I debated whether to post this here or in the book forum..... I may move the thread there after all, but this isn't about any specific book, it's about what's happening in the Christian writing world these days.
Working for a Christian bookstore this past year has given me a bit of an eye-opener on Christian literature, and I don't think I much like what I'm seeing.
Gone are the days of Grace Livingston Hill and Janette Oke (although the latter still publishes) when the main characters usually lived by Christian moral codes and each story was often a moral/spiritual lesson in itself. The reader was usually edified while being entertained by a story.
The first time I saw this veering off a cliff was about 15 years ago I read a story by Francine Rivers about a prostitute and her husband (it was an allegory I guess of the Book of Hosea) and it got rather explicit about when she plyed her "profession", and even during their marital relations Francine Rivers is well - loved by many of our customers but I won't ever touch her books again.
Now, there's Ted Dekker who's books I can't stomach because they are so...... evil, and explicitly violent. For Christmas I got my father a Christian fiction book by a different writer, and when he finished it I asked him how it was and he said "gory and violent". This is a man who loves murder mysteries, but even this was too extreme for his tastes.
What's going on here? Are secular writers going after a Christian audience by writting under a "Christian author" banner? Or are Christian writers just getting too worldly? Or are publisher like Zondervan, no longer run by Christians anymore so they don't have discernment themselves, on what they will publish for the Christian reading consumers?