What is Christian Fiction?
One of my favorite blogs, by author and pastor, Mike Duran, attempts to answer that question in one of his most commented posts on the blog.
I will highly recommend you checkout his blog and I promise will it make you think.
With that in mind, I believe Athol Dickson’s Lost Mission is an excellent example of Christian Fiction is and can be.
–A woman from Mexico decides leave her home and come to America to convert everyone into becoming Christians.
–A minister fresh out of seminary decides to start a ministry amongst an illegal alien community in Southern California.
A rich Christian man whose wife left him for his church’s Sunday School Teacher and lost his daughter in a car accident decides to build a Christian city to shelter its citizens away from sins of the secular world.
Three Franciscan priests from the late 1770′s along with Spanish explorers in Southern California decides to convert Native Americans into becoming Catholics. Well, one of the priests creates a painting which connects them to the present day.
All of these elements come together in Lost Mission. I won’t give it all away, but there are some interesting questions that the novel tries to address.
It is more authentic to be a poor Christian than a rich Christian in order to advance the kingdom of God?
If you decide to follow God’s call and it looks like everything you tried turned out to be a failure, do you still believe that God called you?
Can Christians protect themselves from the world’s influences by building their own cities? And is that a wise thing to do?
What is the best way to go about converting people from paganism? Is it by force from exploration or conquest? Is it by befriending them and incorporate some of their customs? Or is their another way?
Lost Mission doesn’t give any easy answers to those questions the author addresses in the novel. I deeply appreciate that and it made the story more authentic and believable.
My only quibble with the novel was transition between the past and present story lines. But, once I got the hang of those transitions it didn’t bother me as much.
This is a fascinating read and highly recommended. I believe Lost Mission shows what Christian Fiction can be at the highest levels.