Thoroughly Modern–this summer’s books reflect changes that have transformed the CF (Christian fiction) genre in recent years. Female protagonists, in particular, have abandoned their traditionally submissive roles to drive the action of many contemporary Christian novels. Young women will root for high-spirited Cassidy Cantrell, the memorable heroine of Melody Carlson’s THESE BOOTS WEREN’T MADE FOR WALKING, Essie Spreckelmeyer, the antiheroine of Deeanne Gist’s COURTING TROUBLE, is everything a romance novel leading lady is not; Angela Hunt’s THE ELEVATOR takes readers on a thrill ride as three desperate women tackle their problems during a hurricane; and Delia Parr’s DAY BY DAY addresses the growing social issue of grandmothers raising their own grandchildren.
I love it! I’ve been saying for YEARS that Christian fiction isn’t what it used to be (if indeed it ever as as insipid as some would have you believe), and here’s proof. Kudos to Library Journal for proclaiming that our females are alive and soaring!