of darkness in their minds. And this is exactly what the world does.
Popular young adult books today are
filled with violence and lust. There is so
much of it surrounding us; it turns our
children and teenagers
into a dirty-minded society. These authors make
us want it. When we keep
away from it, there seems
to be a void in us, longing
for more violence. But
this void cannot be filled
with the evil they feed
us. We can only be satisfied with words of God,
found in His Holy Bible.
It is true that the stories of the Bible contain
violence. Prophets speak
of wars. Masses of people are killed.
Much blood is shed. But the difference
between the world and the Christian is
that the Christian fights against Satan,
instead of with him. Modern books teach
us to believe that evil is good and good
is evil. There is no longer any black and
white—only gray. They are slowly brain-washing and deceiving us.
This means that we, as Christian au-
thors, who produce godly, edifying books
must work harder than ever to spread
the good news. But we are not limited to
writing solely about God. Every Chris-
tian author does not need to write only
devotionals and sermons. Our writing
does not have to lack entertainment. We
have the freedom to write about fictional
happenings; there is nothing wrong with
a good story. What makes a story bad is
when it is told from the point of view of
the villain—making the villain the hero.
So, we must present godly morals. Our
characters don’t have to be perfect and ide-
alized—they can and should have prob-
lems like anybody else—but
they do need to know the
truth and fight for it.
We don’t have to leave out
conflict and struggle in our
books either. In 1 Timothy
May God bless us in our endeavors
to write uplifting books and change the
I was born loving words and ever since I
can remember I’ve been writing stories.
Now, I am more than dabbling in the art
of authorship. My name is Sarah Elizabeth
and I’ve been homeschooled all seventeen
years of my life. Over five years spent with
my family as missionaries in South America has given me a broader outlook on life.
It also strengthened my love for stories,
words, and people.
In one of my stories titled Master Abraxus, the protagonist Eugenie is obvi- ously not a perfect girl. She is also evidently not on the antagonist’s side. In the beginning, it almost seems as if a character named Abraxus is the antagonist
since he’s giving her so much trouble. Toward the end, however, we find that
Abraxus has been softened by watching Eugenie’s attitude and seeing how her
actions differed from others because of her faith in God. Everything seems perfect and all loose ends are tied up. Then, suddenly, the antagonist (Lamia) comes
crashing back in and kills Abraxus. Eugenie is horrified. I am horrified. It is my
hope that you, the reader, are horrified as well (emotional response is what I want
from my audience).
The message I wanted to get across was this: even though Eugenie was able to
travel back in time, not get killed in the crazy world of ancient Greece, pull strings
with royalty, and save Abraxus from being executed, she was not able to change
God’s plan. God wanted Abraxus to die, so he died. There was nothing anybody
could have done about it. This was my allegory. As you can see, a teen can write a
Godly and exciting book!
make sure we
are aware of
which side our
character is on
and how we