The Writer and the Cross

Interviews with Authors of Christian Historical Fiction

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About the Book

Spiritually engaged readers commonly look towards fiction to better understand the depth of a faithful life, and Christians are no exception. Many followers of Jesus value beautifully written, deftly characterized and pulse-quickening literary art that often seems more satisfying than dry, often tedious doctrinal textbooks.

This book surveys twelve pieces of historical fiction that each feature notable Christian thinkers as protagonists. Texts include an illustrated children’s book about St. Irenaeus of Lyons, a novel about Martin Luther’s Reformation, a screenplay focusing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and even a story about Pope Francis narrated in popular manga style. Rather than offering arcane literary analyses of such stories, this book provides winsome, thoughtful and sometimes painful interviews with the authors of the covered works. Most interviewees are little known or emerging writers. Some have published their work with a church or denominational press, others with a major publishing empire or popular print-on-demand platforms. Storytellers reflect on their literary choices and the contexts of their writing, sharing what modern Christians can learn from historical religious fiction.

About the Author(s)

Darren J.N. Middleton (PhD, University of Glasgow) is John F. Weatherly Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth. He has written, edited, or contributed to many books and has lectured extensively on the alliance between Christian doctrine and the arts.

Bibliographic Details

Darren J.N. Middleton
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7852-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4679-4
Imprint: McFarland