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The Best Christian Short Stories: Short Stories Sharpened by Faith

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The first volume in a collection of contemporary fiction that combines the artistry of critically accaimed writers with a clear Christian worldview.

From Homer Hickam, the best-selling author of "Rocket Boys"--which later became the movie "October Sky" to editor and contributing best-selling author Bret Lott, this collection spans a talented community writing an eclectic bl
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Published July 1st 2006 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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David Gregg
There is much too little good Christian fiction out there that isn't sappy or romantic, and the genre of the short story is even more hard to come by. This is a book for people who like a story for its own sake. The stories can be considered Christian, but without an agenda, which means pure literature--so no big feeling of forced spirituality.

I found the literary quality to be very good, but I gave this collection a five-star rating because so many Christians need exposure to decent fiction. Th
I love compilations of short stories
I have often been disappointed with Christian fiction.

So this book of Christian short stories was a bit of a gamble. But I enjoyed. It contains a good mix of settings and perspectives and even concepts of faith (some not necessarily Christian but that give Christians something to think about). And one of the authors is a friend of my mother's, which was a pleasant surprise.
David Drury
What I learned from this book, which re-published my short story "Things We Knew When the House Caught Fire," is that my short story is not only Christian (who knew?)but that it is apparently VERY Christian. My story, in fact, looks down its nose at me and tells me that it has a lot of good news for me out in the lobby.
My husband's has a short story in here. I like the story a lot, but I don't necessarily like Christian short stories because I feel that art that is specifically "christian" is usually not very good. So I can't account for the rest of the stories in the book.
Jun 27, 2007 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
A lovely collection of sharp and insightful short stories. Lott gives a good introduction to what a "Christian short story" is. These are pleasurable and scintillating.

Aug 02, 2007 Grace rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian writers
I wasn't blown away by anything here. Probably my favorite story was the one by Bret Lott, who edited the volume.
"The Results of a Dog Going Blind" by Rebecca Schmuck is worth the price of the book. Stupendous writing!
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