It is refreshing to pick up a good wholesome book, identify with a Christian character who is just trying to make Godly decisions in a messed up world. You know as you turn each page, you won't be slammed with a sex scene that makes you blush while your toddlers play on the floor next to you, and you won't find words that give you a sudden appetite for a big ol' bar of soap.
But what if you opened a Christian fiction book, and characters you grow to love don't follow Christ, and never do in the story?
Well, of course we can, but what if we don't end the book with everyone stepping over that faith line...what if we have these types of characters and with great frustration on the readers part, they have no spiritual growth whatsoever? Maybe they are present in the story to highlight a specific theme. Or they push the protagonist along a journey towards God involuntarily.
Another question—Can we write a main character who embraces Grace for the above ungodly folks, and expect our readers to do the same?
Is this a risk in the CBA market?
What do you think?