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Developing a Personal Reading Plan - 2

As we continue, our desire remains to develop a personal reading plan. Some people avoid fiction reading and may have good reasons. Certainly, if someone decides not to read fiction, we must respect that. On the other hand, I personally enjoy some fiction. I prefer Christian fiction because I am spared language and graphic descriptions of ungodly behavior. Further, I prefer the Biblical approach for treatment of sensitive areas.

However, there are dangers in Christian fiction – we must not assume that every lesson the author wants to teach in the story is Biblical. Again, the Word of God must be the standard for every area of our lives.

For example, I have read many Amish fictional books. In many ways I believe, Amish teaching does not follow the standard of God’s Word. However, I do enjoy learning about the lifestyle of these people. There is an attraction to the simple life they live free of many of our modern-day conveniences. Our challenge is to live our lives with our conveniences without allowing them to take precedence over what really matters.

Karen Kingsbury, # 1 New York Times Bestseller, has written over 100 books. I like how she treats many issues of our day even though I may not agree with everything she says.

For instance, Unlocked treats autism as well as bullying and resulting suicide. When We Were Young deals with the importance of marriage – i.e. divorce is not an option- but also social media and how it can ruin relationships of all kinds. Further, this book illustrates how we should treat those with cerebral palsy. Because of my work, I enjoy reading about how people respond to those with “disabilities.” Seeing great examples of how to live with these individuals provides profitable instruction.

I would love to hear about your personal reading plan. What are your favorite fiction books / writers? If you avoid fiction, give us your reasons.


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