Christian fiction reviewer, Peter YounghusbandI 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,
  • demonology,
  • angelology
  • 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.

Comments

Peter Younghusband — 3 Comments

  1. I would love it if you could review my newly published novel, “Experiment 93”. It is Christian Speculative Fiction, more specifically Science fiction, and is about an escaped alien military experiment that is taken in by a recently widowed father and hidden by passing her off as a foreign exchange student. You can get a free copy to review by contacting pressreleases@liferichpublishing.com and providing them with the name of the book (Experiment 93), the name of the author (R.S. Burghardt), the name of the requester, the name of the company you are affiliated with, address, phone number, and the position of the person requesting. If you run into any troubles with this or have any other questions that you’d like to ask me, you can e-mail me at rsburghardt@rsburghardt.com. I ask that, if you do like my work, that you would post a copy of your review to each of at least two of the distributors through which it is being sold (Liferich publishing, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble). Thank you for taking the time to hear me out.

    Sincerely
    R.S. Burghardt

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