It's Wednesday, the middle of the week! How's it going so far? We're finally through the holidays, Sam's back at school, Wes has finished some church paperwork that was necessary to get done ASAP, Beth's and my babysitting job is over, so now we have a "normal" few days to finish out the week. Of course, normal is just a setting on your dryer, so who knows what else will happen this week?! ;)
My dad is doing better. Mother said the swelling has gone down and he appears to be on the mend. Praise the Lord that it didn't seem to be all that serious. I bet he got lots of ribbing at church on Sunday, though! ;) He really did look funny.
After keeping the nursery at Metro Baptist last night, I was talking to the pastor's wife, and the subject of books came up. We both love to read, so we had lots of conversational fodder available. We both agreed on one thing: some Christian fiction authors write some things that we won't let our teenaged daughters read. Some of them we won't even read ourselves! We won't read "Christian" romance novels that have love scenes in them that are basically Harlequin novels with a Christian spin on them. One of the most well-written books I've ever read is Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers. Excellent writing, but if you've read that book, you know that there are quite a few scenes in it that, if they were on TV or in a movie, you would turn it off (at least I hope you would). So why read it if you wouldn't watch it? Your imagination works as you read, making pictures of the scene in your mind, just like you would see the movie on the screen; it's the same thing as watching it. I told Mrs. Mackay last night, "While I was reading that book, I was afraid Wes would pick it up and wonder what on earth I was reading." I have no problem with reading romantic fiction - as long as it's clean. I also prefer that it not just entertain, but that it inspire me to live better, be a better Christian, wife, or mother.
Some authors that I enjoy and would recommend as a pastor's wife or as a mother for my teenaged daughter are Janette Oke, Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, and Al Lacy. I also love Francena Arnold, but she wrote many years ago and her books were more contemporary for her time. Women and girls now would not identify with a lot of the settings, but if they get past the setting and get the theme of the books, they are excellent, more than just entertainment. Another clean, godly author was Grace Livingston Hill. My high school advanced composition teacher scoffed at Mrs. Hill's books, saying they were not true literature, but I enjoy them very much. They were also written years ago and in a different time, but the timeless values are there - modesty, hard work, honesty, loyalty, love of home and family. She wrote beautiful descriptions of home life made beautiful in the midst of poverty. Her books are very predictable, some of the characters a little unrealistic, but wholesome reading anyway. Which is hard to find now. I can recommend Lori Wick's novels set in older times, but I don't care for the ones set in more modern times.
So, I'm a stick in the mud when it comes to fiction! LOL I do love to read though, and I've been trying some new authors. I hope to find some that I love and that I could wholeheartedly recommend. Do you have some that you love? We have a limited variety of Christian authors at our library here, but I'm always on the lookout for those I haven't read before. Please share your recommendations!