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Black Christian Authors Write With Passion
Sometimes reading a religious book is like an exercise to put you to sleep. The writing is dry and the themes are heavy and beat you over the head. Most of the time, they provide absolutely no competition for mainstream media's offerings. It's hard to concentrate and even harder to figure out why anyone would want to be a Christian in the first place if the experience parallels what is described in these books. That's where African American independent Christian authors are different.
Whether crafting fine fiction with a religious theme, or powerfully discussing tenets of the faith and their daily implementation Black Christian authors are rarely boring. The entire Black Christian experience is one of emotion and heart connection to the faith. There is little that is staid, rote or repetitive. Religious expression is as much a part of most of these writers' lives as breathing and eating, and it comes bursting through in their work.
This is the place to look to infuse new energy into your own faith. These are books that connect to the heart.
There are about seven commonly recognized denominations that are primarily African American. Independent Christian authors from these traditions speak in a powerful and unique voice that brings sustenance to readers of all ethnic backgrounds. These denominations and their members grew from an experience of turning to faith for support no matter what trials life had in store. Religion here is as essential to a healthy life as good food and nurturing families.
The themes of freedom, looking toward a better day, and ultimate justice are shared themes of the Black and Christian experiences. Combined together they synergize into mighty calls toward personal integrity and living from the heart. Black Christian authors have unique experiences as minority members persecuted much like early members of the church. This personal connection makes their writing, whether fiction or inspirational, intimate and insightful in a totally unique way.