Pam posted a lengthy comment to my DiVinci code post. She had questions about participating in neighborhood book clubs that may choose to read and discuss books that would not necessarily be what she would choose to read. Two books she mentioned were My Sister’s Keep and the DiVinci Code.
Well, I probably shouldn’t tackle this right now. I’m at a friend’s home in another state, and we are supposedly headed out for a day trip in just over an hour. So I will shoot from the hip and may need to revisit.
First, it is really up to you. I know a number of Christians who participate in neighborhood book clubs for the reason of getting to know their neighbors and perhaps being salt and light among people who don’t know the Lord. When it is their turn to choose a novel, they choose a Christian novel. When it is the choice of others, then they read some books they may not like or may have trouble with the spirituality that might be included. I think this can be a wonderful way of speaking truth into situations, but only the believer can know if they can do this.
As it happens, I have read both of the books named above. Another one that I read several years back that was such a huge hit was The Red Tent. I tend to listen to most mainstream bestsellers in audio books, and both The Red Tent and DiVinci Code had me shouting at the tape, “That’s not scriptural!” or “That’s untrue!” I enjoyed DiVinci Code as a novel. I liked My Sister’s Keeper but wasn’t enthralled with it.
I went to a Christian women’s retreat shortly after reading The Red Tent, and there were some women raving about the book. I had to speak up and remind them that the Bible certainly does not portray Jacob and his sons the way that novel did. While there were tidbits of the Old Testament story included, it was very fictionalized, written from a strong feminist “most-men-are-weak-worthless-no-goods” POV. Was it well written? Yes. But did it give a skewed view of what the Bible says? Absolutely. And I discovered that even some Christians (those who were not well-versed in the Old Testament) simply thought it must be true.
Maybe I’ve talked in circles, but there are now four people talking in the kitchen and I’ve lost my train of thought. Hopefully, I’ve answered the question a little. Perhaps I’ll revisit later.