Hello my reader friends. Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is “Why I Love…..”. It dawned on me as I was thinking of topics, that in the five years I have had this blog, I don’t recall doing a post where I talk about why I love Christian Fiction so much. I mean, better late than never, right!?
Here are ten reasons I love Christian Fiction, in no particular order.
1. I can share them with my daughter
Something that is very important to me when reading a book is that it remains clean. It contains no foul language (I can tolerate a word here or there), and there is no “open door” sexual content. Two reasons for this. One, I don’t want to fill my own mind with it. Two, I love sharing books with my daughter and don’t want her mind filled with it. And these Christian authors are so awesome. They can still make me blush and reach for my fan, without going into detail and keeping it g-rated. I just don’t see the need for all the other stuff!
2. It’s thought provoking
I thoroughly enjoy reading stories that make me think. Think about life, God, my walk with God, and how I treat others, among other things. Christian fiction makes me think. Not all the time, and that’s fine because sometimes I do just want a fluffy story. But when a fiction story grabs a hold of me, and forces me to ponder a topic, which leads to making some sort of change in my own life for the good, well that is such a blessing.
3. It’s a way to share Christ with others
Sometimes witnessing to others can be difficult. The thing I LOVE about Christian Fiction is that it is a way for me to share the Lord with others. Talking about books is something that comes very easily to me. And while I realize that talking about Jesus should come just as easily, sometimes I just struggle to know what to say. I’ve shared several books with people I know who are lost. Seeds have been planted. Questions have been asked, and I’ve answered them to the best of my ability. My hope is by continuing to share these stories where the gospel is so evident, it will melt their hearts and have a greater impact then I ever could.
4. The heroes
I’ve been a reader my whole life. I actually didn’t start reading Christian Fiction until I was in my 20’s, so I have also read a lot of general market fiction. I still do today, although I am VERY picky about what I read. I have to be completely honest – I adore the heroes in Christian Fiction novels ALOT more than general market. (The only exception to this is Nicholas Sparks.) These authors just have it down to a science (I’m thinking Susan May Warren here, plus others) in how these swoony guys should be written. They are real, they have issues, they are romantic, they make mistakes, and they just simply make my heart melt.
5. They are unique and creative
I know I said before I love Christian Fiction because I can share the gospel with others, so this is (sort of) repetitive. But I think of a YA series I recently read. Hint – the final book The Story Hunter comes out today. Now, to an average joe, this book is just a fun, whimsical tale. But to me? Well it’s an unique way to showcase the Light. The Light of Jesus that is. I love seeing the different ways that authors can “talk” about Jesus in their books in such creative ways. I mean, how do they do it? It’s so fun for me to try to connect the dots as I’m reading. Half the time I probably just make stuff up lol. But for real. I see Jesus in The Story Peddler. I see Jesus in other stories too, without them evening saying His name. If that’s not creative, I don’t know what is.
6. They provide hope
In this, I don’t mean the happily ever afters that make me think I can find my prince and live romantically always. I find hope in difficult situations. I find hope that although I’ll make mistakes, I’ll be able to pick myself up again and move forward. I find hope that there are people in this world still getting saved! I find hope in that even during times of darkness, the light is still shining. Who doesn’t want to read something that makes them hopeful?
7. The characters are real
In so many of the Christian Fiction books I have read over the years, I have easily been able to connect with the characters. Why? Because they are realistic. They have real life problems, they make mistakes, and they sometimes choose the wrong paths. I absolutely hate reading a book with “perfect” characters. It’s so fake. And yes, there are Christian Fiction books like that, where the characters always do what’s right, and they are the perfect Christian. But I don’t see very many of them, and I think that’s a misconception of Christian Fiction. I’m so very thankful that these authors continue to write about topics that some may consider taboo. They write characters that are flawed. They write plot lines that reflect the real world, both today and historically. Why is this so important? Perhaps for our own growth. Perhaps so it doesn’t set unrealistic standards to ourselves or to young readers. Or perhaps it’s to give us hope (there’s that word again) that we don’t have to be perfect. We can simply dust ourselves off and try to do better the next time.
8. Christian Fiction Authors are the BEST!
Christian Fiction authors are some of the most down to earth people I have ever met. They are responsive if I have a question. They talk with me if I message them about their book. They don’t mind visiting the blog. And they are lovely to chat with in person! Why wouldn’t I want to support theses lovely people by reading their books, and then reviewing them!?
9. The writing is phenomenal
I have to keep this short and sweet, otherwise we’ll be talking until next week’s Top Tuesday post. The writing I have seen in Christian Fiction is, in my opinion, superior to any I’ve ever read. And I’m sure I’m partial, but seriously. Even debut novels are knocking my socks off. I cannot keep up with new releases because they are all by talented authors that I have grown to love, and there are only so many hours in a reading day. I really don’t know how future authors are going to compare, because these guys have set a super high bar!
10. I can travel the world, as well as time
Okay, this could probably be said of general market too, but I just love where authors take me in their books. It could be Paris, Australia, the historic wilderness, or historic England. There are so many amazing novels that take place outside of the US, and/or in time periods from the past. There are even places outside of this world! I don’t get to travel right now for a variety of reasons, so this is a way for me to do that. And while I wish I lived in a different time period, that’s impossible, and so every now and then I just escape to it through a book.
So there’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Although I could name a million more reasons. Christian Fiction is just amazing, as are the authors that write it. I’m so glad my husband bought me my first Christian Fiction book years ago. I can honestly say I’ve never looked back with regret. Well, except for regretting that I haven’t had the time to read more books!!
What about you? Why do you read Christian Fiction? Share in the comments!