CSFF Blog Tour – The Return, Day 3 (And a Little More)

Well, once again I have some announcements to make before we get to our content. Thing is, that’s ANNOUNCEMENTS.

First, as you know, Merrie Destefano has been running an interview with me over at her blog, Alien Dream. Today she kindly included an excerpt from one of my novels. Now if you’ve explored here at A Christian Worldview of Fiction, you may have stumbled upon the first chapter of Return to Efrathah, book one of The Lore of Efrathah. Then too, you may have read the opening scene of book two Journey to Mithlimar which Nicole posted over at Into the Fire as part of her “Saturday Sample” some weeks ago.

So, when Merrie asked for an excerpt, I thought, do I give something that’s a repeat? Do I give the opening of book three, Battle for Revín (which, in my opinion would give too much away)? Or do I offer something outside The Big Project.

I opted for the latter, so if you stop by Alien Dream, you can read the opening of The Only, a 2006 Genesis contest finalist entry.

Speaking of contests, we’re on to the other announcements. The winning entries of the Harvest House Talk Like a Pirate contest (and I think today might actually be The Day, the National Talk Like a Pirate Day) are being posted over at George Bryan Polivka’s blog, the very cool Cap’s Pub.

And that reminds me, Bryan has his Web site up. WOW! This one is very kewl—a worthy fantasy site, to be sure. I suggest you take a peek at Nearing Vast. (This actually reminds me of some of the ideas I have for my some-day Web site. 😀 )

One more announcement, and this another contest. Wayne Thomas Batson, in offering books for my next Fantasy Challenge, thought up an idea for his own contest, and he doesn’t mess around. This one is a good one! And the sooner you start, the more you can win. You have to read it yourself to get all the details. I suggest copying off the Treasure Tasks Key (you’ll understand when you stop by Enter the Door Within) and keeping it handy so you don’t miss an opportunity.

And now, at long last, back to The Tour. I am of course referring to Austin Boyd‘s The Return.

Here’s where I have to come clean. I am not finished reading The Return. I have something like 150 pages yet to go. At first I thought I would offer a partial review, but then realized there was a better option. The Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, of which I am a member, is featuring The Return October 10-12, so I can post my complete review then.

Anyway, I still have more to say about the Mars Hill Classified series, so the final review will have to wait.

As I was stopping by a number of other blog tour participants’ sites and reading their comments, I realized I have said very little about the Christian part of these books. The thing is, they are VERY Christian in a completely natural way, so the Christianity doesn’t stand out as a thing separate from the story. It fits into the story because the protagonist is a Christian. His wife is a Christian.

These Christian characters then do what Christians do—they struggle, pray, trust, fear, obey, grieve, depend, love, sacrifice, hope, stumble, believe, endure, share. In other words, their Christianity is a part of them and therefore it comes out in the way they deal with life, just like the need for air makes one breathe.

The world that astronaut John (Hawk) Wells lives in, whether it is Mars, the Space Station, Earth, the Epsilon space ship, is not a “Christian” world. Most of the people he relates to are not believers. Occasionally he’s chided for his faith, and he’s “accused” of being “such a Boy Scout” as if this is a bad thing. At one point, he’s even left off the final selection for the Mars mission primarily because of his beliefs.

Hawk takes the negative in stride and doesn’t back down from what he believes. He even finds ways to tell those who want to listen more about his faith. And when he can’t—when it is too late for some he cares about—he grieves and feels remorse.

In other words, I believe Austin has written these characters in a thoroughly believable way, which translates into him writing about Christianity in a thoroughly believable way. It is definitely one of the strengths of the novels.

I’ve kept you long enough. Explore (notice the space theme there 😛 ) what others are saying about The Return.

Trish Anderson Brandon Barr Jim Black Justin Boyer Grace Bridges Amy Browning Jackie Castle Valerie Comer Karri Compton Lisa Cromwell CSFF Blog Tour Gene Curtis D. G. D. Davidson Janey DeMeo Merrie Destefano or Alien Dream Jeff Draper April Erwin Linda Gilmore Beth Goddard Marcus Goodyear Jill Hart Katie Hart Sherrie Hibbs Christopher Hopper Becca Johnson Jason Joyner Kait Karen Dawn King Tina Kulesa Terri Main Rachel Marks Karen McSpadden Eve Nielsen John W. Otte Lyn Perry Deena Peterson Rachelle Cheryl Russel Chawna Schroeder Mirtika Schultz James Somers Speculative Faith Steve Trower Laura Williams Timothy Wise

Published in: on September 19, 2007 at 11:56 am  Comments (8)  
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