I’ve been thinking about the book reviews in my last two posts.

The issues I had with both books had to do with the faith of the characters. It bothered me that the characters didn’t show a deep faith. I figured out why I had a problem with that.

You see, I want a deep abiding faith. I don’t want  the only thing people can say about me at my death is, “she always attended church.” Attending church is easy. In fact, you can sit in church with a smile on your face while your mind is in some other far away place called imagination. No, that is easy. Instead, I want more.

Why?

Because I know a man who was also God. He came for the purpose of freeing slaves. Slaves to sin.

And he freed me. Therefore I don’t want a mediocre faith–Lukewarm.

Revelation 3:15-17 (New International Version)

15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

If you take the church and prayer out of Rose House, the story doesn’t change much.

For instance if a character is on drugs at the beginning of the book, and not at the end, I want to see how faith in God–through the person of Jesus–made a difference. I didn’t see that.

Now had that same exact story come from the secular arm of that publisher, I would not have had the same response. It was published by the Christian division. In my opinion the book could have been published as a secular book and could have sold well there(in general, I liked the story).

I read secular books. I don’t expect to see a strong faith element. But from a Christian publisher, I do.

I don’t know? What are your thoughts?