Sunday, August 09, 2009

Why Read Christian Fiction by Adrienne Carlson

Dear Friends, I am pleased to have today at Joy in the Journey a guest blogger, Adrienne Carlson, a friend I met on an online writing group. Adrienne writes regularly on the topic of online bible classes and has a passion for Christian Fiction. Read on to find out what she has to say about the appeal of Christian fiction to today's readers.

Why Read Christian Fiction?

If you love books as much as I do, your local library and bookstore are probably going to be your favorite haunts. Books were my favorite companions as I was growing up, and even today, I’d rather read than do anything else. But unfortunately, the pressures of work and other responsibilities leave me with hardly any time to cuddle up with a good book, so when I do get some time to myself, I try to read books that are really worthwhile. While searching for a genre that I enjoyed and one that would enrich me at the same time, I found that Christian fiction suited my needs. So if you’re looking for a reason to read Christian fiction, read on:

· It’s enriching and enjoyable: Not often do you find books that both enthrall you with the story and also have something to offer your soul. Christian fiction packs both these aspects into one and provides you with food for your mind and your soul. You’re able to enjoy a good story as well as learn from the values that the story is peppered with. The best writers are those who are able to weave a story around values, and when this happens, you know you have found a book that’s priceless.

· It appeals to people who are not Christians: Most writers who choose to pen Christian fiction are not fanatic Christians, no matter what people may choose to believe. Rather, they are writers who believe in the Christian faith and because of this, their Christian values seep into the books and stories they author. This draws people, even those who are not Christians to read them, because the stories are good and because the authors have created a name for themselves. Christian fiction is thus a good way to educate non-Christians about the way of Christ and instill in them the values that true Christians cherish and follow.

· It is a good way to spend your free time: You don’t have to be worried about choosing the wrong kind of leisure activities, the ones that are not acceptable if you are a true Christian. With Christian fiction, you are occupied in a way that you enjoy without having to feel guilty about it.

If you’ve never read Christian fiction, it’s time you gave it a try. It’s worth the effort and the time!

Many thanks to Adrienne Carlson for providing this guest blog. Adrienne regularly writes on the topic of online bible college. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: .

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