Christian Storytellers Manifesto

Calling Christian Fiction to Higher Standards

Foreword

 
Christian storytelling is facing a crisis.

Though good intentions abound, many Christian stories in the 21st century are cheesy, unrealistic, and artistically bland. Publishers struggle to find a market for Christian stories. And readers are leaving the genre.

This wasn’t always the case. Some of the greatest classics were written by Christians, and a resurgence of exceptional Christian storytelling may be just around the corner. We believe that modern Christian storytellers are able to pursue this noble calling.

This manifesto urges Christian storytellers to embrace the key philosophies, principles, and practices seen in the best Christian stories. It declares our resolve to aim for excellence instead of being content with subpar literature. It sounds an alarm in the writing community that we need a higher standard by which to discuss and judge our proficiency as storytellers. Finally, it unites like-minded storytellers who will support each other and seek to raise Christian storytelling to new levels.

Join the movement by signing the Christian Storytellers Manifesto today. 

The Manifesto

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.

Featured Signers

Wayne Thomas Batson
Author: The Door Within, The Sword in the Stars
Faith Blum
Author: Hymns of the West, Orphans of the West
Paul Regnier
Author: The Emerald Enigma, The Iron Gauntlet
Jaye Knight
Author: Resistance, The King’s Scrolls, Samara’s Peril, Exiles

Daeus Lamb
Author: God of Manna, The Golden Ziggurat

K.L. Pierce
Author: Two Lives Three Choices
Sharon Hinck
Author: The Restorer, The Restorer’s Son, The Deliverer

Morgan Busse
Author: Daughter of Light, Tainted, Mark of the Raven

Nate Philbrick
Author: Broken City of Crows, Where the Woods Grow Wild
Hannah Heath
Author: Colors of Fear, Skies of Dripping Gold
Kim Vandel
Author: Into the Fire, Among the Flames
S.D. Grimm
Author: Scarlet Moon, Phoenix Fire, Summoner
Kyle Robert Shultz
Author: The Beast of Talesend, Horseman, The Janus Elixir
Nicole Sager
Author: The Heart of Arcrea, Hebbros, Burdney

Hope Ann
Author: Burning Rose, The  Stealthmaster’s Shadow

Aleigha Israel
Author: A Light for Christ Trilogy

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453 Daniel Koranek Sep 23, 2020
452 Mia Patterson Sep 23, 2020
451 Elizabeth LaBrin Sep 22, 2020
450 Jennella Race Sep 21, 2020
449 Bianca Fauro Sep 19, 2020
448 Audra Schaffner Sep 17, 2020
447 Jenalyn Barton Sep 16, 2020
446 Ambassador International Aug 17, 2020
445 Lisa Miller Aug 13, 2020
444 David Bergsland Aug 13, 2020
443 Jonathan Babcock Aug 12, 2020
442 Maria Isabel Pita Aug 09, 2020
441 Somto Nsofor Aug 07, 2020
440 Abigail Rambeck Aug 04, 2020
439 Oketch Lazarus Aug 03, 2020
438 Claire Tucker Jul 25, 2020
437 Katelyn Entz Jul 16, 2020
436 Heather Terry Jul 15, 2020
435 Courtney Dyer Jul 11, 2020
434 Chloe Wilcox Jul 08, 2020
433 Aislinn Rocks Jul 02, 2020
432 Kaitlyn Carter Jun 29, 2020
431 Evangelyn Hill Jun 29, 2020
430 Ruth Elizabeth Jun 23, 2020
429 Ashlea Adams Jun 21, 2020
428 Jessi Wenger Jun 16, 2020
427 Susanna B Jun 13, 2020
426 Rebecca Washburn Jun 12, 2020
425 Samuel Paul Robbins Jun 12, 2020
424 Anthony Findora Jun 09, 2020
423 Ryan Elizabeth Fluke Jun 09, 2020
422 Ella F Jun 05, 2020
421 Jacob Hess May 28, 2020
420 ReaAnna Nichols May 26, 2020
419 Kimberly G. Shinn May 25, 2020
418 Anna Sleppy May 21, 2020
417 Elissa Audrey May 19, 2020
416 Emily Maynard May 15, 2020
415 Beth Hutto May 10, 2020
414 Mikayla Holman May 07, 2020
413 Kay LaFevre May 06, 2020
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411 Angela Dicken May 03, 2020
410 Eno O'wunmi May 03, 2020
409 Alicia Williams May 02, 2020
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407 Hailey Huntington May 01, 2020
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