I asked a pastor several months ago about the possibility of him writing a book. He fired back “Aren’t there enough Christian books out there already?” After bemoaning the glut of contemporary publications some more he concluded with “Why can’t people just read the classics?” He posed an interesting pair of questions: do we need more books or are the ones available now enough?
I’ll pose a question of my own: why don’t people ask the same thing of novels? When a new critically acclaimed novel hits the shelves people flock to purchase it and nobody but nobody grumps about it. Sure, there are plenty of people who promote and defend classic literature, but even the majority of them don’t dislike that more novels are published every month. Why do novels get a pass that non-fiction books don’t?
Because they’re interesting and they connect with readers. People can’t get enough stories, but information and instructions get old quickly.
And that’s really the issue with Christian books: not enough of them are actually interesting. . .