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When Christian Fiction Is Ungodly

by Kellyn Roth |
September 12, 2017

This post has been redacted as the author’s opinions on the subject have changed.

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  1. I am with you 110%! Not too long ago I was asked to do a review swap with another Christian author. The book did not go into graphic detail, but it gave enough detail to put some images in my mind that should not have been there. I told the author so and included such information in my review – although trying to do so in as gentle of a manner as possible. Later, I saw where another reader posted a comment on one of the other books in her series that was much more harsh than my review was. The author then went and posted on her Facebook page that she had researched the lady who left such a negative review and basically criticized the lady for being a baptist and said that most baptists are too conservative. You can see the review of the book I left here – https://montanapreacher.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/book-review-the-english-proposal-christian-victorian-era-historical/

    1. Goodness! I’m Baptist! Well, kinda, haha … we’re traditionally Baptist in our family, but we just call ourselves plain “Christians.”
      The fact that the author did that is pretty telling.

  2. …hm, for some reason that posted spontaneously!!
    Totally agree with your take on this and I’m grieved that less people are sensitive to it. This book makes me cringe…just so awkward. Besides, for the time period, a love match wasn’t expected anyway….

  3. Aw, man! While I’m disappointed that you were roped into a story like this, I thank you for your way of handling it. It’d be too easy to just slip the book under the coverlet and forget you ever read it… thank you for being upfront about it all. Definitely something I want to follow when this situation happens to me (and I know it will!).
    Commenting as part of my challenge: rebekahdevall.wordpress.com/challenge/ BUT I’m so glad I found this, challenge or not.

    1. Thanks, Rebekah! It’s good to see this comment … I got a lot of people angry at me for reviewing this book badly because of the content. *gasp* How could I?! Oh, well. If you’re gonna speak the truth, you’re going to get some flack. 🙂

      1. True that.
        But in the end, isn’t that what we authors want? Honest reviews?
        And if books 1-2 led you to expect one thing, and then the third threw something conpletely different (and like THIS!) on your lap, you’re perfectly right to review it as you did. It’s no different than say, a historical author who throws magic in halfway through a series.

  4. This is a really great point! I think the root of the problem is when Christians (Christian authors, in this case, but really any Christian) tries to be friends with God and friends with the world all at once and the result is compromised. Compromise and a bad (inaccurate) Name for God. :/ Jesus himself said: “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
    I think what He said is pretty clear. How could it be interpreted other than that we can’t always please and get along with “the world.” But I think that in the name of “reaching out to them” or perhaps just plain being liked by them, we have this tendency to alter our words and actions to give a more palatable impression. I don’t think we’re doing God any favor. There has to be a better meaning to “outreach.”
    Thanks for sharing!

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