Monday, June 26, 2017

#RebelliousWriting

If you are a writer, you'll love this post.
If you are a reader, you'll be ecstatic.
If you are a Christian, you'll be cheering.
If you are a friend, then I'm pretty sure you are at least one of the three above and will enjoy this. :)


No matter who you are, today I'm giving you a chance to take a stand. I'm putting before you a call to action. The background of this post goes something like this:

A few months back, I'd started thinking about all the junk in books, movies, etc. Then, a fellow blogger started the #RebelliousWriting movement. Many bloggers are joining. For writers, it's a plea to stop writing bad language, gruesome or inappropriate scenes, and to keep books clean. I'm also inviting readers to join by not supporting books with such unnecessary items, but to promote good books and warn people from the bad ones.

Who wants to sit down with the expectation of a good read and find their minds filled with unwanted things? I don't, and I'd reckon you don't either. So stand up and do your part. Whether you are an adult or teen, this applies to YOU. Don't sit back any longer and allow this.

I know that rebellion is often frowned upon, but this is one revolution that I have wholeheartedly dived into. I believe that rebellion can be used as my fundamental right for positive change in America. The United States Constitution guarantees my right to let my voice be heard.

The core of this is not against books in general; I'm personally rebelling against any and all books/movies/television/advertising/social media/news reports/cartoons/packaging/etc. that don't honor God. The Bible says in Philippians to keep your mind focused on things that are lovely, pure, praiseworthy, true, just, honorable, and of good report. That's the rebellion I'm joining. As Christians we shouldn't be allowing our minds to focus on unpleasantness. I also encourage you who have friends that engage in this sort of expression to show them another path. Let them see that they don't need this in order to enjoy themselves.

Come writers!
Come readers!
Come Christians!

Rebel with me today against entertainment and promotions that don't comply with Philippians 4:8 (above). Won't you join me?

15 comments:

  1. Welcome to the Rebellion, Bethany!

    Just to add some further good news, the #RebelliousWriting movement is releasing a website on August 9, 2017. We are also on Twitter and Pinterest with more social media coming soon.

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes! I heard about that! Looking forward to then. :) Thank you for commenting!

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  2. Virtual high five to you, Bethany! I can't tell you the number of times I have picked up a well-reviewed book, started reading it, and then put it down because it was just too graphic. I really don't know at what point that "good writing" meant "disturbing for the sake of disturbing," but it's highly disappointing. I have better luck with young adult fiction, but even in that genre, there are a few surprises. --Jessica

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    1. That is truly disappointing when you expect a good read and it turns out dirty. :( Thank goodness for good authors who don't write like that!

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  3. Nice post. Very well said. :)

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    1. Yay! Thank you for joining the rebellion, Jordy!

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  5. I would consider myself a rebolutinary. Yes you read correctly it is a movement for teens to stand up to low expectations and do more than what is expected of us to do. I would be honerd to join this revolution! *Bows* I agree full heartedly that there is a big problem with what is considered acceptable these days. I am at your disposal to help further aide in this revolution! Keep up the good fight Bethany! Keep showing those doubters what it is to be a strong Christian teen!

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    1. Thank you for your dedication to the cause and agreement! I appreciate your support! :D The world needs more people willing to take a stand for their beliefs. Keep it up!

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    2. That is so wonderful to hear, Michael!

      Rebellious Writing are always looking for clean book suggestions. I'm starting to recruit an army of "book scouts" to contribute to a possible reading list that will be on the website. If you (or anyone else for that matter) would like to help with that, please email the team (therebelliouswriting@gmail.com).

      Catherine
      catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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  6. Sounds awesome! It's so disappointing to pick up a book and have to wade through content I wasn't expecting or wanting to read. (Case in point: I recently read Maggie Stiefvater's "The Raven King" and found myself torn between fantastic storytelling and less-than-fantastic content.)

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    1. Absolutely! Disappointing is the perfect word for it, and sometimes altogether disgusting. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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