Christian fiction can be a funny thing. It’s got people flat out in love with it for its faith themes and lack of explicit content. But then there are people who despise and reject it for its formulaic triteness.
I’m Kate and I’ve been on both sides of this argument.
I’m a wife, mother, and owner of a Master’s degree in communication from a large state school. I’ve spent time in non-profit America, corporate America, and staying at home with the kids. My life has always had one foot firmly planted in my faith, and one firmly planted in the more secular world around me.
My Reading Story:
I’ve spent practically my entire life reading different offerings from the Christian fiction genre. When I was in elementary school, somewhere between first and fourth grade, I jumped into reading with the Alex Series by Nancy Simpson Levene. I can’t remember how good they were – but I do remember how excited I was the first time I read a chapter book entirely in one day (Peach Pit Popularity, by the way).
Thus began my love of reading.
After this, I was introduced to the Adventures of the Northwoods series by Lois Walfrid Johnson. And there it was. I was still a kid, but I’d found a set of books that kept me entertained (I loved the mysteries), challenged (I loved the faith themes that the main character encountered), and encouraged (I loved the relationships she had with family and friends).
Fast forward some years and my first dive into adult fiction was Linda L. Chaikin’s Egypt Trilogy. It was my first glimpse at adult Christian fiction and I was enamored by its historical depth and lyrical prose. I was hooked.
And I’m still hooked. I have read more books than I care to count. Most have been Christian fiction. Yes, some Christian fiction is trite and full of fluff. But there are plenty of other offerings that have touched my faith in a way that I find refreshing and enriching. My life includes a search for these works.
My aim here in this corner of the web is to think more deeply about what I’m reading, without discounting that others may be seeing something different. I hope you’ll join me.
Discerning: “…test everything, hold fast to what is good.” (1 Thess. 5:21)
Lilies: “…Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Matthew 6:28-29)