Christian Fiction Is A Gentle Read


Christian fiction, inspirational fiction -- just what is it?

Since it does not contain profanity, strong violence, addictions or explicit sexual activity, it is considered a genre of "Gentle Reads."

The values expressed are comfortable ones for many readers, even those who are not especially religious. The elements that appeal to a broad readership include strong traditional values, often inspirational, may focus on the end of time, action and adventure but violence is usually not explicit, considered "Safe Reads."

The audience has expanded substantially in recent years well beyond the Christian bookstore, to the chain superstores, as well as many of the discount stores.

The addition of many sub-genres such as mystery and suspense have increased the audience. The quality of the writing and storytelling has greatly improved. A 2003 study by BARNA Research Group found that half of all Americans read Christian books and one third buy them.

Would you like a suspenseful story with thrills and danger involving good versus evil where the Godly will triumph, but the challenges are many?

Prank Peretti's "This Present Darkness" was the trendsetter while the "Left Behind" series by Tim La Haye and Jerry B. Jenkins was an overwhelming success. Unlike in the past, many of the authors today appeal to male readers as well as young adults. Publishers of Christian fiction are beginning to broaden their lists to include more sub-genres such as mystery and science fiction, as opposed to the standard historical fiction and romances.

It is becoming more sophisticated. The themes hold more realism and involve characters dealing with actual current problems.

We are finding that "Christian authors" are a popular part of our collection.

The question, "Where is your Christian section of authors?" was asked enough times that we developed a list to aid our patrons in finding the reading material they want to read.

This list is comprised of over 80 authors who write everything from romance, mystery, end of times and much more. Following is a list of a few of the authors just waiting to be read.

1. Francine Rivers

2. Beverly Lewis

3. Janet Oke

4. Jan Karon

5. Bodie and Brock Thoene

6. Karen Kingsbury

7. Ann H. Gabhart

8. Jennifer Chiaverini

9. Frank Peretti

10. Richard Paul Evans

If this happens to be your favorite genre of fiction, come to the front desk and ask for your list of authors. It is free just for you, another service of your library. Enjoy.

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