In Through the Backdoor: Fiction’s Power to Open a Closed Heart (Guest Post by Christopher J. Weeks)

“My heart is stirred by a noble themeas I recite my verse for the king;my tongue is a pen of the skillful writer." (Psalm 45:1) “Human beings are communal and seek to communicate persuasively with one another. Rhetoric is about persuasion...and that old Roman teacher Quintilian defines the rhetor as, “The good man speaking well.” (Jerry Root)   I am the son of a salesman, a traveling salesman, a tremendously successful traveling salesman. And the motto that my father lived by was, “It is better to be a ‘closer’ than an order taker.” This means he would rather persuade a person to buy his product through a great sales pitch and masterful closing technique than have someone buy from him simply because they liked the product. For him, persuasion was the goal, and getting a signature on a contract made his day. The satisfaction of the customer was secondary. Important, but secondary. He would often teach me his techniques around the dinner table: “Chris, if you can get a customer to say ‘no’ you are one step closer to a sale. Because when they say ‘no’ they are actually saying they are ready to negotiate new terms.” Or this little nugget:…

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An Open Letter About Purpose

Pardon me while I ruminate a bit on past and current events. It's been a long trek from when the online community known as The Crossover Alliance (birthed in San Francisco, California over four years ago) was upgraded to a small press. It seems like just yesterday, and yet it also seems like a lifetime ago. It was a little over two years ago that my wife decided to leave me. It, too, feels like just yesterday, and yet a million years ago. Two events. One celebratory, and one incredibly devastating. You're probably wondering what the two have to do with each other. When my wife left me, I didn't know how to react. We had twelve years of marriage, a child, and a long, perilous, and fantastic journey of walking together with the Lord. And then it all came crashing down in an instant. Literally, in an instant. I would have had more warning if a semi truck had T-boned me while I was sitting in a fast food drive-thru. That devastation left me crippled in more ways than I would ever care to admit. And through that crippling, I pushed The Crossover Alliance to the side. I had…

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Release Day – Airfoil: Origins by Steve Rzasa!

Airfoil: Origins by Steve Rzasa hits digital shelves today! The latest novel by Steve will pull you into the hustle and bustle of Drake City as Brandon Tusk, a dedicated librarian and struggling father, discovers a mysterious medallion endowing him with the power to manipulate gravity. As good and evil clash, Brandon must choose between becoming a weapon, or becoming a hero.  Grab Airfoil for your favorite digital reader and plan to spend the next few days engrossed in this latest tale by acclaimed author Steve Rzasa! Get it now on Amazon Get it now on Barnes & Noble

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Life: The Crossover Alliance Anthology V5

Life. Breathed into each of us by God, this precious gift has often been neglected, overlooked, and even sought out to be destroyed. Through every struggle though, there are stories of victory over death, where life is preserved, saved, protected in even the darkest and direst of times. In our current cultural climate, life isn’t always cherished as it should be, and the innocent are often the ones who pay for such evil. Pro-Choice and Pro-Life have been at odds with each other for decades as one seeks to preserve, while the other enables the taking of the innocent. We want your stories highlighting the gift that is life for our 5th annual short story anthology! Head to our submissions page and follow the guidelines to get your story to us. Submissions are open from Wednesday, September 25th to Sunday, December 1st!

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Sexual Content in Christian Fiction

Of all the different types of content that has been ‘banned’ from being included in Christian fiction, I think the most controversial is sexual content. I think the main reason for this is that many worry putting sexual content in Christian fiction will endanger readers of Christian fiction by eliciting sexual thoughts/tendencies. As much as I understand where many people are coming from with this very legitimate attitude, I think if sexual content is placed in Christian fiction in a responsible manner, it can add to the story and reveal deeper truths about sin and possibly lead to redemption. In reality, how many of us struggle with sex, either in regards to behavior or thoughts? Sex is a natural, God-given gift, and it is one that is constantly abused and misunderstood by both Christians and non-Christians alike. I’m sure that all of us have someone in our circle of influence who is struggling with their own sexual vices. Whether we know of these struggles is a different story, but I guarantee you that sexual sin and the consequences of it reach more people than many of us know. Lately, I’ve noticed society becoming a more upfront (than usual) about sexuality. Sexual…

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We’re Back and Celebrating Three Years!

As you can tell by the title of this post, we're back. Well, we didn't really go anywhere, rather, I went somewhere. Although I don't usually wax poetic here on TCA's blog, I figured it would only be right to become a bit transparent about what's been going on in my own life over the last year as it pertains to The Crossover Alliance. It was late September of last year when my wife walked out of our apartment and a lengthy road to (involuntary) divorce began. The circumstances and reasons surrounding this event aren't all that important to the purpose of this blog post. What is important is that the divorce put me in some pretty deep mud, spiritually speaking. Instead of focusing on the company, I found that I had to focus all of my energy on saving my marriage (in the beginning), and pulling myself back together (after the divorce). During that process, I slipped out of my daily duties with social networking, our blogs and newsletter, and even some of our projects. I did very personal post on the event on my website, which you can read here. It's taken me until these last couple months to really come…

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August Update: Volunteer Opportunities, Realm Makers, and New Books!

Welcome to our new website, fellow Crossover fans. We switched website platforms just a little while ago, and we’ve been hard at work on refining the new site, building out some awesome projects, and pouring through a glorious amount of fantastic submissions that have come our way. We have a lot of exciting news to share with all of you, so let’s go over the high points! Website Our website has received a fresh coat of paint, and we’re still building onto its foundation as we move through the next few months. Today, we added on a new forum for everyone to chat in. We will also be incorporating all of our old blog posts soon, so we can start discussions again regarding real-world content in Christian fiction. We’re still building out the mobile version, and we have plans to include a mobile app in the near future. Volunteer Positions Are you looking to get your feet wet in the publishing industry? We just opened our doors to some job opportunities, including Acquisitions Editor and Book Editor. The positions are on a volunteer basis, but will give you real-world experience working for a small press, along with some other perks. Head to thecrossoveralliance.com/join-us to check out…

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