Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Continuing Saga in Christian Fiction

I haven't read it, but My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade is causing a stir in Christian fiction circles. The reason? It mentions poker, has words like "crap" and "boob", and other such nefarious deeds.

It points out the side of CBA fiction that can be considered puritanical or judgmental. I don't have a lot of input on this debate today. I've been working lately on missional stuff, so I haven't gotten fully into the writing world again.

I have internet buddies who have discussed this in thoughtful ways. Mike Duran tackles it today in his usual way - challenging the status quo.

Also, my friend Nicole Petrino-Salter reviewed it. She predicted negative reviews at Amazon, and discusses the self-appointed judges of Christian fiction and the idea of *gasp* having fun.

I hope the reading linked here is stimulating. If you know of other posts regarding this issue, please share in the comments below.


  1. Thanks for the mention, Jason. And thanks for noting this little novel and the unnecessary controversy it's created. My goodness. Well, good for Becky because you know what they say: Any publicity is good publicity. This is a well written, smartly done romance. Its faith message should've superceded all the other petty grievances, but, alas . . .

  2. Anonymous3:19 PM

    Thanks for the info! It's the holier-than-though, unrealistic aspect of Christian fiction that mostly steers me away from it, except for a few lone authors. Good to know there are others out there challenging the status quo.

  3. Mark H.6:58 AM

    Such language! I don't want to read that crap. ;)