A Blessing of Our Times

0 comments Posted on October 29, 2021

by Linore Rose Burkard

One reason I love writing novels of the Regency (the era of Jane Austen) is because Regency society, from the working class to the elite rich, were far more biblically literate than society today. Even the staunchest hedonist could likely quote Scripture.

When I discovered Regency romances by Georgette Heyer, though clean and sweet, faith and the church were conspicuously absent (at least in those I read) though most all her upper-class characters would have at least attended Sunday services.

Jane Austen’s works, since she assumed her audience were Anglicans like herself, have an emphasis on morality, not faith. (No sense preaching to the choir, though she loved to highlight hypocrisy and ingenuousness.)

While writers of Austen’s caliber are rare, with the plethora of Christian novelists churning out fiction today, a biblical worldview in most any genre can be had for the price of a book.

This has never been the case before. Early novels were often cautionary tales to portray the horrors of fallen womanhood or the virtues of withstanding temptation. A great deal of didactic literature of the 18th and 19th century of this sort survives. But today we have scads of novels of Christian protagonists in genres from romance to dystopian, living out their faith and withstanding temptations of all kinds (not just sexual)—sort of Pilgrim’s Progress retold in a thousand countless, ingenious, interesting ways. Some aim to inspire and encourage, while others are more evangelical. I decided to combine fun with the gospel, such as in my first Regency novel, Before the Season Ends.

Whatever flavor or genre you prefer, you can find a Christian version. This is a blessing of the age!

Linore Rose Burkard is an award-winning author, best known for Inspirational Regency Romance. A Janeite and hopeless romantic, her first novel, Before the Season Ends, opened the genre for the CBA. Raised in NYC, Linore is a magna cum laude English Lit. graduate of CUNY. She now lives in Ohio with her husband and five “mostly homeschooled” children, where she enjoys writing, art, church, and teaching workshops for writers. Website: https://www.LinoreBurkard.com

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