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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday: First Christian Fiction Book You Remember Reading

From the blog of My Friend Amy :

Ok, here's today's question: We all come to faith in Jesus at different times in our lives and we all come to Christian fiction at different times, too! What's the first book in the Christian fiction genre you can remember reading? What was your impression of it? Did it make you want to read more or less?

My Answer: I was raised on Christian books and music, so I don't have one solid memory, but I do have very fond memories of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and The Pilgrim's Progress. Through the years, I find I always enjoy reading Christian fiction, but I tend to go through times when I like a certain author or genre more than others. Right now seems to be the acception - I am really enjoying stretching my comfort and reading all genres - I am learning SO much in all areas of my life and it is wonderful. One thing I especially love about reading Christian fiction is the way I feel - peaceful and content.

My mom and I used to make baklava every year during the holidays, and I remember thinking they were the same as the sweets the queen offered the children. I also remember the story coming alive for me - as a child, I think it was harder to keep fact and fiction separate, so I had a great imagination!!

I don't remember much about the Pilgrim's Progress (I should probably read it again!), but I do remember that the story had a very strong affect on me at the time, and I did enjoy reading it.

Our family also read a lot of Janette Oke, mostly her Canadian West series.

Care to answer the question yourself? I welcome you to post your thoughts here, add them to your own blog and head back to Amy's post and add a comment with a link to yours. :)


kalea_kane said...

Great answers, Wendi! How nice how you related what you read to your life. :) I read Pilgrim's Progress in High School, and I am thinking I need to get back to it one of these days too.

God bless you!


Sunny said...

I love it when a story comes alive! That's great you had such a wonderful imagination. And that you were introduced to Christian fiction at a young age!

SmilingSally said...

How wonderful for you that you were raised in a Christian home. I read Pilgrim's Progress but it didn't appeal to me. I don't much care for metaphoric fiction. I'm pretty dense; you got to hit me square in the face. lol

Nise' said...

I did not read Chronicles of Narnia until I read them with my kids. I should read Pilgrim's Progress again as I can't remember much of it either.

Anonymous said...

I read Pilgrim's Progress also, but a far more revolutionary book (to me) I read (and posted about on my blog as part of today's subject) was The Way of a Pilgrim.

Enjoyed your post and the bit of your history, Wendi!

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Andi said...

Oh man! Do I feel really stupid now Wendi! I read the entire Chronicles of Narnia when I was 9. Oh! Well! They are awesome! I too re-read them to my children when we homeschooled!

Wyn said...

Hi, here's another Wyndy that "always" read Christian books although mine were from the 50's! Love your site.

Amy said...

What a beautiful post, Wendi!

Mimi N said...

Awesome answers! I won't be able to do this until tomorrow! Grrrr Anyhow, M.C. Pearson tagged me and I've chosen you as one of my 7. There's a twist to this so if you want to participate, head to my blog and check out the "rules":

Mimi B

Ausjenny said...

Wendi, I read the Narnia books too and I tried so hard to go through my wardrobe to Narnia. I read them many times and loved them. I had a good imagination also.
And we both relate to the Canadian West Series. I will always love that series cos it got me back into reading. And I still want to find me a mountie!

Pam said...

I read the Narnia series as a child and loved them also. A couple of years ago, I re-read Pilgrim's Progress with my daughter. It is neat to be able to go back and read these classics.

Donna said...

I didn't even think about the Narnia series. I have never read Pilgrims Progress. I guess I need to increase my education a bit!

Danica Favorite said...

Wendi, how funny!!! I forgot about CS Lewis and the Narnia books. I read them as a child and never knew he was a Christian until I was an adult.

Kim said...

Pilgrim's Progress gets better with age! I re-read it not long ago, and was amazed!!


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