About the Book
The body is a place of flesh and sin and corruption. A place that can be defiled. But it is also the form that God created—a form that He is capable of using for great things if we surrender it to Him by taking our bag of bones and sacrificing it on the altar of His goodness, telling Him it is His. The body is where we are baptized in water and in Holy Spirit fire—the holy ground where physical and spiritual matter meet. The body is the place most intimate with our souls, where our spirits dwell, and—even more profound—the place where God Himself dwells if we allow Him.
It’s worth stating: your body is a temple—either a temple of the God of the universe or a temple of your own self-worship. This is where divine miracles and great acts of rebellion occur.
The writers and poets of this issue recognize the battleground of the body in different ways, both directly and indirectly. Some recognize their own bodies, or the bodies of those they love, as places of costly sacrifice and surrender to God, leading to spiritual freedoms, love, and peace. Some find the body to be a place of intense loneliness and weighted doubt as they wait for an awakening. A few writers see the body as a sick and dying tether to this world, while others view it as the site of miraculous creation. Some feel the heavy viscosity of sin coursing through their veins, anxious for release.
True worship happens in the body. I pray you keep that truth in your mind as you read, and as you live.
Heart of Flesh is a biannual, online and print literary journal that seeks quality writing and art with a Christian element. We are not a typical “Christian fiction” journal. We believe God’s truth as written in the Bible can be found in both the sacred and the secular, in nearly every work of literature and every part of the human condition. We accept work from both Christians and non-Christians from all over the world. Pure in Heart Stories is the "kid sister" of Heart of Flesh. It is a biannual literary magazine for kids (written by adults) between the ages of 6-11 years old. Pure in Heart contains Christian-themed poetry, stories, and art. A portion of all proceeds from both journals will be donated to Mission of Hope (https://www.missionofhopeministries.net/about/), a "residential Christian program focusing on men and women struggling with drug and alcohol dependency," and to Aunt Mary's Storybook (https://cjtinc.org/projects/amsb/).