April CSFF Blog Tour Day 3: Lost Mission, by Athol Dickson

Day 3! Time to complete my own Lost Mission with highlights from some of the other stops on the CSFF Blog Tour.


We Has Met the Heathen, and They Is Us: Lupe’s mission to America caught the attention of several bloggers, including Amanda Barr and John W. Otte (“Least-Read Blog on the Web?” Not if I can help it!). The idea that Christians from other countries would feel the need to evangelize us is disconcerting, but not entirely surprising, if you think about it. My churches in Alabama and Kansas have both hosted mission teams from the Caribbean islands over the summer months. Their vision should be a call to action for us.

I Fought the Law, and the Law Won: Several characters in Lost Mission find themselves caught on the horns of an ethical dilemma–Is it permissible for a Christian to break the law in pursuit of a noble cause? Scripture directs us to live in submission to civil authority, but we’re also ordered to evangelize the lost, feed and clothe the poor, and oppose evil and injustice. Kristine Kercher zeroes in on the shortcomings of U.S. immigration law, while observing the negative and synergistic effect of violating even those laws that are poorly constructed. Rebecca Miller stresses the need for discernment and prayer, noting that there is usually more than one way to pursue a higher goal, and that there are usually legal ways to circumvent a legal impediment, if we look hard enough for them.

The Textual Stylings of Athol Dickson: Many folks commented on the “old-fashioned” style of Mr. Dickson’s writing, and most of them liked it, or began to appreciate it as they kept reading. Donita K. Paul liked the way he kept the story paramount and created characters and situations that lingered in her mind. Chawna Schroeder noticed that “Lost Mission” doesn’t just refer to Mision de Santa Delores, but also points to the main characters’ various failed projects. Some found the book to be a difficult read, its leisurely pace slowed further by the many Spanish words and names. Of course, we’ve been reviewing a lot of young-adult books lately, and I certainly felt some difficulty shifting gears. Finally, Steve Trower came up with an interesting metaphor for placing the story on the “spectrum” of spec-fic writing, one I will probably borrow somewhere down the road.

First-Person Narrative: Phyllis Wheeler posts a nice interview with Athol Dickson, shedding a little more light on the author and his story, in his own words. Mr. Dickson also has a very attractive and easy-to-navigate website with links to his other award-winning books and his personal blog. There’s also a companion study guide for his book, The Gospel According to Moses,  based on his experiences studying the Bible with a Jewish congregation. I did find this book in my local Christian bookstore and plan to read it soon.

That concludes my piece of the April CSFF Blog Tour. Tune in again…hey, waitaminnit…the next Tour starts April 26! We’ve got two tours this month! We’ll be looking at Jeffrey Overstreet’s Raven’s Ladder, the third installment in his Aurelia Thread series. And I’m already behind.

Sigh. See ya.

For more CSFF Blog Tour goodness, check out these sites:

Brandon Barr
Keanan Brand
Amy Browning
Valerie Comer
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
KM Wilsher

Purchase Lost Mission
Athol Dickson’s Website
Athol Dickson’s blog


2 thoughts on “April CSFF Blog Tour Day 3: Lost Mission, by Athol Dickson

    1. I have a blast doing these. Day 3 is always so much fun because I start seeing all these threads running through the discussion, most of which I hadn’t recognized in my own reading. It’s very illuminating.

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