Evangelistic fiction as seed
The use of evangelistic fiction as evangelistic tools or seed:
First of all, it seems that many Christians today lack the vision of using works of fiction as means of evangelism to reach those loved ones who won't go to church or listen to lectures.* Fiction can be quite effective as a tool or as a seed which could bear fruit later on down the line.
But before tackling the subject of fiction as an evangelistic tool, you may want to check out a great resource I found on strategies and tools for evangelism in general:
Fiction as an evangelistic tool:
What about That friend you've been wanting to witness to but haven't found the words, that neighbor who you invited to Church but refused to go, or that family member for you've been praying to come to Christ? Why not give them a work of evangelistic fiction as a gift? It can serve as a sort of door opener or icebreaker to start them thinking along the lines of the gospel. They may even change their attitude toward the gospel just from reading the novel. Then, later you can follow up by asking them how they enjoyed it, what they thought, etc. What they have read may wll have planted a seed in their minds, even raising certain questions which they may want to ask you. Thus, and of course, it might be good if you would have read the book yourself also, just so you know what they would be talking about.
Of course,--who am I kidding-- As an author, I 'm making this page to promote my 3 unique published evangelistic novels, which have really not done too well as yet, but perhaps one reason they haven't is because of what I just mentioned (it's a viscous circle)*
But, before you check out my novels, you may want to check out a neat book I found on the Biblical religion and the novel. But, whatever you do, be sure to check out my first unique evangelistic novel, then read about my writing process and then check out my 2nd unique evangelistic novel (below my writing process). Then, after checking how to give my books as eBooks and my acknowledgements, check out my latest evangelistic novel, "The Christmas Victory." But, first, as I suggested, why not check out the neat thesis immediately below before checking out my evangelistic novels further below.
My latest evangelistic fiction efforts:
Anyway, I just revised and expanded my Biblical novel and perhaps it will now fit both categories of "Christian fiction" and evangelistic fiction." Check it out under "My First Unique Evangelistic Novel" below. I also just recently wrote another evangelistic historical novel, called "The Christmas Victory, A Gem of a Sermon, All Wrapped up in a Historical Novel." You can check it out below also.
I'm the author of...
The three unique evangelistic novels listed below:
The powerful historical (Biblical) novel, "OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM, A Novel of Biblical Times," which as since been revised, expanded, and split in two.
The purposeful sci-fi (time travel) novel, "IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY, A Tale of Times and Truth."
AND MY LATEST, THE HISTORICAL NOVEL, "THE CHRISTMAS VICTORY, A Gem of A Sermon, All Wrapped Up in A Historical Novel"--
My evangelistic novels are unique in that they USE FICTION TO POINT TO TRUTH.
MY FIRST UNIQUE EVANGELISTIC NOVEL: - "OF SUCH IS THE KIINGDOM, A Novel of Biblical Times":
This novel is a powerful blending of stories of seekers from different walks of life who might have lived then and how they finally found fulfillment through the crucified and risen Christ, told with a unique style, combining poetry, straight dialogue, & 1st person narration with the 3rd person narrative. Unlike "The Robe" (see below) this novel poses no extra-Biblical miracles, but use fiction to point to truth.
NOTE: This novel was later republished by the original publisher in a newly revised and expanded 2nd edition, with a newly added Part III, dealing with the early church through Acts 12 and reactions of the rulers. to the new sect called Christians. It was then SPLIT in 2 in the print version with the complete 3 part version NO LONGER in print. Anyway, Parts I&II are complete in themselves and make the best gift. NOW recently, the original publisher is out of business, so I revised and re-published PARTS I& II with CreateSpace.
All editions are ALSO re-published as an e-book on Smashwords, nook, kobo, ibooks, Kindle, and other e-venues. You can get A 2nd edition version, fully COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR E-READING DEVICE or for online reading from Smashwords HERE and you can READ THE FIRST 27% FOR FREE before deciding to buy at Smashwords. (See below for "How to give my novels as gifts") (For KINDLE, click the "BUY NOW" (Amazon) Button below.)
Step back into New Testament times--to Ancient Jerusalem at the time of Christ and of the historical Roman Empire, and ask: What do a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? Down deep, they all seek for something better; and eventually, they all find the childlike humility and faith required for true fulfillment. The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod's foster brother, helps Herod foment an insurrection against Pilate, using the blacksmith, Barabbas as leader, to the dismay of the latter's Godly but fearful wife. The Mendicant, a young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings. Meanwhile, Pilate's wife pushes him to take over Herod's territory. Manaheem re-unites with his former wife, Claressa. In need of more money, he tries to blackmail Herod and almost looses Claressa. Barabbas turns to robbery, enlisting the aid of our two beggars. Manaheem almost loses his one true love, his former wife, Claressa, with whom he is trying to reunite. The robbery goes bad, and Barabbas and the beggars get caught and are sentenced to death.
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My Writing Process
HOW I CAME TO WRTIE MY UNIQUE EVANGELISTIC BIBLICAL NOVEL:
I always had an active imagination and liked to read, especially tales of other time periods. in Jr. High School I began writing and wrote several short stories as well as articles and poems, most of them having at least some Spiritual component. Then In Jr. College, around the Easter season, I wrote a short story about one Biblical character from the time of Christ in particular. My idea wa to turn people's attention through fiction to the cross. That story won 2nd prize in a magazine writing contest. Later, I decided to expand this story, and it became the basis for my Historical, Biblical novel, "Of Such is the Kingdom." I added more characters & drew out the plot. I made a list of chapter titles, and then wrote a brief summary of each chapter. From there it was easy to expand the summaries into the complete chapter. I varied the style at various points, adding poems here and there and using straight dialogue in places and even writing in the first person as one of the characters at times (a sort-of-stream-of-consciousness style.) So the style of that particular work became rather eclectic.
Last year I decided to revise and further expand this novel. I added a few more chapters to Parts I and II and expanded the Epilogue into Part III, about the early church. I kept all of the characters which were alive at the end of part II and added some new ones. I didn't include poems in Part III but I did keep the occasional first person narration by way one character's journal. In the revision, I also added chapter titles and quotes at the beginning of each chapter of the book..
For more on why you should give the above novel for Christmas, check out this hub:
- Consider giving my Unique Biblical Novel This Christ...
See why you should give my Biblical Novel for Christmas.
Other Biblical novels I have read:
I have read several other Biblical novels. One that stands out in my mind is "The Robe," by Lloyd C. Douglas, about a young Roman soldier and his slave. Like my novel, it covers the crucifixion and then beyond it to the early church. But, unlike mine it suggests un-Biblical supernatural occurrences, primarily, the attribution of power to the robe.
MY 2ND UNIQUE EVANGELISTIC NOVEL: - "IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY, A Tale of Times and Truth":
My 2nd novel is a Powerful sci-fi (time travel) novel which presents the gospel. All the time periods were carefully chosen by me for the Spiritual lessons they could convey or how they point to Christ as the answer. The one in their future is actually the start of the tribulation period of Revelation 6. Here are the Chapter titles and time periods from Chapter 5 onward (following "First landing".)
Chapter 5 "Gold and Gospel" (The California gold rush of 1849)
Chapter 6 "Deism and Faith" (Colonial America)
Chapter 7 "Tribulation and Patience" (Start of the tribulation period of Rev.6)
Chapter 8 "Humanism and Hope (Leonardo DaVinci [The Renascence])
Chapter 9 "Faith and Works" (Martin Luther [The Reformation])
Chapter 10 "Might and Right" (Camelot)
Chapter 11 "Christ and Crisis" (33 A.D. Jerusalem)
Chapter 12 "Conclusion: Faith and Unbelief"
In the future, a group of scientists plan to time-travel to Eden to prevent the fall of man, and thus put an end to all evil and disease in the world. At first, they can only go back about 200 years at once. They visit the California Gold Rush and Colonial America. They are pulled forward unexpectedly to their future and forced to fight in a senseless war. They break free and take off, finding a stowaway with a device for traveling further back. Thus, they meet Leonardo Da Vinci and discuss humanism. But, by mistake, they take off without the stowaway and his device. The lever jams, bringing them to Martin Luther and an argument over faith. By adding alcohol to the fuel, they manage to arrive at Camelot and finally, ancient Jerusalem, where they at last realize the real answer-the true end and goal of their mission.
This novel is currently out of print and unavailable as a print book due to the publisher going out of business, but I pan to re-publish it soon. Meanwhile, it is available as an e-book on Smashwords, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and other e-venues. You can get A VERSION FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR E-READING DEVICE or for online reading from SMASHWORDS HERE and you can READ THE FIRST 20% FOR FREE before deciding to buy at SMASHWORDS (For Kindle, click the "Buy now" button above and look for "Kindle,")
My Writing Process:
HOW I CAME TO WRTIE MY UNIQUE EVANGELISTIC SCI-FI NOVEL.
My 2nd novel is quite different from the first as you will see below and thus, the writing process was different. The basic idea of time-traveling to Eden to prevent the fall was suggested to me by a friend and I took it and ran with it. I made up the characters from different races who would be at the World Scientific Society. I added the rub that they could only go so far at a time, and I I carefully chose all of the time periods in the novel myself for effect and for the lessons they could teach pointing to the ultimate truth of salvation through Jesus. I listed the time periods and these became the rough chapter titles. Then I added the first two chapters about how they got the idea and the financial backing. The rest was easy - to fill in the details about each time period visited. Much of the historical chapters read like historical fiction once you get past the obvious sci-fi elements of the landing, communicating through time and fixing the ship. The idea of them being pulled to their future (which would be the start of the tribulation period) came while I was writing. Also, the final chapter titles had to be adjusted.
I played with the style of this novel, trying first to write it in first person as a kind of ship's log, but I found that didn't work too well, so I left it in 3rd person narrative.
for more about this unique Sci-fi (time travel) novel, check out this hub:
- My Unique Purposeful Sci-fi (time travel) novel
With all of the many Sci-fi novels which have been published and even all of the time travel novels, I still feel that mine is truly unique for several reasons.
Other Christian Sci-fi books I have read and recommend:
If the sci-fi fan on your list is not really into time travel, but prefers space oriented science fiction, then C.S. Lewis' trilogy is the one to give. The science fiction of C.S. Lewis is completely different from mine in scope and style, though not In purpose. Lewis sets forth a fictional and fantastic but all too possible universe with angel-like beings and other characters which point to an all loving God.
The C.S. Lewis space trilogy:
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My 3rd Unique Evangelistic Novel: "The Christmas Victory":
My latest unique evangelistic novel is a historical fiction novel, detailing the lives of H.W.Longfellow, his son, Charles, and Mark Twain. What do the lives of these three historical figures have in common? The answer is that both of their lives contained terrible tragedies from which they eventually found real hope and spiritual meaning—at least in this novel. This book is about one little sermon and one, even littler poem, and how, fictionally, they may have influenced and given hope to, not only the author of the poem, Henry W. Longfellow, but also his son, Charles, and Mark Twain, whom Charles meets. Though suffering tragic losses, these all eventually find hope and spiritual fulfillment."
This novel IS ALSO an e-book on Smashwords, Nook, Kindle, kobo, iBooks, and other e-venues. You can get A VERSION FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR E-READING DEVICE or for online reading from SMASHWORDS HERE and you can READ THE FIRST 20% FOR FREE before deciding to buy at SMASHWORDS (For Kindle, click the "Buy now" button above and look for "Kindle,")
My Writing Process:
HOW I CAME TO WRTIE MY UNIQUE EVANGELISTIC HISTORICAL NOVEL:
(From the foreword:)
First of all, I did NOT plan to write another book. With a Biblical novel, which I recently revised an expanded, a time travel novel and a self-help book under my belt, my only plans were for promotion.
Secondly, When I was in Seminary, circa 1974, The Lord began to give me insight into the meaning of Isaiah 7:14 from the use of language and context. I came up with a unique interpretation which I did not find anywhere else, but which I found to be extremely practical.
Thirdly, I wrote an article on my findings and published it in my ezine and on my Squidoo page.
Fourthly, a year age in November (2012) I was given the opportunity to preach around Christmas time and decided to use my idea and preach on Is.7:14. I entitled the message “The Christmas Victory.” It was well received by many, but some thought it a bit esoteric, so this year (2013) I got the idea to rework it and asked to preach it again. I revised it to make it more understandable and preached it on Dec.15, 2013 at Faith Presbyterian Church in Pembroke Pines Florida. I had nothing but good comments this time.
Fifthly As an illustration, toward the end of the sermon, I used Paul Harvey's bird story, of which he says he couldn’t trace the parentage.
Sixthly, For the choir anthem, I had the choir sing “I heard the bells on Christmas Day,” and I gave a brief history of the writing of the song, which I derived from the internet.
Seventhly, while I was working on my sermon and the hymn history, A friend of mine with whom I was praying on the phone, asked me if I were writing another book. I told him NO, and asked why he asked. He said he felt the Lord telling him to pray for the book I was writing. I told him again, I'm not writing any book and have no intention of writing another book.
Eighthly, BUT, the more I thought both about my sermon (and the fact that it needed to reach a larger audience) and the history behind that hymn (the story of Longfellow) and the bird story, I felt that these elements perhaps did have the making of another novel. The clincher was when I saw an episode of the T.V. Show “Touched by an Angel” in which Mark Twain is effected by the Henry's poem. I decided to try to tie all these elements together as a way of getting my sermon (which is found typed in all caps in Chapter 6) a larger audience by wrapping it up in a novel. And, by the way, although this entire work is copyrighted, I hereby release the copyright as it pertains to the use of the sermon in Chapter 6 by fellow preachers of the gospel. I desire the sermon to reach as large an audience as possible. Therefore any preachers who so desires may take the sermon or the sermon idea (including the information in the note at the bottom of the chapter and the complete outline and other notes in the Appendix) and use it, modifying slightly wherever they deem necessary (such as deleting any mention of the civil war.)
For more about this unique historical novel, check out this hub:
- My unique new historical novel, "The Christmas Victory...
My 5th published book is a unique historical novel, called "The Christmas Victory."
God and my dear wife
First of couse, I want to thank God for giving me the gift of writing and inspiring me with the ideas, cocepts and ways of constructing these novels.
Secondly, I want to thank My dear wife, Berenice, who encouraged me, put up with me and helped me stay sane in the proxess.
My Novels Blog
Check out my novels blog in the link below, for synopsis,and reviews of all my novels and even, in some cases, audio excerpts, as well as ordering instructions.
- My Unique Novels
GENERAL BLOG FOR ALL MY NOVELS. Has synopsis, reviews & audio excerpts of both
An opposing viewpoint.
Is evangelistic fiction really effective, or CAN it be? I tend to think that if Christians caught the vision and gave evangelistic fiction as gifts it just might be effective (See my article on my blog above). But this author takes a negative tack on the issue. Read both of our articles and make up your own mind. Then, please vote in the poll module below, and tell why you think what you think. Thanks
--James M. Becher
- How effective is evangelistic fiction?
The author questions the effectiveness of evangelistic fiction.
Do you agree?
If used correctly by Christians, evangelistic fiction CAN be an effective tool in reaching the lost.
Another media: film:
In addition to books, film is another media which can be used to reach many unbelievers. In fact some people would rather see a movie than read a book any day. And the time involved is conciderably shorter. I'm hoping that possibly some of my novels will eventually be made into movies. But in the meantime, check out the ones which I've listed below, and search for others.
The Left Behind films:
This series presents a fictional look at the future from the rapture and beyond, weaving the truth of Biblical prophecy with fictional characters and events: