You know, I’m astonished that Thomas Nelson printed this book. I’m disappointed, too. Because this disregards the basic, so very basic, principal of what Christian books are set to do.
I have never strayed from my original viewpoint – If a book is marked as “Christian” it should have one goal, above everything: to inspire you to be more like Christ. Far too rarely have I found a book to meet that criterion (which should be very simple to accomplish).
We’ve come to expect this type of verbiage and immorality from secular books. But I feel as if the safe house that used to be the Christian genre is quickly disintegrating.
It reminds me of a song. I long ago stopped listening to this artist, but his words ring true, even still.
“It's easy to blame God but harder to fix things
We look in the sky like, "Why ain't You listening?"
You see the same God that you saying might not even exist
Becomes real to us, but only when we dying in bed
When ya healthy it's like, we don't really care for Him then
Leave me alone God, I'll call you when I need you again
Which is funny, everyone will sleep in the pews
Then blame God for our problems like He sleeping on you
We turn our backs on Him, what do you expect Him to do?
It's hard to answer prayers when nobody's praying to you.”
-NF, Oh Lord
On another note, let’s discuss one of the most disgusting aspects of this book. The main character, Lauren, believes it is perfectly fine and acceptable to have a relationship with another grown man and tell him that she loves him (we’re not talking “I love you as my brother in Christ.” – we’re talking about a former boyfriend). She denies she was having an “illicit relationship” but, by all accounts, it pretty much was, by the very definition of the word “illicit” (she didn’t even tell her husband she was communicating with him!) In other words, she was loving another man besides her husband. And she thought it was ok. And there was never any remorse. Or condemnation. She was never apologetic. Can you even imagine? Finding your spouse telling another man or woman that they love them? I’m cannot even comprehend that. Why is this projected as acceptable?
I’ve said this before, but I’ve received an incredible amount of backlash from it – so let me attempt to explain myself. I don’t read books with cursing, and I don’t believe in general that Christians should make a habit of it. (note: I am not, in the slightest, judging or condemning anyone, in any way.)
The Bible clearly states that we should think about whatever is “noble, right, pure, or lovely.” Furthermore, we are to “set our mind on things about, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” The Ten Commandments, as we all know, warn against maluses of the Lord’s name. Why then do we deem it acceptable to actively submit ourselves to the type of behavior and verbiage that is completely opposite of God’s nature? I think it is irrefutable that what our society considers “profanity” is not a part of God’s nature –which is holy and pure. If we are to think upon Him, and he is holy and pure, and cursing is not – even by societies perverted standards – why, again, do we think it is acceptable to read books with profanity – the exact opposite of God’s nature and the exact opposite of what we, as Christians, should strive to be like?
You might think – one, two, three curse words. It’s not a big deal. To be perfectly frank, I used to believe that as well. Then it dawned on me that this is about so much more than cursing. It’s the mindset, it’s the heart. If an author (not specifically this one) has fallen to accept that the use of profanity is moral, where else have they compromised their standards, and what worldview will they be projecting in their books? In the case of this book, it was numerous sexual innuendoes and a mindset of God that is woefully inaccurate.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.*
*I do not intend this review to be a personal attack against the author, and with the reforms I've mentioned above, it would have been an excellent book*
Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Biblical Fiction, Romance, Inspirational, Adult
Not recommended for any age.
(pgs.62-66 was probably the closest thing I’ve read to an…..eh, “adult themed” scene. Yuck.)
The curse words used were:
d*****, cr*p (which is really just crude. But when the child said it the parents freaked out. . . So she obviously thought there was something off-color about its use), many blasphemous words, and ‘effin (which some people may not find offensive, but it’s the derivative of one of the worst words in the English language, so I do)
I’m not entirely sure, but I probably wouldn’t consider it Christian.