Masterplots II: Christian Literature

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4 Volumes
2,100 Pages
502 essays
Bibliography
Genre Index
Title Index
Author Index
Core Issues Index
Geographical Index
Electronic Resources
Chronological List of Titles

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ISBN: 978-1-58765-379-7
# of Pages: 2126
# of Volumes: 4
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Masterplots II: Christian Literature
Covers over 500 classic and contemporary works of Christian fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama, providing a plot summary, analysis of Christian themes, and an annotated bibliography for each title.

Masterplots II: Christian Literature captures the breadth of Christian literature - both fiction and nonfiction - by selecting more than 500 of the greatest and most representative works identified with the genre. At the core of this work are the fiction and nonfiction "classics" to which most students and general readers - Christian or secular - will be exposed at some time in their lives, from Saint Augustine's Confessions to John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress to C. S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters. Many titles represent the "boom" in Christian literature of the past three decades, from the Left Behind series to The Da Vinci Code.

Scope & Coverage
While several of the titles were not written exclusively for a Christian audience, all works covered in these volumes have been taught or analyzed from a Christian perspective. The bulk of the titles in our list, however, overtly emphasize the Christian experience. In many cases, these works were written expressly for the purpose of addressing Christian concerns or simply providing a good "Christian read." The scope is broad not only generically but also temporally and geographically, with works by authors as diverse as Gustavo Gutierrez, Immaculee Ilibagiza, J. N. Mugambi, and Fumitaka Matsuoka and dates of publication ranging from Christian times to the 21st century. Titles in all the major genres are included: drama, from Everyman to Jesus Christ Superstar; poetry, from "The Dream of the Rood" to Mark Jarman's Questions for Ecclesiastes; and the best of Christian genre fiction, including romance, mystery, and science fiction, as well as literary fiction. We have contemporary and often controversial blockbusters such as C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narniaand Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life. Their best-seller status testifies to the growing revival of interest in the genre of Christian literature.

Core Issues

Abortion
Abortion
Acceptance
Africa
African Americans
Agape
Alienation from God
Amish people
Apocalypse
Arminianism
Asceticism
Asians or Asian Americans
Atheism
Atonement
Attachment and detachment
Awakening
Baptism
The Beatitudes
Beauty
The Bible
Bishops
Calvinism
Capitalism
Catholics and Catholicism
Cause universal
Celebration
Charity
Chastity
Children
Christmas
Church
Clerical life
Coming of age or teen life
Communion
Communism
Compassion
Confession
Connectedness
Conscience
Constancy
Contemplation
Conversion
Courage
Creation
The cross
Daily living
Death
The Deity
Despair
Devotional life
Discipleship
Discipline
The divine
Doubt
The Eternal Now
Ethics
Eucharist
Evangelization
Expectancy
Faith
The Fall
Fasting
Fear
Forgiveness
Freedom and free will
Friendship
Gnosticism
God
Good vs. evil
Gospels
Grace
Guidance
Guilt
Healing
Heart
Holiness
Holy Spirit
Homosexuality
Hope
Humility
Illumination
Imperialism
Incarnation
Innocence
Jesus Christ
Judaism
Justice
Knowledge
Latin Americans
Life
Listening
Loneliness
Love
Lutherans and Lutheranism
Marriage
Martyrdom
Memory
Mennonites
Methodists and Methodism
Monasticism
Morality
Mormons and Mormonism
Mysticism
Myths
Native Americans
Nature
Nonviolent resistance
Obedience and disobedience
Pastoral role
Peace
Perfection
Persecution
Pilgrimage
Poverty
Prayer
Preaching
Predestination
Priesthood
Problem of evil
Protestants and Protestanism
Psychology
Purgation
Puritans and Puritanism
Purity
Quakers
Racism
Reason
Recollection
Reconciliation
Redemption
Regeneration
Religion
Repentance
Resignation
Responsibility
Revelation
The Sacraments
Sacrifice
Sainthood
Salvation
Sanctification
Scriptures
Self-abandonment
Self-control
Self-knowledge
Selfishness
Service
Silence
Simplicity
Sin and sinners
Social action
Solitude
Soul
Spiritual warfare
Stoicism
Submission
Suffering
Theology
Time
The Trinity
Trust in God
Truth
Union with God
Virginity
Virtue
Wisdom
Women
The Word
Works and deeds


Organization & Format
The set is arranged alphabetically by title, and each essay (averaging approximately 1,600 words, or 3-5 pages) is divided into sections in a predictable format that allows easy access to text discussions:

Title: Title of the work (when originally not in English, the title best known in English publication).

Author: Name by which the author is best known, followed in parentheses by years of birth and death.

First Published: Year in which the original work first appeared, plus any original foreign-language title.

Edition Used: For classic works and translations.

Genre: Drama, nonfiction, novel, novella, poetry, or short fiction.

Subgenres: Each title's subgenre or subgenres are listed, from Adventure and Allegory to Theology and Thriller.

Core Issues: Lists key subjects of particular importance in the Christian experience.

Abstract: This key paragraph highlights the work's content and Christian significance in a capsule summary.

Principal Characters: Lists the major characters.

Overview: Detailed summary of and commentary on the work's content (the meat of the essay).

Christian Themes: Examines critically the issues of the work in the Christian context.

Sources for Further Study: Offers a listing of readily available secondary reference material on the work and its author.

Bibliographical Notes: For each source.

Contributor Byline: The scholar or expert who wrote the entry.