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.