word. Continue reading / Leave a comment...