I Guess I’m Not Surprised

Our publisher got word from Barnes & Noble today that my wife’s novel, The Armageddon Strain, was left out of consideration for their “Discover Great New Writers” promotion–because of the book’s implicit Christian worldview.

I guess B & N hasn’t heard that the Left Behind novels have sold about 64 million copies through secular outlets.

What was surprising was learning that the reviewer for B & N didn’t even read the book. Apparently the decision to disqualify Armageddon was based on their read of Sharon’s first novel, Winds of Evil, which our publisher included with the submission to demonstrate the quality of their products.

A quick check of the debut authors currently featured by Barnes & Noble reveals two titles (out of 18) that might be considered “religious”. One is a retelling of the story of Esther, and the other is the tale of a missionary overseas.

Investigating further, I notice that none of the blurbs or reviews of the Esther novel even mention God or religious faith; instead, they focus on “the yearnings of a woman’s heart and the obligations imposed on her by fate.” Fate?

The protagonist of the other novel is “a modern-day missionary in Taiwan” who “charts a journey away from reflexive faith and toward a broader understanding of the world and its ways.”

I see. Reflexive faith is bad, a broader understanding of the world is good.

Sigh. Well, count it all joy.

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