My husband is a lucky man…. I went to the video store last night hoping to find a good movie for us to stay up late with. I came home empty-handed and went to bed early. Every movie I was even slightly interested in, we’d either already seen or was a “chick flick.” And there’s why my husband is so lucky. I rarely bring a chick flick home, and almost never do I ask him to watch one with me or take me to one (though he would because he’s sweet). Out of our vast DVD collection, I think we own maybe three that would be considered chick flicks.
I figure why subject my husband to them when I rarely enjoy them myself anymore? When I do watch today’s romance or romantic comedy, I’m usually disappointed, disgusted even. I’ll admit I get my fill of the genre by working on Heartsong and trying to keep up with what else is on the inspirational market. But mainly I just hate the way Hollywood typically portrays “romance” these days. No matter how great the story, I often find myself so annoyed with the characters for hopping into bed so casually that I end up not caring what happens to them. That’s why in our DVD collection and most things we choose to watch, if there is romance, it’s usually on the sidelines to good adventure, mystery, suspense, and/or comedy.
Working with teen girls at church and trying to help them battle all the world tells them is “right” about “love” leaves me with little tolerance for most movies’ (not to mention TV and secular publishing’s) mockery of God’s truth about real love and romance.
So, thank you, inspirational romance authors, who write great love stories that are based on God, who is love, and His undeniable Word. You make my work so meaningful, and I hope you realize how meaningful your work is, too. Lest you forget some days in the midst of writer's block or endless edits, here’s a little reminder from a letter I received from a reader awhile back:
I would like to start by saying thank you. I have been reading romances off and on for years. I always had a relationship with God but I usually kept him at a distance. My daughter and I were at the library and found a lot of your books on a for-sale shelf….
Well I had never heard of a Christian romance book. So I looked them over and chose a few of them and bought them to read. Well let me tell you I haven’t been able to stop reading them to this day. These are the most awesome books I have ever owned and here is my blessing: My relationship with God has gotten so much stronger since I started and I also read my Bible more as well.
So I thought I should write and tell you what a change in my heart and peace of mind your books have helped me with. So thank you for publishing them and I look forward to buying more in the future.”