1. April says:

    It is sad that although not every book that is not overtly religious or moral is bad, it is true that many books today are downright immoral or bad.

  2. Thank you for this outstanding article, including all its reflective prompts. I would love to see this kind of thing more often.

  3. This article is much appreciated. Over the years, I’ve become sensitized to how fiction pieces make me think and feel. On the one hand, a surprising number of Christian novels leave me feeling confused, empty, and even disturbed, while on the other hand, the scriptures are becoming more impactful. My happy place (aside from the Bible) seems to be the classics created from within the Judeo-Christian worldview. And my “weakness” for happy endings? That’s part of my healthy diet.

  4. Glenn Hibburt says:

    I am thankful for this eye-opening article Jasmine, but at the same time I am disheartened. Like many, I’ve noticed the gradual pornification of secular YA literature. But in Christian fiction? It was particularly upsetting to read about the sensualisation of Christian fiction. I am reminded of the experiment with the frog in the pot of boiling water: the temperature rises so gradually that the frog doesn’t realise it’s being boiled alive until it’s too late!

    This incremental heating seems to have crept into our Christian narratives as well. What began as harmless romantic prose—hand-holding and kisses—has escalated to mirror narratives we find in secular bookstores. This is a wake-up call prompting us to jump out of the pot before we are overcome. Psalm 1:1 warns us, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.” Are we, as a community, gradually losing our blessing by not distancing ourselves from secular influences? Have we slowed our run to a walk, or worse yet, have we stopped to stand or sit comfortably amidst the filth?

    It seems we may be partaking more of the world’s diet than we realise. If this is the case, let us regain our sense of holiness. Let’s resolve, like Daniel and his friends in Daniel 1:8 – 20, did—to maintain a diet that upholds our values. They chose not to defile themselves with royal food and wine, and God rewarded their prudence with greater discernment. In our reading and what we choose to fill our minds with, let’s help each other strive for the higher road, selecting content that realigns our brain for the good. That strengthens rather than sullies our spirit.

    Thanks again for this though-provoking article, Jasmine.

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