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“I recently read an interview in which the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison was asked why she had become a great writer, what books she had read, what method she had used to structure her practice. She laughed and said, ‘Oh, no, that is not why I am a great writer. I am a great writer because when I was a little girl and walked into a room where my father was sitting, his eyes would light up. That is why I am a great writer. That is why. There isn’t any other reason.'”

~ from Searching for God Knows What by Don Miller ~

 

A local newspaper just ran a McClatchy Newspapers story by Tish Wells about the reissue of Agatha Christie’s autobiography. The writer included Christie’s thoughts regarding different types of detective stories. I’ve been thinking about the type she describes as “the detective story that has a kind of passion behind it–that passion being to help save innocence. Because it is innocence that matters, not guilt.”

I hate to admit it, but sometimes I find it easier to write about nasty, evil characters than to write about the guy in the white hat. Christie’s words are a good reminder for the Christian writer. Every story needs a rotten-to-the-core villain or two, but in the end, it’s “innocence that matters, not guilt.”

Our calling is share the Good News that “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21 NIV)


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