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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday Christian Fiction Carnival

This week, I'm joining a bunch of other bloggers in the first post of the Saturday Christian Fiction Carnival, hosted by Amy over at My Friend Amy's Blog!!

Okay! Here's this week's question:Why do you read and review Christian fiction? Do you exclusively read Christian fiction or do you also read general market books?

:) Answer: I read and review Christian fiction (and non-fiction) for many reasons. First - I am Christian, and like to support Christian authors. Second - I generally like the uplifting feeling I get when I read Christian fiction. Usually, the books have a deeper message/meaning, and they re-affirm my faith and values/morals, which I appreciate. Also, there are times when I want to read a "safe" book, or one that is not full of cursing and graphic sex. I find I can share these books with my Mom more than others I pick up.

No - I do not exclusively read Christian fiction. I read just about every genre out there! In fact, I've just read Kushiel's Mercy, which is a book that has a very different religion in it (fantasy book), and some very fetishy sex scenes. Lets see . . . on my TBR pile now there are some non-fiction, historical fiction, romance, young adult, chick lit, etc. I simply find different kinds of enjoyement from each type of book. I do tend to shy away from depressing books, but occasionally one sneaks into my shelf.

Now I'm off to see what everyone else wrote!!

**Update** I should probably mention that I am an only child, and was exposed to Christian fiction at an early age. My parents used to read with me before bed - we took turns reading chapters. Often, the books were Christian, Janette Oke, C.S. Lewis, Madeline L'Engle, etc. Now that I have a son, I've started thinking about that more, and the types of books I want to expose him to :)

:) Have a great weekend ~ Wendi


kalea_kane said...

I agree. I can hand over just about any Christian book I have to anyone and not worry about offending them. I also find it a great way to witness to others as well. :) I also like a variety of genres. Enjoyed your answers and the chance to view your blog!


Sunny said...

I agree, it's always nice to know that Christian fiction is a "safe" read that we dont have to worry about.

And yes! I've been thinking about what my kids read now too...now that my oldest reads more than I do!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Stormi said...

Christian fiction is great and it gives me and my morman friend something to chat about with out getting into a biblical fight. :)

Andi said...

Hey Wendi,
Thanks for your comment! I have to agree with you there, being able to pass on a book without worry of whats in it is wonderful. However, I also review secular books on my blog so that those who are interested know what I as a Christian think. I find it interesting that they are interested in that.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Lindsey said...

That's another reason why I love to read Christian fiction... they're safe. lol There has been some awesome Christian fiction published lately, too. :-)

I'm glad I discovered your site! I subscribed to it via Google reader. :-)

M. C. Pearson said...

Cool answers. I like to read to my boys too. It really bonds us together. ;-)

Mimi N said...

Well, I have to agree with you about the "safety" of Christian writing. If you check out my answers to this question, you'll see how much I agree...YIKES! I think as a parent, it's imperitive for us to think about the kinds of books our children will be exposed to. On top of that, how will we feel explaing the books we, ourselves, are reading if they ask. EEEK :)

Blessings in Christ,
Mimi B


Nise' said...

I agree, I love not only am I reading a great story, my faith is being afffirmed and uplifted.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I love reading aloud to/with my children! Even the older two (10 and 12 now) will sit a while :)

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