August 2010 CSFF Tour Day 3: Foundling by DM Cornish

This month, the tour participants have highlighted numerous Christian fantasy favorites, several of which I have added to my reading list. Many paid tribute to Lewis and Tolkien, who have deeply impacted most fantasy readers/writers (myself included), while others have featured lesser known, but still worthy, books. If you haven’t visited some of the other tour stops yet, I encourage you to do so.

Now on to faith in Foundling. In an interview over at the Enchanted Inkpot
(which I highly recommend reading to learn more about the author and the series), DM Cornish shares a little about faith in his books, “I think that there can be a perhaps artificial notion that we ought to write what I think C.S. Lewis termed “nice Christian books.” I have certainly been asked more than once  when I might write a proper “Christian” book, to which my answer is that I have written a Christian book – I am a Christian and I have written a book. There seems to me to also be a prevailing belief that God does not like us, that he wants us to be someone else, that he frowns on us and says not “good enough”, that we are supposed to write/create things . During the years of initial invention I laboured under the notion that the Lord disapproved of what I was doing, that my passion for it was what is (I believe erroneously) termed “idolatry.” Yet in the unfolding “accident” of my publisher discovering my ideas, of all the “accidents” that lead to this, I found the Lord saying that he very much approves of the Half-Continent and all its denizens.”

Certainly, in Foundling (I cannot speak to the others in the series as yet) there is no allegory, no direct mention of spirituality at all—it’s more like Middle Earth in that regard than Narnia. But the Christian worldview bleeds through in the structures of his world, the nature of his characters, and the themes he tackles.

Personally, I enjoy all ends of the spectrum of faith in fantasy, from allegory to symbolism to thematic material. Each story demands different treatment (look at Till We Have Faces versus The Chronicles of Narnia, both by Lewis), and all have value and impact.

In addition, I think Cornish touches on another important aspect of writing or any creative endeavor—God’s approval of our creativity. I would go a step further to say that God not only approves, but He delights in our creativity, the imagination that He placed in us put to work in a way that reflects Him. Certainly creativity can be misused and abused in such a manner that it fails to honor God, but in the life of a believer, one walking with the Spirit, our craftsmanship, creativity, and imagination are pleasing to Him. In fact, we’re being faithful to use the gifts he placed within us, rather than neglecting them. I’m most likely preaching to the choir, but I think it is so important to understand our creativity in relation to God and how it both honors and pleases Him.

So enjoy reading the many creative works shared by members of this tour!

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6 Responses to August 2010 CSFF Tour Day 3: Foundling by DM Cornish

  1. Mike Lynch says:

    Sarah, thanks for stopping by my blog site. I’m glad you enjoyed my little story. As to Liana, that actually wasn’t supposed to be the name of the wife of the main character. When I typed it out originally, I spelt it as Llana. Brandon misread the name and thought it was Liana. We both like it so much that we just left it as is.

    If you are interested in getting When the Sky Fell for yourself, the best place to check it out would be my website (www.mikelynchbooks.com). I have a synopsis of the book there, sample chapters, and a fun page that has a lot of the cover art, along with several links where you can get the book.

    Mike

    • Sarah Sawyer says:

      What a great character naming story! It sounds like you and Brandon are a good writing team.

      I will definitely stop by your website and check out the book. 🙂

  2. I loved the quotes from Cornish here. I can so relate to his journey! It took me a long time to realize that writing fiction was not just okay with God, but was part of my calling in life. I believe we wrongly term many things as “idolatry” that are really legitimate, God-honored passions. Thanks for sharing this! Now I need to check out Cornish’s books …

    • Sarah Sawyer says:

      I think many Christian writers and artists wrestle with what godly creativity looks like, and a wrong understanding can hinder us walking in the fullness of our calling. Thankfully God is faithful to reveal truth! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  3. Will Pape says:

    Dear Mr. Cornish,
    I am a sixh grader at St. John the Baptist school in Fort Wayne Indiana. I love your book Foundling and I’m going to read the other to books. I have a problmey putting your book down because I want to see what will happen next what will Rossmund do next? Where will he go, what will he do, and when will he make it to the place of the Lamlighters.
    I do have a couple questions for you Mr. Cornish. First, what was your insperation for the books? Second how many drafts did it take you to get the perfect copy, also did you have a hard time with the charetars names? My final question is, is Factomun the final book? Thank you for your time.
    Your biggest fan,
    Will Pape

    • Sarah Sawyer says:

      Will, I’m sure Mr. Cornish would love to hear your feedback on his books. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’ll ever see what you’ve posted here. If you want to contact him, I suggest going to his website (http://www.monsterbloodtattoo.com) or his blog (http://monsterbloodtattoo.blogspot.com/). You may even find some of your answers posted there already.

      Since I’ve read the entire series, I can say that all your questions about Rossamund will be answered as the books progress. It’s an intriguing journey, for sure. 🙂

      I hope you’re able to get in touch with him!

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