Ramblings

Prelude to Fiction Flops

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I wish I could typewrite all my blog posts… something about this machine makes me feel as if everything I wrote would be legendary!

So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom. ~ Psalm 90:12

In the course of trying to read so many books for this blog, it’s inevitable that I find a few I dislike, or at least don’t enjoy enough to haul them around to all my family members spewing my adoration for the premise or the characters or something else! I’m trying, as best as I am able, to give fair reviews; sometimes I’m not thrilled with a certain genre, for example, but I try to balance that out with the quality of the work so my rating is based more on the merit of the book than my own personal taste.

When I do rate a book less than 3/5 stars, I will be categorizing it under fiction flops, but please do remember that ultimately it is only (however carefully decided) my opinion, and I do not mean offense to anyone who may have read these books and love them. I would be thrilled to hear your input about why I shouldn’t have rated them the way I did!

As far as authors go, I do respect the huge amount of work and heart they may have put into their Christian fiction book, and I’m certainly not “out to get” anyone. One author I’ve been thinking about lately wrote one book I absolutely loved and reread, but also one book I found lacking. A fiction flop (which I use lightheartedly) does not always equal a author flop. My hope is that writers, especially those I ask to interview with me, will be understanding in this regard.

I desire for you to find my reviews fair, reliable, and helpful as you make decisions about what to read. Please remember to pray for guidance and wisdom as you choose how to spend the time our Savior has given you!

All this said, Lord allowing, my next post will be up Monday. Have a wonderful weekend!

Ramblings

Waiting

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Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all diligence,

For out of it spring the issues of life.

There are some very popular, acclaimed books I choose not to read… yet. Sometimes I look at their beautiful covers or hear a friend talking about them, but for now I set them back on their figurative shelf and wonder when I’ll be ready to open them up. Are they bad books? Not as far as I know. Some are highly recommended by Godly women in my life. Still, I know I’m not spiritually or emotionally mature enough yet to read them, because they deal with areas of life in which I am still, as a young single woman, naive. One example I could give is “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers. I see rave reviews for this book often, both on its quality of writing and message; it is an allegorical retelling of the Biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea set in the old west. The story’s central theme is God’s redeeming love for sinners, illustrated through the life of Angel, a prostitute. Could this be an excellent premise? Yes. Could this book be a blessing to women coming to Christ from broken backgrounds? Yes! Do I feel ready for it? Not just now, and I am at peace with that. Right now, I am at peace with preserving some of the childhood innocence I still hold onto as an unmarried girl and guarding my heart until I feel more prepared to be discerning about what is real and what is fiction in mature relationships.

Do you ever feel this way? To any of you who are married or older women, are there any Christian fiction books/authors you waited to read—and were you glad you did?