bethany dillon and stuff

EDIT #2: Ooooh, Shannah just wrote a very interesting blog about “why I don’t like Christian fiction (for the most part).” The debate over Christian fiction is part of what I meant to sort through before I started rambling about it. I will make just one point and elaborate later.

I think the Christian fiction Shannah (and Kimberly, Beth Elaine, others?) are referring to is mostly Christian romance, correct? The thing is, though, there are countless genres of Christian fiction. And frankly, I think some of them are very well-written, very realistic. Some even border-line brilliant. 🙂 Angela Hunt and Randy Alcorn are two that come to mind. Sadly, I think we’re missing out on some good stuff, because we make the incorrect assumption that all Christian fiction = Beverly Lewis and Karen Kingsbury. Not true. At all. To say, “I don’t like Christian fiction” when you mean “I don’t like the cheesy romance novels that everybody else thinks are so great” isn’t being fair.

Read Safely Home by Randy Alcorn and Uncharted (Unspoken, The Canopy) by Angela Hunt. Then tell me you don’t like Christian fiction. Good-bye.

Well, I have a lot to say, but I have some obligations to fulfill (makes me want to watch Sound of Music) today and tomorrow, and I need to get busting. And some of what I’m itching to say needs to be reworded in my head before I write it, or it just might offend some people. 🙂

Soo… Jess posted some good, swirly (I know I overuse this word, but I can’t find another one that works. and my mind is just one HUGE swirl lately) thoughts on her blog today. We’re thinking many of the same things, so just pretend I wrote some of them. 🙂

EDIT: I’m off to take a nap. Nina fell asleep immediately today in her big dirl bed. Hallelujah! Just had to laugh, because both of my Jesses commented on this post. And I was actually talking about faithchick above, but jessyomama also had swirly thoughts about full vs. busy on her blog today. Check them both out if you feel like being more conflicted than you already are.

If you’re a Bethany Dillon fan, check out her wedding pics. She’s stunning. Absolutely stunning.

And that’s all.

16 thoughts on “bethany dillon and stuff

  1. Nixter77

    I haven’t heard of her before – but I just listening to one of her songs – beautiful. Might have to buy an album now.

    Sorry I am a bit late posting on this one! DOH!

  2. rebates

    Very interesting.  My two cents…I will agree that many Christian romance novels create a sense of dissatisfaction with our current romantic situation (if I’m single, I want to be with someone, if I’m married, I wish my husband was different) and longing for something unrealistic.  This is the kind of fiction I read predominantly through my teen years.  These days, I will still pick up the occasional romance book by one or two of my favorite authors, but they certainly do not hold my interest the way they used to.  My current favorite Christian author is Ted Dekker.  He is actually the auther of “Black,” “Red,” and “White” plus several other fantastic books.  I also really like Craig Parshall, James Scott Bell and Robert Whitlow who write more along the lines of legal thrillers.  I love Peretti’s style of writing, but I have a hard time dealing with discussion on spiritual warfare because it truly frightens me. 

    I will say that I finally feel like I am a “grown-up” because I can actually get my way through non-fiction books, which I have never been able to do before!

  3. Hoffmom

    I generally feel as Shannah does.  However, I can think of some noteworthy exceptions.  Anything by C.S. Lewis for instance.  And, there are a handful of authors who really taught me something through their fiction even if it wasn’t a sterling example of fine literature.  For example, Frank Peretti’s early books on spiritual warfare forever changed how I view the reality of the spiritual realm.   Bodie Thoene’s early books on WWII had alot of historical content to them about a period of history I was interested in.  Even the Left Behind series (while super-shallow literature) are still useful in laying out end times events to the layperson.

    I think the best fiction authors are theologians as well…they speak, preach and write wonderful non-fiction books…and then write meaningful stories out of that framework.  Like Lewis and Peretti, like Max Lucado’s stories for kids, and like perhaps Alcorn?  [Haven’t read his fiction, but I’ll try it!]

    I tend to be very susceptible to escapism.  I get so engrossed in ANY fiction that I can’t put it down.  Hate what I become when I’m driven to finish a book at the expense of my sleep, my kids, my house.  Don’t like what it does to me….and for what?  Still….there’s not much difference in escaping to a book, TV, a movie, shopping or a controversial blog entry!  😉  And that’s what would keep me from making a soapbox out of it.  Because I know I’d have to take the plank out of my own eye before working on someone else’s speck if you know what I mean.

  4. ergirl053

    I appreciate that you are being sensitive in an effort to not offend 🙂 I am sure that you will come up with an extremely eloquent way of saying what’s swirling about in your mind, Word Girl! And you are right about Jess- it’s like she’s been walking around in my head or something and saved me from finding the words to say it. Praying for you!
    P.S. K has been saying “Nina” when looking at our pics too- only it comes out the way you pronounce the other Nina’s name 😛

  5. faithchick

    ooooooooooh.  i when you write almost-offensive blogs.

    i love bethany dillons first hit-i can’t remember it-but it was about being beautiful.  no one ever plays it anymore.

    i don’t think the word swirly could ever be overused.  i’m glad you introduced me to that specific us of the word.

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