Faith n' Fiction Saturday
We all come to faith in Jesus at different times in our lives and we all come to Christian fiction at different times, too! What's the first book in the Christian fiction genre you can remember reading? What was your impression of it? Did it make you want to read more or less?
I can't remember the first overall Christian fiction book I read, it might have been the Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard. I can however remember the first adult Christian fiction book. It was Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke. I was 7. And I remember I didn't like it very much. Not because I was too young (I was a very advanced reader). It was because I couldn't understand the prairie dialect that was used in the book. Too many abbreviations and slang and I just could not get into the story. So I remember not finishing it and I didn't pick up the series again til I was about 12 and what a difference 5 years made. I loved the series and went back and read all her books. But that's not to say I stopped reading Christian fiction after that one book. I picked up a Gilbert Morris book when I was 8 and never stopped since. To me, honestly, it really didn't have anything to do that it was Christian. It was just a good story. That and the fact my parents preferred me reading Christian fiction over Baby Sitter Club and Sweet Valley books. It wasn't til I was older that the faith aspect became important to me. But back then, it was just good clean writing. So in all, I've been a Christian fiction reader for 17 years.