I was so frustrated this week. I had read around 18 hours into a promising trilogy only for the last book in the set to earn itself two more of the three strikes I allow. Strikes you say? What does that mean? I go by a three strike rule when I am reading a book. This was a practice I started way before I started to write reviews. Three strikes and YOUR OUT...or in this case, I will not read any more of the book. I would give books strikes for dropping God attacking expletives/strong expletives, lude scenes, same gender relationships, grotesque scenes, etc. Also, books with an overt theme of honoring evil got the boot as well. I am fully willing to put up with less than perfect writing structure if a writer has a good story to tell. I have never read a book that I haven't found a typo in...including my own (just so you know, I do not give strikes for typos...it happens to all of us!) All that to say, I was very frustrated at a book that under all of the normal circumstances I should have loved, striking out in the last book. Then the thought came to me, "Did you pray about reading this trilogy?" Answer: Nope. Insert image of me smacking my forehead in a "Duh." type moment. *Sigh*
So I suppose that brings up the question, "Should we pray about what we are reading?" In a way, it seems a little silly. Why would God care what book we use to fritter away the time? Books, just like anything else we lay our eyes on/hear with our ears, become a part of us. I wasn't meaning to give a sermon today (super unqualified), but hear me out. In our society we see books/movies/music/etc. as passing forms of entertainment and nothing more, but in truth they shape our thought process and how we view the world. That is why it is so important to read God's word. So He can shape our thought process and how we view the world. Does that make sense? It does to me, and that is why I have always been so picky with my reading. This is also why I want to help others take the guess work out of the arduous process of finding clean fiction to read outside of God's word. With this thought, I encourage YOU to pray over your reading lists. Who knows what God will lead you to read next?
Our Community Activity for this week is:
SUBMIT CLEAN FICTION
I need your help to find more Clean Fiction to review and include in the November Edition of Clean Fiction Magazine. If you know of a book I should review or have written a book that you think I should review, head over to www.CleanFictionMagazine.com and click the "Submissions" link at the top of the page. I have a large list of genre options and I want to collect as much of a variety as I can. I appreciate your help!
How To Enter:
Email a nice photo/graphic of your
BOOK FAN ART along with
Name of Book Character
Book that the Character Comes From
The information you send will only be used for the purposes of the contest and will not be given or sold to anyone else. If you want more small print follow this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sHGBHHgFSOhacccfO7NlNJEgs-cNAViiXN3J4dr0-sI/edit?usp=sharing
Submissions Open Through August 31, 2021
On September 1, 2021, voting for the best fan art will begin! All of the photos sent will appear on the "Vote" page and anyone who is interested can vote on the winner. The winner will receive a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD and will have their fan art printed in the Winter Edition 2021 of Clean Fiction Magazine. The TOP 6 (the winner is included in the 6) will also be printed in the Winter Edition along with the characters name and the book where the character comes from. If you win and do not want your real name printed, that is perfectly fine. Good luck and have fun! May the BEST Book Fan Art Win!
Time to VOTE!
The Book Cosplay Contest voting has begun! All of the photos sent in now appear on the "Vote" page on www.CleanFictionMagazine.com and anyone who is interested can vote on the winner. The winner will receive a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD and will have their photo printed in the Winter Edition 2021 of Clean Fiction Magazine. The TOP 6 (the winner is included in the 6) will also be printed in the Winter Edition along with the characters name and the book where the character comes from. Voting will conclude August 31, 2021.
May the BEST Book Cosplay Win!
Clean Fiction Magazine will be having a poetry section that will feature single poems as well as poetry books! If you have a poem that you would like to share, we may be able to print it for you!!! You can send your poem or poetry book information to CleanFictionMagazine@gmail.com or visit CleanFictionMagazine.com and submit your poem/poetry book under the "Submissions" tab. I will respond with an email detailing whether or not we will print it in our Poetry Section. Be warned: we have limited space in the November 2021 issue so make sure you don't wait!
Hoping all of you wonderful "Clean Fiction" readers out there have a great day!
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