Amy over at My Friend Amy is hosting a Saturday Christian Fiction Carnival!

Today’s question is:

Why do you read and review Christian fiction? Do you exclusively read Christian fiction or do you also read general market books?

My Answer:

I’ve been reading mainly Christian fiction since I was a teen. I read it because I enjoy it, and because, as a Christian, it’s nice to have a genre in which I can (most of the time) relate more deeply to the characters. I don’t always prefer Christian fiction, however. I get in moods and sometimes Christian fiction (especially romance) can be too predictable, and I don’t like to be bored. ;-) That’s pretty true for all genres I suppose, though. I review Christian fiction because I love to write and share my thoughts on the books I read.

In answer to the second question, I don’t exclusively read Christian fiction – I also enjoy sci-fi/fantasy and young adult books (YA tend to be cleaner… or at least they were in the past).

To see more answers to this question and answer it yourself, head on over to My Friend Amy!

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11 Responses to Saturday Christian Fiction Carnival

  • Don’t know how I got onto your blog, but I love the title. In my spare time I write poetry and have written one with that title. Thought I’d share it with you. Not everyone like poems though and that’s ok. Blessings to a young mom; I’m already a grandma of 9. Now that I’m retired I’m looking to get back into a medical transcriptionist from home kinda job – which I did years ago when my kidlets were small.

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    Those who malign or speak ill are rebuked.
    There’s no pettiness, envy or jealousy.

    You need never explain why you do what you do.
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    In all situations you can be yourself,
    There’s great understanding when you’re hurting again.

    There’s also courage to speak correction,
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    Where one is weaker, the other is stronger,
    But they bring out the best in each other, you know.

    When you’re at your lowest, you’re frightened, you’re angry
    Words of encouragement freely flow from this friend.
    In prayer for each other your lives are enriched.
    With Christ at its center, such a friendship won’t end.

    Praise God for the friends He has brought into my life.
    Each one unique, a dear, cherished treasure.
    A kindred spirit, however, is special and rare.
    Its value and worth, only God can measure.

    Karin Ristau, copyright
    Friday, December 31, 1999

  • I’m glad there are so many Christian Fiction books for teens. I’m getting my daughter into them, now.

  • I’m like you…sometimes I’m in the mood for something else. Glad I found your blog! I put you on my following list and I’ll be visiting more often!

    Thanks for coming by my blog. I havent read the Mark of the Lion series, but it’s on my list. I’ve heard SO many great things about it. Seems everyone who’s read it loves it. Thanks for the recommendation!!

  • I really enjoyed reading your reasons. I definitely do not want a predictable story. I think that is one of the reasons I had kept away from romance and Christian fiction in the past (it was kind of why I stopped watching soaps when I was in my 20s), but I am finding more surprises now. :) I look forward to reading more of your blog. :)

    Kelly

  • I went through a stage earlier this year all I wanted to read was a historical fiction but all the reviews were contempory or suspense.
    I understand about predictable I think sometimes it depends on my mood too when reading.
    thanks for your thoughts

  • There are times when I get bored with the fluffier, predictable Christian fiction. I’ve been happy to see more variety being published in recent years.

  • I agree that sometimes some books can have predictable endings and plots, but I love books! :)

  • :) Great post – I’ve recently been sharing Christian YA books with my niece, who is stuggling with her parents divorce.

    I just got my post up here: http://wendisbookcorner.blogspot.com/2008/10/saturday-christian-fiction-carnival.html

    Have a great weekend! ~ Wendi

  • Elizabeth Moon’s Crystal Singer series is wonderful. She and Anne McCaffrey write several books together as well.

    Yay! Another YA fantasy reader! I write in that genre so I adore reading it as well!

  • Thanks for stopping my blog. :) I think you are right, Christian speculative fiction does seem to be making some serious inroads. :) I am glad, because my son is really into speculative fiction! We were at Marcher Lord Press on day one, because he wanted two books immediately! How cool is that? :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Kelly

  • your blog is so beautiful! I really like it! :)

    I’m shocked at some of the YA content now…and thankful that we the Christian YA market is picking up. ;)

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