Saturday Christian Fiction Carnival
Question for October 18, 2008
Why do you read and review Christian fiction? Do you exclusively read Christian fiction or do you also read general market books?
I review Christian Fiction for three reasons:
- I was asked. Eight years ago my pastor launched a gospel radio station and newspaper. I was asked to be the features editor. I admit I was skeptical. My background is in literary fiction and I didn't care for commercial fiction. But I had been introduced to Jacquelin Thomas work with BET's New Spirit imprint and I found a new home in my reader's soul.
- There aren't enough reviewers. There are friend who friends books, but not enough Christian fiction reviewers who can pull the book apart and identify not only the missing parts, but what makes it inspirational.
- African American Commercial Christian Fiction authors came on the scene a decade ago, but still receives very little opportunities for exposure. It has been goal to share those writers with Christian Fiction readers who otherwise wouldn't have. And I am honored that my non African American reader friends, trust me enough to subscribe to CFB and also come to me about book picks and their concerns. I am thankful for the dialogue.