God in Fantasy– Guest Post by Kendra E. Ardnek

Kendra E. Ardnek’s new book is here! Presenting…

My Kingdom for a Quest (The Bookania Quests #3)
Isn’t the cover just beautiful? Click on it to get to the Goodreads page.

Back Cover Blurb: Arthur is the rightful king of Briton, but his Uncle Mordreth refuses to give up the regency.   Arthur and Grandfather are now returning with allies to wrestle the kingdom from his uncle’s grasp.  But not all is as it seems among his allies, and everyone has secrets.  New loves, old loves, lost loves, kingdoms conquered and kingdoms stolen.   Who is the real “rightful heir” and will the nearly forgotten sword in the stone finally answer this question?

 

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Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways.  She’s been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years, “Finish your story, Kendra”, is frequently heard at family gatherings.  Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog, knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com.

 

As part of the blog tour for her book, I invited Kendra to do a guest post. And now, without further ado, Kendra’s post. Enjoy!

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Whenever a Christian author sits down to write a fantasy novel, they are confronted with a very important question. What are they going to do with God? After all, God is the focus of our lives, so shouldn’t he be the focus of our writing as well?

It isn’t such an issue when writing historical fiction, and especially not in contemporary. Even sci-fi lends itself naturally, so long as you don’t have any aliens involved. But what do you do in a fantasy story? How do you include God without being cliche – or worse, sacrilegious?

Gone are the days when a simple allegory will suffice. While there is nothing wrong with them, indeed, I’ve written that sort myself, there are so many that it’s become rather cliched. Most non-Christians will steer clear of any book that even looks like it might have such a scene.

But don’t despair! You can include God in your fantasy without making it an allegory! How, you ask? Well, pretty much the same way you include him if you use an allegory.

First, decide what aspect of God’s character that you would like to emphasize. The beauty and purpose of fantasy is that it can show the smaller facets of truths so readers can better understand the whole. For instance, in my Bookania Quests, I call Him the Author, and focus on His role of Creator and director of people’s lives. In the Rizkaland Legends, which I shall be launching later this year, I call Him Alphego, and focus on His eternal nature and how he makes all things work together for good.

Second, choose what you will call Him. I’ve seen some well-written fantasies where his is called “God” just as we do ourselves, but this is an opportunity to show which facet you will be showing. If you go back to the ancient Hebrew, you’ll find a collection of names that you can draw inspiration from. Elohim, El Shaddai, Yaweh, Adoni, even Yeshua, the Hebrew spelling of Jesus.

Or you can name an aspect of God, such as Creator, Infinite, or Lord.

Thirdly, be respectful. This is God, our Creator and Sovereign. Just because your story is set in another world does not give you opportunity to pull God out of character. Just because you’re focusing on His grace and love does not give you opportunity to ignore His justice and anger. Read the Bible, study the words of God, both in the Old Testament and New. Let your characters get to know him, and through them, your readers.

Thanks so much for having me over, Robyn Hoode!

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Kendra has some of her e-books up for free today!

Sew, It’s a Quest

The Woodcutter Quince

The Ankulen 

Do You Take This Quest?

Sew, It’s a Quest and Do You Take This Quest? are Books 1 & 2 of the Bookania Quests and I highly recommend them. So, shoo! Go and get them (and the others) while they’re free! And if you like them, buy My Kingdom for a Quest. You can get it as an e-book or in paperback.

DFTBA!