Fiction isn’t edifying

I noticed our church’s bookstore/restaurant had a few empty shelves this past Sunday.

It was the fiction shelves.

I stopped by the desk on the way out and asked if they were phasing out the fiction.The girl said “Yes, making room for more …” she looked up, and searched her mouth with her tongue for a word, “edifying books.”


I will admit that I never pay full retail so I didn’t contribute to keeping fiction in stock there. My point: I was done with school and a married mom before I willingly read a non fiction book.

It was Liz Curtis Higgs, Bad Girls of the Bible. Those who have read it know each chapter starts with a fiction or fiction-style story. I don’t know if I would have transitioned without it.

Even still, I skim most non fiction with the thought that they stretched a fabulous article 200 pages too long.

I’m not going to argue that some believe a movement began with Uncle Tome’s Cabin, I’ll leave those essays to the literary.

But I will say–think of the demographic lost! The readers who can only be reached through fiction. More and more my heart turns to the young adults (YA) who read plenty, but have their non fiction quota filled with school required material.

Leave a fiction title which moved you. For me, the very first title was “Where the Red Fern Grows.”

7 thoughts on “Fiction isn’t edifying

  1. Hilarey says:

    >Speaking of crying when you read to kids–I couldn't finish The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I had to pass it off to my daughter, who immediately choked up and passed it to my youngest. He read it quickly and took off.

  2. Diana Dart says:

    >Anne of Green Gables is the earliest I can think of, but there were sooooooo many. Can't imagine life without fiction. And my kids are hungry for it.

  3. Craaaazy Laaady says:

    >My favorites as a kid were the "Little House" series. I see fiction as a glimpse into someone else's imagination.

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