by Mrs. W. A. Carbone as posted by the Botkin Sisters at Visionary Daughters – Christian Romance Novels
Editor’s note: This was originally published back in 2006 at Visionary Daughters. While I know Christian romance novels must exist somewhere are they a common thing? This sounds like it’s harmless escapist fantasy literature. Is escapism literature really a sin or a much needed break occasionally from endless laundry and child rearing? Thoughts?
After coming to know Christ as my Savior, I knew that what I was reading should change, though I still loved and wanted to read. I began to read romance novels written by some popular Christian authors and thought this was alright since these women were Christians, right?
After a few years of reading these novels, I found that my marriage was not as strong or as holy as it should be because I would begin fantasize so often after reading these novels. Nothing graphic, mind you, but things like:
“Why doesn’t my husband look like that?”
“Why doesn’t my husband act like that man?”
“Why doesn’t my husband say those things?”
“Why doesn’t my husband take me to these kinds of places?”
And the list goes on.
I finally realized that Christian romance novels can be the same as the soap operas and romance novels of the world, just sprinkled liberally with scripture verses in attempt to justify the content. In fact, I will boldly say that they arethe same as the soap operas and romance novels of the world, just liberally sprinkled with scripture in attempt to justify the content. Though usually not rife with explicit sex, these books will give enough fodder for the mind to wonder and wander off the course of purity and holiness (Philippians 4:8).
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