Christian Storytellers Manifesto
Calling Christian Fiction to High Standards
Let’s dream big about what Christian fiction look like.
The Christian Storytellers Manifesto is about thinking beyond what only sells in this decade. How can we craft stories that also stand the test of time, like the great literary classics of the past?
Writers need a vision of what it practically looks like to become an author who crafts art that endures.
This manifesto declares our resolve to aim for excellence instead of being content with subpar literature. It provides clarity on what key practices are seen in the best Christian stories. It offers a unique perspective on how we should discuss and judge our proficiency as storytellers. And it unites like-minded writers around a common vision of what it means to raise Christian storytelling to new levels.
Will you sign your name and join the movement?
As human beings created in God’s image, enabled to sub-create stories that reflect and reveal God’s story, and enlightened by the Word to see and display this reality, we resolve the following:
– We resolve to be passionate and dedicated in our pursuit of excellent storytelling, knowing that we are reflecting the Creator’s image within us and fulfilling God’s commands to take dominion over the earth, love fellow image bearers, and steward the resources He has provided.
– We resolve to fearlessly embrace and wisely exercise imagination as a gift from God, trusting Him to use it, not by limiting our creativity but by benevolently directing it.
– We resolve to look for ways to explore meaningful themes while delighting our readers, avoiding futile attempts to depict truth devoid of beauty.
– We resolve to infuse our storytelling with truth, being bold and unafraid of our stance while presenting it with love and tact, recognizing that truth in storytelling is best communicated when shown, not told.
– We resolve to avoid pointing readers toward false sources of hope or unbiblical answers to thematic questions, but to seriously consider how we can naturally and powerfully portray or allude to God’s reality in our stories.
– We resolve to craft characters who remain true to how flawed human beings live and act, affirming that Christian storytellers have the freedom to portray the full human experience in all its beauty and depravity, not to glorify or endorse sin but to accurately reveal the brokenness of the world.
– We resolve to seek to understand readers’ thought processes, emotions, and worldviews so we can connect meaningfully with them in our storytelling, knowing that human nature is repelled by simplistic representations.
– We resolve, in light of God’s ultimate victory in our fallen world, to paint traces of hope in even the darkest situations.
– We resolve to accurately represent beliefs that differ from our own in order to help readers understand people rightly and challenge misconceptions.
– We resolve to strive for excellence and not settle for mediocrity by developing a competent command of grammar and style, understanding that skilled use of language points to the splendor of God’s created order.
– We resolve to let our work shine before others in an effort to reach, encourage, and challenge them.
– We resolve to exhibit Christlikeness by nurturing authentic connections with readers that transcend their potential as customers, building a rapport with fellow authors, and responding to critics with patience and grace.
– We resolve to base our confidence in God and not the opinions of others, to rely on God by praying over our writing, and to bury ourselves in Scripture, for we can only exemplify truth when we are immersed in it ourselves.
– We resolve to be teachable, weighing the advice of others because we always have room to grow, and to be humble, acknowledging that we are not writing the greatest story but merely pointing readers to it.
– We resolve to remember that the purpose of storytelling is to glorify God and that our worth is not founded in our authorship, but in being sons and daughters of the King.
Wayne Thomas Batson
Author: The Door Within
Author: The Restorer, The Restorer’s Son, The Deliverer
Chief Operating Officer of Ambassador International
Author: Hymns of the West, Orphans of the West
S. D. Grimm
Author: Scarlet Moon, Phoenix Fire, Summoner
Kyle Robert Shultz
Author: The Beast of Talesend, Horseman, The Janus Elixir
Author: The Emerald Enigma, The Iron Gauntlet
Morgan L. Busse
Author: Daughter of Light, Tainted, Mark of the Raven
Author: The Heart of Arcrea, Hebbros, Burdney
Jaye L. Knight
Author: Resistance, The King’s Scrolls, Samara’s Peril, Exiles
Author: Broken City of Crows, Where the Woods Grow Wild
Author: Burning Rose, The Stealthmaster’s Shadow
Author: God of Manna, The Songkiller’s Symphony
Author: Colors of Fear, Skies of Dripping Gold
Author: Into the Fire, Among the Flames
K. L. Pierce
Author: Two Lives Three Choices
Author: A Light for Christ Trilogy
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Every year, we run a new in-depth article series unpacking the practical applications of the Manifesto resolutions in further detail. Here’s what we’ve released so far.
(Why download? Resolutions work best when they’re visible. Sign a physical copy and put it somewhere it will inspire you.)
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|526||E. Joy Mullon||Oct 10, 2021|
|525||E. G. Bella||Oct 09, 2021|
|524||Brigitte Cromey||Oct 09, 2021|
|523||Josie Praytor||Oct 03, 2021|
|522||Abby Carlton||Sep 27, 2021|
|521||Emily Hofer||Sep 20, 2021|
|520||Francis de Paola Knight||Sep 13, 2021|
|519||Catherine Jones||Sep 11, 2021|
|518||Sara Jackson||Aug 30, 2021|
|517||Penn Hayden||Aug 23, 2021|
|516||Sarah Abegglen||Aug 14, 2021|
|515||Miyei Park||Aug 11, 2021|
|514||Erin McLaughlin||Aug 08, 2021|
|513||Naomi Neriah Altman||Aug 06, 2021|
|512||Octavia Burney||Jul 31, 2021|
|511||Charis Willis||Jul 27, 2021|
|510||Analise Martin||Jul 25, 2021|
|509||Evelyne Holland||Jul 22, 2021|
|508||Scott Kelly||Jun 30, 2021|
|507||Daphne Self||Jun 28, 2021|
|506||Kelli McKinney||Jun 25, 2021|
|505||Carlos Carrasco||Jun 21, 2021|
|504||Jaden Cooper||May 25, 2021|
|503||Sim Davis||May 24, 2021|
|502||Angelique Dusenge||May 24, 2021|
|501||J. S. Clingman||May 18, 2021|
|500||Terry Taylor||May 09, 2021|
|499||Sydney Newman||May 09, 2021|
|498||Anna Grace||May 05, 2021|
|497||Naomi Lois Venida||May 02, 2021|
|496||Martha Caudill||Apr 30, 2021|
|495||Jackie Hunter||Apr 25, 2021|
|494||Kingsley Chan||Apr 23, 2021|
|493||Christopher Babcock||Apr 23, 2021|
|492||Ben Buitendijk||Apr 19, 2021|
|491||Alice Lanterne||Apr 17, 2021|
|490||Katy Siedentopp||Apr 15, 2021|
|489||Esther Lawe||Apr 12, 2021|
|488||Emily Curtis||Apr 12, 2021|
|487||Yaasha Moriah||Apr 06, 2021|
|486||Karissa Chmil||Apr 03, 2021|
|485||Alexandra Brake||Mar 13, 2021|
|484||Savannah Jane McCrary||Mar 03, 2021|
|483||Catherine Stib.||Feb 20, 2021|
|482||Allie Andersen||Feb 18, 2021|
|481||Jerah Winn||Feb 13, 2021|
|480||Trinity Kravitz||Feb 08, 2021|
|479||Bojidar Marinov||Feb 06, 2021|
|478||Emalee Springfield||Feb 03, 2021|
|477||Joshua Moon||Feb 01, 2021|
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