1. Steve Taylor says:

    Times have changed in the US. It used to be you could read secular books and in most cases (not all) they had a good message and free from foul elements. Those days are long gone. As evil grows good will and has become it’s own genre. Specifically Christian fiction. And I’m okay with that. When I look for my next read I want to know the worldview of the author. Life is too short to read bad books and there are so many good ones that I want to be able to locate them buy genre. While I don’t need g-rated Christian fiction (after all the Bible would be r-rated) I am always looking for books that will challenge me and make me think.
    Even though there is a Christian fiction catagory its still hard to find the right book because places like Amazon don’t list Christian, they list religious. Well I don’t want a religious book. Thankfully this site helps in locating good books.
    Jesus said to come out of the world and be separate. I think listing our books in a separate catagory is a good idea. When we give books to others, especially unbelievers, they won’t know where they were listed.

  2. Lisa says:

    Yes. The creation of the Christian subculture is definitely part of this conversation. And I suppose that those who are the gatekeepers of that subculture, which in this specific sense, would be the publishers of Christian fiction, are the ones who are determining what Christian fiction means. It would be interesting to hear the answer from their perspective. What exactly IS the box a writer has to fit into in order to be published as Christian fiction? I suppose this might differ between large publishers and small ones. Looking at what is selling on the self-published front (in terms of Christian fiction) would probably give a slightly different answer, but one that I would be interested in knowing!

What do you think?