Today, I’m very happy to welcome author Norma Gail with a wonderful guest post on why Christians can (and should) read romance. Below Norma’s post is news of her latest book, Land of Dreams, and the link to a Rafflecopter giveaway…please read on! ~ Kadee
“Why Christians can (and should) read romance”
I believe in happily-ever-after because I believe God created marriage to be a happily-ever-after relationship. The Song of Solomon, found in the Old Testament, is the oldest romance in existence and some of the most beautiful poetry ever written because God is love and is the author of human love.
Romance novels are one of the top-selling, highest demand genres in modern-day literature. As a Christian who enjoys reading romance, I offer a warning to others: Be selective. Sweet, clean romance, yes. Christian/inspirational romance, yes. Erotica, no.
The world has forgotten that lust and sex are not synonymous with love and romance. Perhaps this is why Christians struggle with marriage and dating relationships as much as non-Christians. The rise in popularity of Christian fiction of all genres indicates a desire for stories with a Christian worldview, a view that offers hope in a world where there is none. A romance should encourage relationships that honor God and build the readers up as individuals. The author must promote wise, biblical viewpoints of marriage and dating.
The confusion about what constitutes love is at the heart of an astonishing array of opinions surrounding Christian/inspirational romance novels. One school of thought says romance novels endanger marriages, making women dissatisfied because male protagonists set standards real men can’t meet. However, a well-crafted romance can offer insight into how to pray for a loved one and encourage the reader to allow God to display unconditional love and forgiveness to others.
The hallmark of the romance genre is a happily-ever-after ending. In a world where too many bad things happen, it is comforting to escape for a while with something predictable and sweet. Humans have a great predilection for hurting each other but Christian/inspirational romance takes us on a spiritual journey with a promise that everything will turn out right.
Seek love stories that point you to the Author of love. Seek God’s direction in real-life relationships. Remember that while fiction may contain valuable life lessons, it is only a story written by a fallible human being. True Christian romance will never cause the reader to act in a way that is incompatible with God’s word. Enjoy romance novels with common sense and prayer. Remember that true love always honors and obeys God. After all, God is the only one who offers the greatest happily-ever-after ending of all.
© By Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, June 7, 2016. Used by permission of the author.
Land of My Dreams
by Norma Gail
GENRE: Christian romance
Alone and betrayed, American professor Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonell, is something she never anticipated.
Kieran harbors a deep anger toward God in the face of his own devastating grief. When Bonny’s former fiancé reenters her life, Kieran’s loneliness draws him to a former student.
How will Bonny decide between her rivals? Can they set aside the past to make way for a future, or will it drive them apart?
Land of My Dreams, a Christian Romance Novel, spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.
When Kieran left his office, he saw Bonny standing behind her car, her foot tapping and shoulders sagging. “Can I help you, Dr. Bryant?”
She startled, and he realized he had been so intent on watching her that he had failed to give warning of his approach. The eyes that met his sparkled, their brilliance drawing him like a treasure hunter to a prize emerald. She was a lovely woman.
“Dr. MacDonell, hello. I’ve changed flat tires before, but these lug nuts won’t budge.”
He checked the urge to brush a smudge of dirt from her cheek. “It’s Kieran, and I’m glad to be of help.” He forced himself to ignore the nervous pounding in his chest and the urge to run. He was alone with the woman who had filled his mind day and night from the moment she had walked into the room.
“I’m Bonny, and thanks.”
“I’ll take that spanner off your hands.”
“Spanner? Oh, you mean the lug wrench, of course.” She held it out to him and smiled.
He took a deep breath. Her smile reminded him of sun breaking through a Scottish mist. His fingers brushed hers as he took it, and he realized how small her hands were, like his mother’s finest china. Dainty and delicate.
Something about the patient way she watched caused his uncertainty to subside. Rescuing a damsel in distress wasn’t a bad way to meet. Tossing the caber was no longer possible, but he knew how to change a tire. She stood near enough for him to smell her perfume—feminine, like a rose garden.
Norma Gail is the author of the contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the New Mexico Christian Novelists. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 40 years. They have two adult children.
Connect with Norma:
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Norma-Gail/e/B00ILHXBAK/
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQbZIoC_JSE
Land of My Dreams in e-book format will be only $1.99 until September 12th