I (and some others) observed that the Safe Lands series was rather light on Christian content. But in the comments for my review of Rebels, Jill Williamson (love!) wrote:
This was a Blink book, which is an imprint Zonderkidz began for the general market. So it technically wasn't a Christian book, though I don't know how well Zonderkidz is doing letting readers know that. But that is why the Christian content is so low in this series.That was all news to me! I would argue that Blink's "About" page does very little to explain the books are for the general market, either.
While their books aren't called Christian, "positive reflection," "inspiring," "enrich," "uplift," and even "life well-lived" read to me as Christian buzzwords, and certainly don't sound like a secular publisher to me. Even if I didn't know they were linked to Zondervan, I would have guessed that there was some sort of Christian (or maybe LDS) background.
MissionBlink brings true stories and fiction to YA readers. The literature published by Blink is a positive reflection of what is inspiring and heartening while maintaining a tradition of imaginative and exciting storytelling that will bring readers to the edge of their seats, immerse them in a heartrending love story, or engross them in a story of a life well-lived. Readers will see themselves in all facets of Blink’s literature and will find new levels of entertainment that enrich and uplift.
Company OverviewBlink is the brand new home of some of the most engrossing teen publishing anywhere.
We publish some of the best writers we know, including Heather Burch, Jonathan Friesen, Lisa T. Bergren, Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon.
(Also, they are missing at least one important writer in their list, who wrote an excellent dystopian series that was recently spotlighted in a certain blog tour...)
I strongly agree that Christian writers can and sometimes should write secular fiction...many people would never dare pick up a "Christian" book, but if done right, a secular book can open a door. I imagine that for some readers, The Safe Lands series may serve as a good Christian witness, even with its subtle presentation on that front. And certainly, if any Christian author can do what Blink's official "mission" promises, I think they're doing well indeed.
The Safe Lands series was indeed a positive reflection, heartening, imaginative and exciting, enriching, and made me (not the target audience) think about my own life too. So I think Williamson was an excellent fit for the imprint, indeed. I'm so glad she was able to bless us with her series.
Here are the other participants in the blog tour!
Thomas Fletcher Booher
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Rebecca LuElla Miller
*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book