The relationship between art and faith has always been complex and full of questions. It has never been easy for human creators in any field to find full expression of their imagination, impulses and vision in a way that conveys faithfully their convictions of grace and redemption to both the Church and the world. So rigidly scrutinized from all corners, Christian writers seem to continually fall into the cracks - if they tell our stories and secrets too bluntly, the Church and her people often harshly condemn them, wishing they would just write the End of the Story. From the other side, the literary and publishing communities shout ''propaganda!'' at the slightest mention of God in life, or positive representations of Christianity in their work. Committed to every level of truth - both the daily grinding truth of our lives as we live them, and the deep truth of God's stories engineering history, the writer's path is full of tough choices and hard knocks. How do they deal with this reality, and what do they do? Here are twelve insightful interviews on those queries. English professor W. Dale Brown presents these impressive conversations with contemporary American writers of faith, including Garrison Keillor, Frederick Buechner, Will Campbell, Doris Betts, Jon Hassler, Walter Wangerin, Denise Giardina, Robert Olen Butler and others to provide us with insight and understanding into the difficulties of the writing life and faith.
An Eighth Day View:
Of Fiction and Faith features in-depth, personal interviews between W. Dale Brown and twelve American writers-from celebrated award winners to those just beginning to find readers. Conducted over a five-year period, these face-to-face interviews provide a window into the personal and literary lives of some of our most significant writers. Here the writers candidly discuss their careers and published works as well as their works in progress and their general views of the profession. In each case, the authors also talk about the intersection between faith and fiction and the role of religion in the work of a writer. Featuring interviews with: Doris Betts Frederick Buechner Robert Olen Butler Will Campbell Elizabeth Dewberry Clyde Edgerton Denise Giardina Robert Goldsborough Jon Hassler Garrison Keillor Peggy Payne Walter Wangerin Of Fiction and Faith also includes photographs, a brief introduction to each of the writers, and a chronological listing of their work. Taken together, the interviews provide a perceptive analysis of contemporary literature and a challenge to the practice of labeling books as "Christian" or "secular." In addition to serving those who are fans of one or more of these writers, this engaging volume will prove to be an excellent resource for those interested in finding quality fiction for personal reading. "Cozy fireside conversations with a dozen contemporary writers on their faith, carefully arranged and thoughtfully conceived." - Kirkus Reviews