I recently saw an article shared on Facebook that got me thinking about the value of Christian romance. More specifically, is there any value in reading books about fictional Christian characters who fall in love? I would say, yes, definitely, and for sure! Here are 3 reasons why I believe there’s value in reading (and writing) Christian romance:
1) Hope. In a world that’s full of broken people and relationships, Christian romance reminds us there is hope in Christ. I especially like reading books about Christians who have made mistakes and strayed from their faith and are trying to find their way back to God. Reading about fictional characters who struggle through their challenges helps us know we’re not alone in ours. Christian romance also gives us examples of how Biblical truths play out in realistic situations.
2) Heart. Romance is all about the heart, AKA. the warm fuzzies, AKA. the feels. I personally love reading romance so I can feel the wonders of a new/renewed relationship, as well as the angst that comes from misunderstandings or conflicts. Sometimes a book can make me laugh and sometimes it can make me cry—the best stories do both!—but either way, reading can be a cathartic experience. Christian romance, in particular, offers us glimpses of the most wonderful kind of emotion—God’s unconditional love.
3) Wholesome Entertainment. When you read Christian romance, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting clean and wholesome entertainment. This genre has been steadily gaining popularity over the years, which means readers are looking for stories with depth and meaning. It’s so important that Christian romance is available as an option for those who like reading romance.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the value of Christian romance. Please comment below and let me know!
Giveaway: I’d like to give away a digital copy of a book from my backlist, boxed sets excluded. Two winners will be randomly chosen from the comments below. The giveaway will remain open until midnight on Friday, November 1st.