Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Why do you read Christian Romance?
Sandra Orchard here.
I recently had my first radio interview and was asked how I answer those who might criticize me for writing romance.
I thought this would be a great topic for us to discuss here.
The way I see it the Lord has endowed us with creativity and imagination to tell stories that inspire, illustrate principles, minister to hurting hearts and refresh and renew spirits.
Jesus himself taught using parables.
Naysayers of romance argue that it sets up unrealistic expectations in women, perhaps creating discontent.
This hasn’t been my personal experience with Christian romance, in particular Love Inspired romance, whose mission is “to inspire women to better guide themselves, their families and their communities toward purposeful, faith-driven lives.”
Seeing characters overcome challenges and make Biblically-based decisions inspires me to work harder at my own personal relationships. I believe that the stories offer role models worth emulating.
My college-age daughter has had a number of young women tell her that they have no idea what a healthy relationship looks like. They’ve never been in one, nor seen one modeled in their own family, let alone the TV shows they watch or books they read.
Unfortunately, this is becoming a bigger and bigger reality even within our churches.
Readers such as these, whether teens contemplating their first relationship, or older women in various situations, will hopefully be challenged and inspired by the choices they see characters in Christian fiction make.
Your Turn: Why do you enjoy reading Christian romance?
P.S. If you'd like to hear the interview you can find it here: http://www.selawministries.ca/