F. W. Baue

Bigtime Christian fiction

Books | John Grisham gets explicit with his faith in his latest bestseller, as Frederick Buechner earns critical acclaim
by F. W. Baue
Posted 7/03/99, 12:00 am

John Grisham is one of America's biggest selling authors, specializing in thrillers about the legal profession, but he is also a Christian, a Southern Baptist, and a Sunday school teacher. Now he has gotten so big that he evidently feels that he can get away with putting explicit Christianity into a novel.

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Books: The fictional Antichrist

Books | Does Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins's bestseller reduce Christianity to a comic book?
by F. W. Baue
Posted 5/01/99, 12:00 am

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Books: Realism, struggle, faith

Books | Bret Lott's Jewel shows that a novelist can be both fully Christian and fully professional
by F. W. Baue
Posted 3/13/99, 12:00 am

Author Bret Lott cites two Scripture passages in the frontispiece of his Oprah's Book Club bestseller: "And this is the father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day" (John 6:39); and, "How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out" (Romans 11:33).

The protagonist is Jewel Hilburn, wife of a Mississippi lumberman and mother of five. In middle age, she conceives and bears a sixth child, Brenda Kay, who has Down syndrome.

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