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Monday, November 16, 2009

Things That Suck More Than Mondays

The old "Jesus" bait and switch.

Let me just say (lest I be struck down by lightning for the following diatribe), if you want to write a novel about characters being born again, the healing power of faith, or God in general, more power to ya.

But don't market it with a blurb to make it sound like mainstream fiction. Please. Not everyone wants or needs a good preaching-to during their pleasure reading. I think if the story is substantially faith-based, this should be included in a Content Warning.

Let me be a little more blunt. If I want to hear testimonials about Jesus Christ and how he changes lives and heals hearts, I can get that at church for free, off the 700 Club, or all over the internet (and in numerous un-asked-for emails). For free. I don't need to drop $5.50 of my hard-earned money on Fictionwise.

So there's my Weekly Peeve. 80 pages in and I gave up on this novel. Liked the premise, found the characters' sudden emotional upheaval a bit old-school Harlequin, hated all the church talk. Not a recommended read for me, Full Time Wife, by Anna Dynowski.

Autumn Piper
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Stephanie said...

I hear ya!!!! I have an uncle like that...can't imagine him popping up in something I'm reading, especially when I'm not expecting it!!

Anonymous said...

Don't you just hate that! I can't stand when I think a book is about one thing and it ends up totally different. Especially when that something different is a preachy something I didn't want/need/or ask for!

Jasmine Black said...

Okay, like all train wrecks, you just got to look. So, I have to google this book and look it up. True, I didn't see anything in the blurb making it a Christian book, but the dedication and the Bible verse at the beginning of the book should have given it away. I think your dislike of the book is a deeper issue. Maybe one that has to do with the hero. I mean, who can root for a hero whose name is LUKE? This, my dear, is what twisted the knife for you. LOL.