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THE SANCTIFYING POWER OF CHRISTIAN FICTION: by SHANNA HEATH
6/11/2024 6:15:00 PM BY Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Salvaged

AUTHOR:  Shanna M. Heath

PUBLISHER:  Self-published

GENRE:  Young Adult

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand Alone

TARGET AGE:  12-18+

 

 

 

IT IS MYPLEASURE TO WELCOM AUTHOR SHANNA HEATH TO PATTI’S PORCH. SHANNA INTRODUCES HER YA CHRISTIAN FICTION NOVEL AND ADDRESSES THE NEED FOR WHOLESOME CHRISTIAN FICTION FOR OUR YOUTH.  

 

 

 

THE SANCTIFYING POWER OF CHRISTIAN FICTION:

A Conversation on Patti’s Porch

 

 

 

…theologian Kevin Vanhoozer says that imagination, trained and developed by reading literature, is “a vital ingredient” in the believer's sanctification. We shouldn’t think of books as merely an educational tool (though they are a very effective one). Reading stories and loving language can help us to pursue God and love his people more.

-Prior, Karen Swallow. “Chapter 5: The Value of Literature.” Beautifully Distinct: Conversations with Friends on Faith, Life, and Culture, The Good Book Company, p. 53.

 

 

 

I’ve always loved reading, but my writing journey started a few years ago when our school hosted a book fair. As a mother of three and a middle school teacher, I was excited to check out the new releases, fully aware of how valuable a strong love of reading can be. I quickly found myself discouraged by the selection. It seemed as though there was a trend to push what I considered inappropriate themes or messages; I found myself desperate for books with more appropriate material that was still relevant and entertaining. I discussed this dilemma with the school librarian, a close friend, and almost in jest declared “I should write a book.” She didn’t miss a beat and responded, “You should!”

 

 

 

It felt like someone had given me permission to try something I knew I would love but had always been too afraid to try. It was exciting! Angels sang, clouds parted, and I rushed home to jot down my first plot idea. I’m kidding. Covid hit, so I had some free time on my hands…I drenched my ideas in prayer and Salvaged was born.

 

 

 

But it was that moment in the library when I recognized the scarcity of faith-based literature that could speak directly to teenagers that inspired me to write YA Christian fiction. I felt a calling to help fill a wide gap and provide wholesome, uplifting, and thought-provoking stories as an alternative to the often secular (and sometimes morally ambiguous) themes like the ones I discovered at the book fair.

 

 

 

Teenagers face unique challenges and questions, such as identity, purpose, and faith (...don’t we all!). When I wrote Salvaged, my goal was to show Hadley, the main character, navigating difficult events within the context of a Christian worldview. Whether that be in her experiences coping with her grandmother’s terminal cancer diagnosis, adapting to life within her new stepfamily, or in her developing a romantic relationship with her peer-mentor Colton…I tried to show her strengths and vulnerabilities in a way that would relate to the experiences of readers. Through Hadley’s trials and triumphs, readers learn about love, forgiveness, and the importance of faith—all while having a pretty great time, Lord willing. I hope through reading my book teens (and adults!) find solace, answers, and inspiration.

 

 

 

Also, it's FUN to write YA!

 

 

 

In a world where young people are constantly bombarded with messages of doubt, fear, and uncertainty, Salvaged offers a refreshing alternative. I’m not alone in my desire to craft YA Christian fiction, either. Authors such as Angela Shelton, Lauren Thell, and Jenny B. Jones craft excellent works I’d love for my children and students to read. They too have inspired me, and I carry their books on my classroom shelves and at home.

 

 

 

Like those YA authors I’ve mentioned, I too have a passion for storytelling and a deep commitment to my faith; together, those drive me to write narratives that inspire and positively impact the spiritual lives of young readers. I want readers to laugh and maybe have a good cry. I’d love for teens to read Salvaged and feel like they just got a literary hug from Jesus himself. As Ms. Prior mentioned in the opening quote, “Reading stories…can help us to pursue God and love his people more.” So, grab a great work of Christian fiction and enjoy the ride.

 

 

 

Amen, and happy reading!

 

 

 

Back Cover Blurb for Salvaged:

High school senior Hadley is certain she must earn a summer internship at the Office of Naval Research, and she’s pretty darn confident she might! Unfortunately, her world is turned upside down by the news of her grandmother Nonny’s bleak cancer diagnosis. Hadley is forced to relocate from her home in Maryland to Kentucky to live with her estranged father and (gulp!) new stepfamily. As Hadley prepares to face a world of unknowns, she fears she will lose her beloved Nonny, and her hopes of snagging her dream internship seemingly disappear.

In the midst of adjusting to her new life in the bluegrass, Hadley steps into the unexpectedly pleasant role of half-sister and tackles a daunting senior project interning at a local business, Southern Salvage. Here, Hadley strives to befriend her peer mentor Colton, who seems all too eager to rid himself of a burdensome intern. At first. As Hadley navigates life in an unfamiliar state, school, and family, can she overcome the overwhelming sense she’s disrupted everyone’s happy normal? Is she just an unwelcome inconvenience? She wonders...has God abandoned Hadley Edwards? With the help of her family and Colton, Hadley might just learn the true meaning of “salvaged.”

 

 

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Salvaged is also availae at IngramSpark and all other major book retailers

 

 

 

Shanna Heath resides in central Kentucky with her sweet family, two dogs, and a ball python. When she isn’t writing young adult Christian fiction, she enjoys teaching middle school social studies or taking Sunday afternoon naps. A sucker for teen romcoms, her stories have a knack for weaving together the awkward and the flirtatious, with a healthy dose of real-life complications to boot.

 

 

 

 

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