Every author has themes that run throughout their books. Some choose political themes, others choose more down-to-Earth themes like coming-of-age, the hero's journey or overcoming adversity. As a Christian author, I have themes that run through all my novels as well.
THEME 1: CHRIST IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER
Whether in Mindfire or the Jordan of Algoran series, the protagonists face incredible challenges and hurtles to overcome. Things look bleak, but hope arises in turning to Jesus Christ and submitting to God's will.
I have been happy to present this theme because it works in real life, too. We all face difficulties and we don't always have the means to overcome things on our own. We may have financial or medical problems or we may be lonely or depressed. We're human, so we have to deal with each day as it comes.
But we don't have to deal with it alone. We may be separated from loved ones by time and distance, but God is everywhere. And we can have His help. All we have to do is turn to our Savior, Jesus Christ. We don't have to say much or even talk out loud. All we have to do is think of Jesus and say or think "Jesus, please help me!"
Hebrews 4: 14-16 (King James Version) reads:
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
THEME 2: ADOPTION
Leia Hamilton, the lead protagonist in Mindfire, is adopted by her father's wife. Sue Hamilton helped raise Leia since birth and has developed a deep bond with her adoptive daughter.
In the Jordan of Algoran series, Jordan and her mother were adopted into the Mokta tribe after they were abducted to Algoran and marooned there. They had to learn the language and culture from alien beings on another planet. But they were accepted and even willingly assimilated into that community. The tribe's culture and people became an integral part of their lives.
I support adoption. And while I have not personally adopted or fostered any children, I think it is wonderful. It takes a special kind of loving heart to want to care for others and bring them into their home.
The Bible speaks of literal and spiritual adoption.
Romans 8: 15-18 (KJV) reads:
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
THEME 3: TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
I believe in traditional marriage between a biological man and a biological woman. I recognize that the law allows for other forms of marriage. And I harbor no negativity towards anyone in any form of marriage. But God created marriage. Holy Matrimony is something only He can define.
Genesis 2: 20-24 (KJV) reads:
And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
In Mark 10: 6-9 (KJV), Jesus said:
But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
THEME 4: PRO-LIFE
My books will always be Pro-Life. I believe life is precious because all life was created by God. This is one of the reasons I support adoption and foster care. Through the Bible, God has said a lot about LIFE, even in the womb.
Jeremiah 1: 4-5 (KJV) reads:
Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Psalms 127: 3 (KJV) reads:
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
John 1: 1-4 (KJV) reads:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Genesis 25: 20-24 (KJV) reads:
And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
In Mindfire, Leia was born because of her father's efforts to convince her biological mother to continue the pregnancy and give birth to her. He then raised Leia to adulthood with his wife, Sue. Upon learning all this, Leia is profoundly affected.
I have other minor themes that also weave through my stories, but the ones I highlighted here are the main ones. And these are the four that will likely find their way into my future works. In my opinion, these are what that can make a difference in people's lives.
About the author
Allen Steadham is a nondenominational Christian. Happily interracially married since 1995 and the proud father of two sons and a daughter. He and his wife have been in the same Christian band since 1997. He plays electric bass, she plays strings, they both sing. It's all good.
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