My hubby and I started to clean out the garage last weekend (it’s pretty bad… it’ll take a few weekends or more to finish!) and I came across an old journal of mine.
It was from 1996… I was 15 years old that year. It was the ONLY journal in my life that I actually FINISHED and filled out every page.
I was flipping through the pages and reading here or there and oh my gosh. Even at 15–having never had a boyfriend and barely even had crushes on boys at the time–I was already a romantic.
I talked about the romance novels I was reading, and went on and on about wanting to be married. In one place I even said, “Lord, I KNOW I should really want to go to heaven and that should be my aim, but is it too much to ask that I get married first?? And maybe have the experience of having a baby? You can take me after that…that’s all I ask.”
Now that I’m married and have 4 kids…I feel like I need to revise that and pretty please ask to be able to see my grandkids someday!!
I look back and smile at the naive 15-year-old who lived vicariously through Christian romance novels, but I also know that it had a REALLY positive effect on me. Not only did I want romance and love–but I also desired a man who loved Jesus. I was well aware that they were fiction and that real life isn’t always as glamorous, but I loved the relationships and model I saw of two people who love Jesus overcoming the odds and conflicts in their life and uniting in marriage and love, with Jesus being their center.
At the time, I read a lot of Lori Wick and Janette Oke and Hilda Stahl. A few years later I’d add Francine Rivers and Gilbert Morris and all the “series” romance that they had out at the time. (Does anyone remember I think they called them the Portrait series… where they had frames with cutouts on the front? I think they were put out by Bethany House. Now the names of authors I love to read are too many to even begin to list!
So I thought it’d be fun to take a trip down memory lane today.
What are some Christian romance authors from back-in-the-day that you loved (or still love) to read? Anyone remember the first book or author you read in Christian romance?