In Colossians 3:1-2* we read:
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
and in Isaiah 26:3 we see:
“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.”
I could bring up other passages, but I think most Christians would agree that our Savior wants us to be continually thinking about Him throughout the day, and that as we meditate on His promises to us in His Word, we will grow! We are exhorted to read the scriptures, memorize them, pray– and these should be our first priority. But what about our leisure time? I enjoy sitting down and reading a good fiction novel now and then. Reading Christian fiction (at least excellent Christian Fiction) keeps me thinking on Biblical principles, encourages me, builds me up.
Don’t misunderstand me– I’m not saying that I exclusively read Christian fiction, or that you should. But I don’t think any other fiction genre has spurred me to re-read Bible passages, opened up more conversations with my family about Biblical truth, or convicted me more than Christian Fiction.
However, as I’ve grown to love reading more and more, I’ve also been reminded how much poor Christian Fiction there is out in the world. So many novels to sift through that are sloppily written, promote ungodly ideals/desires, or are just plain untrue to God’s Word. I won’t even get started on all the pitfalls the romance sub-genre can fall into!
I am not an expert in literature by any means. That said, my hope is that as I continue to explore and enjoy reading, what I share will help you to discover edifying, excellent Christian fiction — and save you time you might waste on what is not. Through full and short reviews, author spotlights, and other literary or otherwise lovely posts, I desire for us to be built up, encouraged, and closer to fulfilling Philippians 4:8:
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
And ultimately, above all, glorifying our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Whether you decide to follow along with me or not, I hope this is your aspiration as well!
Gratefully yours, ~Rebekah
*Unless otherwise noted all scripture quotations on this blog are taken from the New King James Version.