Is Christian Fiction Getting a Bad Rap?

5 comments Posted on April 8, 2013

Mabry headshotI hear a lot about the state of Christian fiction. Some people call it “propaganda.” For others, it’s the only fiction they’ll read. What is “Christian fiction” anyway? Here’s what I’ve said previously about my own writing, and I think it’s applicable to most Christian fiction: The primary difference I see is that (these novels) don’t have cursing or explicit sex, and portray a Christian worldview… The books portray characters that are flawed, as we all are, and who struggle with their relationships, both with God and their fellow man…What I’ve frequently said is that the only difference I really see is that these novels are written from a Christian worldview and don’t contain anything I’d hesitate for my mother, wife, or daughter to read.

When books are made available, there will always be people who criticize them because they’re “Christian fiction.“ That’s okay. They’re free to stop reading. But perhaps, before they do, the words implant a seed in their heart. It may or may not grow, but at least it’s a step.

I want my novels to accomplish two things: stimulate those unfamiliar with the Gospel to look further, and encourage Christians in their continuing pilgrimage. If I can do that, I’ll consider myself a good steward of any talent and opportunity God grants me.


Dr. Richard Mabry is the award-winning author of five published novels of medical suspense. His latest medical thriller is Stress Test (Thomas Nelson). Richard’s website is, and he posts regularly on his blog, He is also active on Twitter,Facebook, and GoodReads.


  • 04/08/2013
    Vannetta Chapman said:

    I agree, Richard! I would add that my goal is to spread HOPE and God’s grace. If I’ve done that, then I’m successful.

    However, it’s not uncommon to hear folks who think MISSION can replace CRAFT. Not so, as you know.

    Thanks for the post.

  • 04/08/2013
    E.E. Kennedy said:

    I totally agree, Richard! It’s the kind of fiction I prefer to read, and it’s getting better all the time!

  • 04/08/2013
    Connie Leonard said:

    I think Christian fiction is getting better because of the stiff competition. I think as Christians it is our respnsibility and privilege to bring light into this dark world.

  • 04/14/2013
    Mary L. Ball said:

    Amen, brother. You so right
    No matter what a person does there is someone who will ridicule the action. So all we can do is keep doing what is laid on our hearts and take one day at a time.

  • 04/15/2013
    Samantha said:

    From a Christian perspective:
    There is really only one Christian fiction author I enjoy: Tricia Goyer. Her novels are realistic, her characters are realistic and relatable, her books are well researched, her writing and descriptions are vivid, and she writes more than Amish or contemporary. Personally, I rarely read books set of the 1940s, WWII. There are very few Christian fiction authors who write in that time period. I find most Christian fiction unrealistic in either plot or characters, or, in the case of Vienna Prelude by Bodie and Brock Thoene, WAY to much romance for me. Although Tricia Goyer’s novels have a tint of romance, her novels focus mostly on people and their relationship with God, not other people.


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