If I had contrived within myself to write The Realm of the Unseen, it would not be. One of the most important things to me is to do what God has instructed me to do, as I know it, and fulfill His call on my life. I think often to standing before the Lord and Him looking into my life for that very purpose, as it well will be, and coming up empty before Him. That is my biggest fear.
However, I am amazed at the Body of Christ in this day and age. I write in the genre of Historical Fiction. To me, Historical Fiction is writing about historical events in a novel setting, and, as a Christian, the historical events would be Historical Christian events. As it is, I have found that Historical Fiction books written by Christians are mainly romance books.
So, the dilemma is, when my book is placed in its genre, it is placed where people come to look for Christian Romance Novels. Mph! lol If I look at it from this standpoint, it would seem daunting, but as Christians, we do not have to settle for the status quot. Meaning, God will show Himself strong in our behalf as we trust Him to make a way in whatever call we are contriving to fulfill in the Lord.
The biggest challenge I believe I face is the challenge of reaching people with the message in my book, whether born again or not. I truly do not want to see people find themselves in a situation where they are sailing along and then find themselves suddenly in a crisis. It is so important to stay filled up with the Word of God and to gain understanding and wisdom so that in a time of need, you already have the resources from the Word and the Holy Spirit can bring it back to your remembrance. That's how that works.
But, tell me, where in a Romance Novel is the workings of the Lord, contained in His Word, manifested? I do not see such writings helping someone whose child is diagnosed with mental illness, or a friend diagnosed with some life threatening illness that only the miracle working power of God can cure.
Whether anyone buys my book or not is not the issue, the issue is that it is not just in the book market arena that I have found this indifference to the things of God, it is across the spectrum. And it makes me zealous for the things of God. As for my book, God will give me creative ways to promote and reach my target audience. So, all is not lost.
I am reminded of a Scripture in Isaiah 59:4..."No one makes claims justly; no one pleads honestly. They trust in empty and worthless words; they conceive trouble and give birth to iniquity."
Friend, it is time to seek the Lord while He may be found. As Jesus said, "As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him Who sent Me. Night is coming when no one can work."(John 9:4)
We need the Word of God expounded, not empty words that hold no eternal value. We can all sense within our spirits that something is on the horizon. When it comes, I want to be ready. How about you?
There is only One Way and only One Who frees people from sin, bondage, addiction, and a whole host of issues people face today. And that Way, that One, my friend, is Jesus.