Last week I picked up the latest novel from my favorite non-Christian suspense writer and promptly inhaled it. Didn't hurt that I was up in the middle of the night coughing, so could read while waiting for the medicine to kick in.
When I finished the book, I was left with an I don't know how else to say it but hopeless feeling.
There wasn't any sense of ah, the world is a bit better now. Justice has prevailed. The good guys won.
Instead, the book and characters were so complicated, the motivations so dark, that it ended with me quite frankly down.
What an eye opener as I get ready to work on my proposal chapters. I don't want to write books that leave people dejected at the end. Yes, the world is a dirty, gritty place. Yes, our books can go there. But my books (I hope) will always end with the hope that even when we don't understand we serve a God who does. The hope that He can make a way where there seems to be no way. The hope that on Calvary Christ defeated darkness forever. And the hope that justice can prevail over even the darkest moments in our lives.
So sense, I'm here in part to introduce you to writers who do those last things, leave a comment about how God has prevailed in your life -- it can be short -- and I'll pull some to get a book that's filled with hope and light.