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Author Katie Mettner

Why I took a step back from the edge

I felt it important that I take a moment to let my readers know that I've pulled my books, December Kiss and Granted Redemption, from The Edge-Books imprint. Many of you may remember seeing my covers with a hand imprint on it like this.

When my cover designer sent Granted Redemption to me she had titled it "Grant-hand smacked". I chuckled about it then, but earlier this week I felt as if I had been slapped when the imprint updated their faith statement. When I joined the imprint it was to minister to those on edge, and show them God's love. While I don't write Christian romance, several of my story lines still fit the global idea behind their mission, and therefore I felt I would be reaching those I wrote the books for by being part of the imprint.
I'm a Christian and my faith statement is very simple. "God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8-9, "Do unto others as you would have done unto you," Luke 6:31, and last but not least, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son." John 3:16. Up until this week that is what I believed The Edge to feel as well, I read the new faith statement,and it drew a line in the sand about homosexuals and God's love. Maybe not in so many words, but it didn't take much to read between the lines of what they were saying.

"We believe marriage is between one man and one woman. We believe men and women are of unchangeable gender. (Ge 1:27;Rm 1:25-27)"

This concerned me on many levels. First and foremost, the idea behind the imprint was to show ALL of God's children love and acceptance. In my opinion, homosexuals are still God's children, and therefore we must not use scripture as a way to not love, and accept, homosexuals as our neighbors. Whether that was their intention or not, as they also quoted other verses about God's love, that is what their faith statement will lead people to believe about them. Everyone has a right to feel the way they do, and that is why I respectfully pulled my books from the imprint. As the mother of a teen who relates with the LGBT community I see each and every day how homosexuals are no different than you and me. We all eat, sleep, laugh, love and feel pain. 

My new release, After Summer Ends, is about two women who fall in love, and face many of the issues that other LGBT couples face, including the issue of faith in God's love. 

After reading their new faith statement I closed out the Internet and I immediately saw the cover for After Summer Ends, as it's my laptop wallpaper. My uncertainty about what to do dissipated because in the silhouette of the girl on the swing I saw my daughters face, and I knew without a doubt that I didn't need the imprint to continue to live by the most important faith statement of all. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only son, so ALL who believe in Him will have life everlasting." HIS love always wins.

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