Hello! If this is your first time participating in Faith'n'Fiction Saturday please read the introductory post.
Do you recommend or lend your Christian fiction books to people who don't share your faith? If you do, do you tell them in advance that the book is Christian fiction? Why do you or don't you tell them?
It wasn't until I started reading online reviews that I realized there were some people who would get upset if they read a book with Christian themes. So much so, that they would trash the book in their reviews. I have a strong affection for Christian fiction and a kind of family feel towards it...you can't knock it unless you're also a fan of it. ;)
Since then, I have a sort of informal policy to let someone know if a book is Christian fiction. Does this turn some people away? Yes, but I'd rather they not read the book and trash it unfairly. Truthfully, I like to know if books contain certain elements in advance as well. If I want this courtesy, I can understand why others would, too! I know some people may see Christian fiction as being lesser or not as good as other kinds of fiction. I think that's a battle that every single book that gets classified in a genre battles. It's unfortunate, but at the end of the day, it's the reader who censors themselves this way that's missing out on great books. I guess I never see information as being negative, I think it's important to arm people with information so they can make their own choices.
Do tell your thoughts! Also if you aren't a Christian feel free to weigh in about whether or not you want to know in advance and why!