Monday, April 21, 2014

Richard Mabry's "Critical Condition"


“Warning: May Contain Christian Content”

I’m prepared to have my writing style criticized so long as he cause is valid. It’s conceivable that the reader doesn’t like medical novels. Perhaps I don’t pack a particular book with enough suspense. Maybe the characters are one-dimensional. All these are valid criticisms. But I bristle at criticism leveled at my work simply because it was written from a Christian worldview.

Every time one of my books is available as a free download, I can look forward to several one-star reviews, generally with the same comment: “I don’t like Christian fiction.” It’s not that I fill my novels of medical suspense with altar calls and conversion scenes. True, one of the characters sometimes quotes Scripture, but that’s rare, and always in context. What I do is write fiction from a Christian worldview, knowing that following Jesus isn’t a “get out of jail free” card, but rather a promise of strength most of us don’t know we had.

I’m often asked by interviewers from secular sites to explain Christian fiction. Here’s some of what I’ve said in the past: The books portray characters that are flawed, as we all are, and who struggle with their relationships, both with God and their fellow man...What I’ve frequently said is that the only difference I really see is that these novels don’t contain anything I’d hesitate for my mother, wife, or daughter to read.

I’m pleased that my latest novel, Critical Condition, has been given great reviews, including 4 ½ stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews. But I’m holding my breath until readers weigh in. Will some of them criticize my work because it’s “Christian fiction?” I hope not, but you never can tell.

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Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and author of “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have been a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel, finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award, and winner of the Selah Award. His latest, Critical Condition, is his seventh published novel. You can follow Richard on his blog, on Twitter, and his Facebook fan page. Links for the purchase of his books are found on his web page.

14 comments:

  1. Love your books!! Thank you for good Christian reading. Jacque Webb
    bouttime@gmail.com

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  2. I have read you Prescription for Trouble series and loved it. I love Christian fiction. As for your 1star reviews because of it, I have to wonder why someone would read it if they don't like Christian fiction. I don't like a lot of secular fiction, so I don't read it. What I don't do is read it and give a negative review because I don't like the genre. Sorry for my rant.
    I would love to win a copy of your book.

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  3. Jacque and Susan, thanks for your comments. Glad you like Christian fiction. I wish I had the answer to people who download a free or highly discounted book, then trash it in their reviews because of the subject matter. My guess is that these are people who are looking for bargains and feel somehow cheated when what they've downloaded has content that makes them feel uncomfortable. I'll never be able to please everyone, but I do try to write in such a fashion that what I say about Christianity can "sneak up" on the unbeliever and make them think. If I can do that, I'm pleased, no matter how many one-star reviews come with it.

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  4. I enjoy medical mysteries and I love Chritian fiction.

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  5. I love your explanation of Christian fiction! And I love medical fiction. Sounds like I need to put you on my reading list :)

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  6. I actually had to laugh at the warning, but I always appreciate books that I can recommend without hesitation to friends & family.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  7. YAY.....another chance to win Richard's book! I have read them all so far and can't wait to read this one!! I love Christian fiction and especially medicals!!
    I so agree with Susan about the negative comments some folks post.....entirely ridiculous of them!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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  8. Thanks to everyone for your comments. I appreciate them.

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  9. Thank you for a chance to win this book. I never understand what anyone would have against a book because it is Christian fiction.. Much better than Sci fi or erotica. I don't like either and don't read them. Love your books. Lsmoore43(@)yahoo(.)com

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  10. Thanks, LSMoore, for those nice words about my book. I appreciate your comment.

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  11. Thanks for the warning. I look forward to reading your book.

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  12. Very interested to read this book! I have it in my GoodReads list now :) Thank you for the opportunity to win it!
    Dustbunny10@hotmail.com

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  13. Medical suspense is always interesting and the fact that it is a Christian book will make it even better!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  14. I appreciate this opportunity to interact with so many of you. The random number generator (don't you love computers?) has chosen the comment of Mary Preston to win a copy of Critical Condition. I'll be emailing her later today. Thanks to all of you for entering.

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