The Incredible Power of Historical Fiction

This is the second in a series of videos in which I take a look back at the making of my 9-volume novel series, An American Family Portrait on the 20th Anniversary of the publishing of the first book in the series, The Puritans.


  • This narrative technique is so powerful, it changed my life. I no longer teach history, I tell hero stories.
  • Four scenarios describe the power of this technique:
    • Scenario One: Reading about a historical event from a textbook.
    • Scenario Two: Reading a first-hand account of a historical event.
    • Scenario Three: Hearing a first-hand account of a historical event.
    • Scenario Four: Living a historical event through a point of view character in a novel.
  • Each scenario brings you that much closer to the action!
  • Good historical fiction transports readers back in time allowing them to experience the past for themselves.

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“The Making of The Puritans”
Jack takes a look at the book that launched a series.

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Glimpses of Truth ebook debuts!

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Dedicated to the men and women
who loved the Bible more than their lives.

An extraordinary intellect, the love of a beautiful woman, and a remarkable mission—life holds great promise for Thomas Torr. Chosen by John Wycliffe to assist in translating the Latin Vulgate into English, the young peasant senses God calling him to an incredible, but dangerous, destiny. Thus begins a thrilling adventure, leading from the catacombs of Rome to the hinterlands of Britain. Here are characters to fall in love with, exotic settings, drama, intrigue . . . and an ending that will stir anew your desire to fulfill God’s call on your life.

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What Is Hero Fiction?

Heroic Living quote

HERO FICTION is stories of ordinary people caught up in events far greater than themselves—

  • A family swept up in the vast panorama of American history 
    (American Family Portrait series) 
  • Ordinary believers who dared to read outlawed English versions of the Bible 
    (Glimpses of Truth; Beyond the Sacred Page) 
  • A German pastor and his wife who never bowed a knee to Hitler, rescuing disabled orphans from the gas chambers 
    (Songs in the Night series) 
  • An American nurse captured by a German soldier in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge 
    (Dear Enemy) 

The goal of hero fiction is that after reading it readers will be inspired to live nobly in whatever situation they find themselves.