It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Christian Fiction Anymore. Deborah Bryan Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=debs4jc. Librarything.
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Tyndale Fiction Content Policy
As a conservative Christian publisher, Tyndale House has policies that pertain to the use of sexual content, violence, and profanity.
Suspense stories sometimes involve some type of violence. Tyndale fiction, however, should encourage a respect for the value of life. Readers should feel uncomfortable with the results of violence in a story, not by the violence itself. In other words, readers do not need to see the violence to understand and lament its impact. Moreover, violence and its effects should be answered by the hope of Christ and redemption. We will not accept gratuitous violence in our fiction. If used, violent content must be integral to the story and used infrequently. Here is a case where we encourage writers to break a rule of fiction writing—tell, don’t show. And remember, less is more.
Tyndale does not allow the use of profanity or the taking of God’s name in vain. Tyndale considers the use of profanity inappropriate and believes that such language tends to offend and alienate the very readership that Tyndale seeks.
While many Christian stories have characters that are romantically attracted to each other, they must at the same time uphold the principles of Biblical sexual purity. Along with physical attraction, healthy Christian dating relationships should also involve spiritual, intellectual and emotional attractions.