What is Christian Fiction Anyway?

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There’s been an explosion!! And its name is Christian Fiction.

The changes that have and are occurring in Christian Fiction is amazing. The variety of genres and the amount available are staggering and difficult to keep up with.  The question of what makes a book Christian Fiction could be debated and often is on a variety of writer’s sites.

Many people think Christian Fiction means sweet romances or Amish stories. But that’s only the beginning of what’s available. Do you prefer science fiction; fantasy; suspense; romantic suspense; horror; or literary fiction? As far as I know any genre other than erotica can be found in Christian Fiction.

Another myth about Christian Fiction is that they are all evangelistic in nature. There are some that are and they are wonderful books but that’s not the only style out there. Most Christian Fiction books today are written from a Christian worldview.

What’s that mean? It means the spiritual message is more subtle but still there. It’s not an in your face sermon but a sermon shown by the characters thoughts, choices, and actions. Much like real life!

Of course as with any change, there are growing pains. Some readers and writers feel that Christian Fiction should always show a “salvation scene” and that some genres can’t be written with a Christian message. Agree or disagree?

A great resource for finding the type of book you’re looking for is http://www.fictionfinder.com/  It’s a free service but you do have to register. You can search a specific genre and find books that match your needs.

To help, I’m going to be introducing some of my “writer friends” over the next few months at www.examiner.com/christian-books-in-cleveland/lil-duncan . And lucky you, they want to give away copies of their books—sometimes print—sometimes ebooks.

This week I’m giving away Hearts That Survive by Yvonne Lehman. All you need to do is go to www.examiner.com/christian-books-in-cleveland/lil-duncan and leave a comment. More free books to come…until then—God Bless and Good Reading!

What’s your thoughts about the genre of Christian Fiction? Should they stick to the more traditional stories or is it a good thing that writers are stretching their wings?

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3 thoughts on “What is Christian Fiction Anyway?

  1. Great post! Glad I came across it.
    I am an avid reader of “Christian Fiction”. Since I like to read more than just romance/Amish books, it is so nice to be able to find Christian books in so many different genres. I pretty much consider a book to be Christian Fiction if it is clean (i.e. no cursing or inappropriately intimate scenes) and has a Christian worldview like you mentioned.
    Personally, I get annoyed by the in-your-face “Christianity” that some authors portray as well as the salvation scenes that seem to be all for show just so the author can say, “See… this is a Christian book!”
    Sometimes, I think the authors just try to hard…

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