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Writing What Matters

Posted on: December 5, 2011

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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