I participate in a weekly book chat on another blog. In a recent post we asked the question: What’s the one genre you can never read enough of? The post inspired me to remember why CCR is my favorite genre to read (and write). Today I’m sharing with you 5 reasons why I love reading CCR books.
Reason #1 – Love Conquers All
In CCR stories, the main characters triumph over obstacles to achieve their romantic happily-ever-after ending. A CCR book typically closes with an uplifting relationship commitment eg. marriage proposal or wedding.
We all know the divorce statistics and that real life circumstances often aren’t fair. Other genres eg. contemporary fiction can delve into some of the harsher realities of ongoing romantic relationships after the initial romance story ends.
Love conquers all is a Biblical theme. God’s sacrificial love for us is demonstrated by Jesus’ death and resurrection. The bride and bridegroom analogy is mentioned multiple times in the Bible. For example, Ephesians 5:25 (NIV) “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
I’ve personally encountered Christians who hold a theological belief that Christian romance novels are unedifying and/or sinful. In these situations I hold onto verses like Ephesians 5:25 and ignore the criticism and judgement.
Reason #2 – Gain Wisdom
My counter argument to the naysayers who criticise Christian romance novels is that we can gain wisdom and life skills by reading all forms of fiction. Great fiction stories contain conflict, and as readers we can safely live and learn about different life experiences by being in a character’s head. In a CCR, that means we can experience a range of emotions as the characters fall in love and form a healthy God-centered relationship with a life partner.
Reason #3 – Gain Empathy
When we read fiction, we’re walking in someone else’s shoes and learning to understand their perspective. We know the characters in the story aren’t real people, but we can connect emotionally with characters who come alive on the page and feel like real people.
Reason #4 – The romance journey is fun
CCR books focus on the emotional and spiritual journey of the hero and heroine falling in love. The stories can deal with tough issues and the conflict in the stories is genuine and compelling. Despite the problems and obstacles the characters face, the underlying premise of the stories is hopeful and inspiring.
Reason #5 – Escaping into a story with a happy ending
I make no apologies for choosing to read lighter books that are hopeful and uplifting. CCR books include characters who I find inspiring and encouraging in my faith journey. When my real life can feel overwhelming, diving into a story with a happy ending and a hopeful message is how I relax and de-stress.