I have a blog where I review Christian fiction covering the genres of the supernatural, spiritual warfare, military, science fiction, fantasy, mystery and suspense, and edgy, Christian speculative fiction from a Christian/biblical worldview.
Why do I review Christian fiction?
I have been an avid reader from as early as I can remember. Since becoming a Christian in my early 20s, my passion for reading led to specifically Christian fiction and this has developed into reviewing them on my blog.
I love reading new author’s novels or author’s who have not had many reviews or exposure and giving them much needed encouragement where appropriate.
I love providing new authors with a review, an interview and promoting them and their novel on the many platforms of social media that I subscribe to.
The e-book platform has enhanced my reading experience and introduced me to many new authors and genres.
Christian authors contribute in their own unique way, different aspects of the Christian experience through their imagination, writing style, creativity, genre and guidance/inspiration and obedience from God . Across the genres that I review, listed above, I have learnt about:
- relying on God through difficult and trying circumstances,
- the nature of God, developing faith and trust in God,
- encouraging others,
- spiritual warfare,
- being true to yourself,
- standing up for what is right,
- Godly romance,
- sex and sexuality.
to name a few.
My own faith and relationship in God has been strengthened through experiencing the above in the many genres, authors and stories. Many of the above I have been able to apply in my life.
Never let it be said that God does not and cannot teach, encourage, instruct, discipline both Christian and non Christian alike through Christian fiction! He can and He does, very successfully!
What do I expect from Christian fiction?
Generally, I hope at the end of the novel:
- it has entertained me immensely,
- it has encouraged my walk with God,
- it has not deviated from known biblical doctrine, and it will not, I believe, lead a non believer astray or promote false doctrine,
- it honours God,
- it does not encourage worship of the created (eg angels) instead of the Creator (God).
If it includes a topic that the bible is silent on, I don’t get too concerned as long as it:
- does not conflict with or undermine the bible or doctrine,
- does not dishonour God
- does not have the potential to give the reader a misleading impression of what God and Christianity is.
- generally meets the expectations mentioned previously
If it does, then this will show in my review.
However, I do respect the author’s right for poetic license. This usually encourages me to contact the author to find out what their motive was in going down this path. This helps me understand their mind set.