Junk food is scrumptious. Sweet and gooey, or savory and crunchy, there are some snacks that I love to gorge, even while I’m fully aware that overindulging is bad for my waistline. Who am I kidding? I have no waistline. Still, those empty calories may have even worse health implications than a few extra pounds. So, I have to practice moderation unless I want to reap the consequences.
But what about junk food for my brain? There are pastimes that entice and delight my mind in the same way that junk food appeals to my tastebuds. Some forms of entertainment are just as bingeworthy as a tube of Pringles or a box of chocolates. It’s hard to stop after only one. Unfortunately, the nutritional content of some entertainment is just as harmful for my mind and my spirit as junk food is for my body.
I try to feed my mind with a diet that includes intellectually stimulating material, and I read my Bible and faith-based non-fiction to help me grow in my walk with the Lord. This takes discipline and is something I could always do better.
And yet our minds do need rest and play. I can’t be the only one whose brain craves relaxation after work and study. There are so many entertainment options, but not all of them are good for me. Scrolling the Internet and social media, playing video games, disappearing into a YouTube rabbit hole, binging shows on Netflix or listening to back-to-back podcasts are all ways in which I’ve spent—and squandered—hours of time.
These pastimes are fine in moderation, but there are occasions when I’ve overindulged and come up feeling the same way that I would after eating a family-sized pack of cookies washed down with a massive bottle of cola. Bloated, and wishing I’d stopped after the first two or three.
And there are some pastimes that make me feel not just regretful of the wasted time, but queasy about the things I’ve put into my mind.
This is where Christian fiction is such a blessing.
I know there are those who would say that Christian fiction, and especially Christian romance, is also junk food for the brain. But I believe that Christian fiction is uniquely placed to provide entertainment that can also feed our minds and our spirits. The books I’ve read by our InspyRomance authors have given me guilt-free pleasure and left me feeling encouraged and inspired.
Could you call out some specific books by InspyRomance authors that have both uplifted and entertained you, giving you wholesome fare for your mind and spirit?
I could name so many, but these ones spring to the top of my mind: