As writers we have a unique opportunity to tell the world what it's all about. In our stories and in our characters, we can show what it really means to be a follower of Christ, and that means accurately portraying the struggle. We can tell about how we grapple with lust, with greed, with dishonesty, with bitterness, with any of the myriad sins that tempt humankind, while at the same time speaking of the great mercy of the God who relentlessly works to transform us into the image of His Son."
From Writing to a Post-Christian World by Ann Tatlock
As a writer do you agree or disagree with Ann Tatlock's statements above? Especially in books for children and young adults, should we paint our characters as all good? All nice? All saved?
If not, where do you think we should draw the line at giving our characters faults? At showing that they sin, how they sin, how much they sin?
In your manuscripts do you consciously show that your characters need and/or receive forgiveness? Redemption?
Have you thought about this: can someone reading the book you've written see godly values in the story? Does the theme point in even the most subtle way to godliness or to Christ?
I don't mean should we tack a moral or Scriptural value onto the end of the story. I mean, should we skillfully weave the themes of redemption, forgiveness, holiness into the threads of our books?
Or should we just stick to telling stories?
I'd love to read your thoughts.