Spotted the following review of my novel “First Time: The Legend of Garison Fitch” on Amazon and thought it brought up an interesting point or two:
I really liked the first Garison Fitch book, with the focus on how one person changed the world from containing the Soviet Americas, the Japanese Americas, and the Republic of Texas to the world we have today by one simple act of kindness. Though, there was one aspect that prevented me from giving it 5 stars.
I found the references to Christianity annoying. Of course, including a particular philosophical or religious view point in a novel is the prerogative of the author. I don’t begrudge Mr. White that. However, what I found so annoying, as a agnostic, recovering Christian, is that first, there was NO indication when I read the book synopsis that this was a pro-Christian sci fi novel (something which I tend to find oxymoronic in the best of times). Second, the Christian elements were so few and far between. Now, that last statement may seem contradictory. I assure you it is not.
I would’ve preferred that this book either have NO mentions of Christianity or been filled with them. The way it was, I’d settle down, almost forgetting Mr. White’s religious bent, start getting into the drama of the story, and then be brought to a halt by some side reference to salvation or god’s will or some such. I’d then have to skim over those sections, until I found a spot where the characters stopped talking about their religious beliefs.
The funny thing (to me) is that I didn’t set out to write a Christian novel. And I haven’t listed it as a Christian novel on Amazon or B&N because I don’t think of it as one. I just set out to write an entertaining novel and populate it with entertaining characters. The fact that many of them are Christian is because I like the idea that Christians can do all kinds of different jobs in this world and be all different kinds of people and, as such, their beliefs will be discussed from time to time.
Still, I take it as a compliment that the discussions of their faith struck this person so strongly.