There was a time when fiction was categorized in just a few main categories, the most popular being science fiction, horror, romance, and the western. Today’s readers, however, have taken on more complex tastes, giving writers more freedom when writing their stories. One of the most popular “sub-genres” of fiction that authors like Karen Kingsbury and Beverly Lewis are taking advantage of, is Inspirational Fiction. Much like Stephen King’s work in the eighties and nineties, authors who are writing inspirational books are flying off the shelves in record numbers.
So, what is causing the current popularity in inspirational fiction as opposed to horror or Sci Fi? Many would argue that it is a return to faith in the aftermath of recent global events like the World Trade Center attack and the Myanmar cyclone. This may very well be the case, as people struggle to make sense of events that are happening around them-they need something to give them hope. Others would say that, perhaps, the old genre favorites are simply running out of steam. After all, there is only so much to be said for werewolves or space aliens. The average reader is naturally thirsty for something different, and inspirational or Christian fiction fits the bill. Whatever the reason behind its current popularity, writing inspirational books has proved a profitable endeavor for many aspiring authors.
If you are looking for a little pick me up, or you want to delve into a book that is sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside; you may consider picking up a book by one of the following authors.
– Karen Kingsbury is, at the time of this writing, the number one inspirational author in the country. She has been deemed “The Queen of Christian Fiction” and her books are now a name brand: Life Changing Fiction. Her stories generally revolve around God’s grace and redemption-even if her books don’t always have a fairytale ending. Her most recent work is “Sunset”, which is the latest installment in the popular Baxter series.
– Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are probably names you recognize. They are the overwhelmingly successful creators of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books. On the off chance you have never heard of their work, the Chicken Soup books are collections of true and inspirational stories sent in by readers. The books cover a variety of topics; from love and romance to the death of a loved one.
– Ted Dekker draws his inspiration from the darker sides of spirituality in his book Adam. His own experiences of fear, after watching Dark Shadows, led him to reveal the true darkness that lies on the other side, and the powerful grace of God that can deliver us.
This is but a sampling of the throngs of Christian and Inspirational books and writers that are available.