Bestselling Frank Peretti’s “Illusion” is a love note to his wife of 40 years

"If I can awaken people’s admiration for the joy and sanctity of marriage, then I have accomplished my purpose,” says the author of "This Present Darkness"

BY: Rob Kerby


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going out on a limb with this book because I am talking about love and marriage and reflecting on the beauty of marital life as a husband would.

“This book is very romantic. These characters are married. I had fun writing that within biblical parameters.”

However, there are risks, he admits.

“When you are writing for the Christian culture, there is a whole gamut of expectations. You have folks who are very sensitive about any mention of sex. They are very sensitive about language. And of course, depending on their denominational background, they may be looking for other things – such as an altar call in the middle of the book. There are a lot of folks who expect that to be in there.

Peretti enjoys writing for kids

“This book is not blatantly evangelical. When I first started out writing the Darkness books, there was, at least in my mind, a certain sort of rulebook we had to follow. However, Christian fiction has really progressed over all those years. There are folks exploring all kinds of things and really being a lot more honest about life.”

Not all of that has been good, he admits. “The last book I wrote with Ted Dekker was so violent, I kind of exceeded my saturation point. I couldn’t do that again. I said to myself, I can’t write any more books

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