November's CSFF BLOG TOUR Day 2

Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum
3rd in the Landon Snow series
by author R.K. Mortenson

Publicized as a non-sorcerous alternative to the Harry Potter series, the Landon Snow novels use Biblical passages as the vehicle through which the Auctor — God — provides Landon with hints about his next adventure, and it is hope and faith, rather than magic, that the characters rely on for their success. While the Landon Snow novels don't offer the complexity and depth of Potter's world of wizards and Muggles, they are prosocial fantasy adventures that emphasize faith and family and avoid the moral shades of gray that have disturbed some Christians about the Potter novels.

About the Author:

R.K. (RANDALL KENT) MORTENSON, an ordained minister in the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, has been writing devotional and inspirational articles since 1995. R.K. is the author of the Landon Snow series. The adventures of Landon Snow are meaningful as they are entertaining and magical. Mortenson currently serves as a Navy chaplain in Florida. He lives with his wife and daughter in Jacksonville.

Or, as Mr. Mortenson introduces himself on the Landon Snow website:
I'm R. K. Mortenson (the R and K may stand for "Really Kind," "Radically Kool," or "Remarkably Knowledgeable." They also happen to be my initials-Randall Kent. Though I go by Randy.)

On his site Mortenson addresses an issue often debated and discussed by Christian writers: Can Christian authors write fantasy fiction that is Scripturally sound?

As I was writing Landon Snow I kept wondering, "Is it okay to do this? Can I use the Bible in the story and include fantasy?" My fears, I realized, were over what other people would think. When I looked to God and asked the same questions, the questions fairly evaporated. I felt reassured by a sense of God telling me: I gave you my Word; I gave you a vivid imagination; I gave you the talent to write. Use them.

Read some additional comments R.K. Mortenson makes on the website about writing--I think you'll find them interesting.

The Landon Snow series is available at:

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Becky said...

Hope you don't mind if I add this link to Amazon as it is the one Technorati counts .


cyn said...

Thanks Becky -- I must have messed up with formatting the html, because I did originally use that particular link! (I see that the link now goes only to amazon.com and not the specific page :(

You're a gem!

Daniel I Weaver said...

Great info here, Cyn. Plucking info off the web...brilliant. LOL. Go Landon Snow.

God bless,
Daniel I Weaver