Fantasy Blog Tour—Christian Fiction Review, Day 4

Based on one of the comments from yesterday, I think fair disclosure is necessary. I think Tim Frankovich has done wonderful work, specifically with his Christian Fiction Review’s Focus on Christian Fantasy. However, I reserve the right to disagree with some of his opinions. Therefore, I may give a different evaluation of the books that he recommends or highly recommends.

If memory serves me well, he and I had a discussion at Faith in Fiction about one set of books that we disagree over—John White’s The Archives of Anthropos. Whereas Tim found the allegory strong, I found it transparent and predictable. Actually I only read the first book The Tower of Geburah, and it did have an influence on me—it served as one more push to write fantasy the way I wanted to read it.

Which brings me back to the topic of magic.

As I mentioned yesterday, I find from the Bible that magic is real, and yet the word magic comes with a lot of baggage. Are we talking about sorcery and witchcraft? Demon possession? Astrology (such as the Magi—the magicians from the East—used to find the baby Jesus)? How about all the divination the people of Israel did, using the Urim or casting lots to figure out what God wanted them to do?

I have to tell you, honestly, the subject confounds me, but here’s what I believe. Supernatural beings have supernatural power. That’s it.

Not profound, is it. Oh, one more important point. No supernatural power is greater than God or His Sovereignty.

So what does this all have to do with fantasy? I’ll tackle that next time.

For now you might want to click over to one of the other fine blogs to read the latest information regarding the Fantasy Blog Tour.

Mirtika Schultz’s Mirathon blog 
Insights from Beth Goddard
Jason Joyner’s Spoiled for the Ordinary
Marci’s Writer Lee blog
Sally Apokedak’s All About Children’s Books blog
Steve Trower’s Old Testament Space Opera blog
Cheryl Russell’s Unseen Worlds blog
LaShaunda’s See You On The Net blog
Shannon McNear’s Shenandoah’s Eclectic Musings
Meg Mosley’s Megawriter blog
Stuart Stockton’s The Jerkrenak’s Den
Sharon Hinck’s blog (Sharon Hinck of the soon-to-be-famous novel, The Secret Life of Becky Miller—no relation to moi).
Valerie’s blog

Published in: on May 18, 2006 at 6:00 am  Comments (5)  

5 Comments

  1. This Fantasy Blog Tour is fascinating. I love your straight forward take on things. Thanks for all the links. Most of these writers are new to me. Very informative.

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  2. Very Interesting topic! I’m going to post few comments regardings “workings of power on my blog. . .

    Beth

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  3. That is my philosophy and what I show in my WIP: supernatural beings have supernatural powers. One being, the supreme one, has omnipotence, but he doesn’t always solve the problems of people or intervene in ways we fully comprehend. Mystery is part of this “magically dusted” existence.

    The gospels say that where faith lacked, miracles were absent. Somehow, God has chosen to connect these things in a way I sure don’t understand. But I believe the power that was is still the power that is or can be.

    God isn’t the problem. We are.

    Mir

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  4. Good points, Mir. Also, what I need to remember to connect up is that fear of power (magic) doesn’t insulate against it. God does.

    Becky

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  5. David, I knew your comment had gotten away from me. Just found it as I was rounding up all the names to put into the drawing for Bryan’s books.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for participating in this first stop on the SF/Fantasy blog tour. I hope that some of those books have piqued your interest enough to hook you into the genre. It’s such fun reading.

    Becky

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