Back in the day before I was a Christian I used to loveeeee horror fiction. Anne Rice and Stephen King were my favorites. Josh turned me on to Anne Rice before Tom Cruise ever tried to step into the shoes of Lestate the Vampire. But after I became a Christian I did not get the joy I once had out of those sort of books and stopped reading them, even went as far as giving all the books I had from those authors away. I loved those writers but didn't want my head and heart filled with where those stories went. I prayed that they would turn their talents and lives over to the Lord one day so that I could again enjoy them but foremost that they would honor the Lord.
I thought for sure after Stephen King's brush with death a few years ago it would of lead him to the Lord and I could look forward to reading something from him again but that didn't happen. (He has come out of retirement with a new horror called Cell.. lol mom already has it on order) Today I was pleasantly surprised to read this article claiming that Anne Rice has turned her life over to writing for Jesus Christ and "The Church". Ok so she went back into Catholicism.. but it is a start. Her new book "Christ The Lord: Out Of Egypt" is a fictionalized account of Jesus's youth from his point of view. Interesting but I think if I was to read it I would approach it with caution. But, Praise God that Anne has come to the Lord and is now writing to Glorify Him!
The article quotes her as saying.. "I want this book to make Jesus real to people," she says, including "maybe people who have never thought about Him or people who just don't take Him seriously." In this book, the writer adds, "I've tried to create a probable reality -- the way it might have been with the holy family day in, day out."
I think there may be a danger on writing about themes that are not clear in scripture.. The NT only speaks about Jesus's youth once but I know there are spoken traditions in the Catholic Church about the stories of his family's time in Egypt. I am one who doesn't believe in traditions but only what the Bible says. But I have read some wonderful books written from a Biblical Charter's perspective and how the culture was in those times. Last year (I'll have to go back and look up the post I did on it and it's name and author) I read one from Bathsheba's (sp?) perspective and her relationship with King David and how their affair effected the kingdom. It was neat to have it all click that Jesus Christ came from that line formed by David and her threw their son Solomon. It was very uplifting and the author incorporated many of the Psalms into thier prayers. I loved it. So I will try and not prejudge Anne Rice's new book and look forward to checking it out for myself.
Now.. if only Stephen king would come to the Lord.