Now you may notice that Stephen is wearing a Jesus ball cap in this photo.That’s because he became a Christian and now works with Breakthrough Ministry in addition to starring in movies, TV shows, etc.
He and Mark Tabb co-authored Stephen’s conversion bio called, the Unusual Suspect. These two have teamed up again and written the somewhat controversial novel that I’m introducing today. Here’s a brief summary of that book:
When Officer Andy Myers met Loraine Phillips, he had no interest in her son. And he certainly never dreamed he’d respond to a call, finding that same boy in a pool of blood. Even more alarming was the father standing watch over his son’s body. Myers had never seen a man respond to death-particularly the death of a child-in such a way. When the father is charged with murder and sentenced to death, he chooses not to fight but embrace it as God’s will. Myers becomes consumed with curiosity for these strange beliefs. What follows is the story of the bond these two men share as they come to terms with the tragedy and the difficult choices each one must make.
Now why is this controversial? Because it evidently has some adult language in it. The publisher has recently come under fire for it’s decision to run this book and here is their response:
Normally, it is not the policy of FaithWords to include foul language in our fiction titles. The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips has dialogue which reflects the heart of the main character. His transformation and ultimate conversion to Christ throughout the book is key to the story and the author’s intention was to make that transformation clear. We apologize if this inclusion offends our readers. We are committed to publishing fiction that depicts the power of Christ’s love in even the darkest life and situation.
Harry Helm, Associate Publisher, FaithWords
I haven’t read the book yet, but I plan to. Why? Not because I usually read or use offensive language, but because I believe that God accepts us just as we are – warts and all. It is not our choice or even within our power to “clean ourselves up” before we come to Christ. He loves us – period.
So, what’s your opinion? Should a Christian novel steer away from offensive scenes and language or should it show Christians in the real world? Post your comments and keep it nice, please.