I want to begin this post with a disclaimer that I am not making a statement about ALL books that fall into this category. However, I am seeing this as a recurring theme across MANY of the books that I have encountered within the genre.
A common theme I’ve been encountering in Christian books is the idea that fulfillment comes through finding a romantic partner.
This idea is immensely pervasive in our culture, whether movies/books/TV depict romance in/ outside of a marriage partnership.
As Christians, we have placed a TON of emphasis on “cleaning the outside of the cup” (Luke 11:39) by making sure that “our” (Christian) media does not depict premarital sex. But when that is our entire emphasis, we are overlooking the point of these relationships.
The Bible makes it clear that the profound mystery of marriage is that it is to signify the relationship between Christ and His bride— not the other way around. Since marital intimacy symbolizes the intimacy between Christ and His bride, we are missing the point if we say that final fulfillment is found in another person.
And not only are we missing the point— it is none other than IDOLATRY to state that ultimate fulfillment can be found in a person other than Jesus Christ.
While physical purity ABSOLUTELY has its place (check out my review standards to see just how important it is to me), we should embrace physical purity “without leaving the former,” spiritual purity, “undone” (Luke 11:42). Scripture makes it very clear that God cares about circumcision of the heart, not just the body.
Thanks to my mom for processing with me and sharing these truths with me. actually usually judge books by whether or not their content is clean, but she pointed out the fact that finding fulfillment in someone other than God is idolatry.
As I move forward with book reviewing, I am wanting to read with more of an eye for theme, seeking for books that actively convey truth— not just books that are “clean.”
To be continued…
I may write more posts along a similar line. I had drafted this one multiple times, unsuccessfully, and then decided to keep my post simple, instead of trying to tie in all of the ideas that have been on my heart and mind.
Eva Jo does an excellent job of articulating some of the common themes in the genre
I’m not sure what the author’s name is; while I don’t agree with all points, this post did provoke thought for me