Deborah often mentions the lack of diversity in Christian fiction, and I definitely think it's something we should talk about more as I observe that many Christians do not feel that Christian fiction represents their own Christian experience.
Do you think Christian fiction represents a diverse range of belief, Christian experience, skin color, and nationality? Have you ever read a book and realized you hadn't read anything quite like it in Christian fiction before? Have you ever wished an author would take a different point of view? Do you think that avid readers of Christian fiction are open to more diversity in Christian fiction? What are some stand-out examples of books that represent diversity in Christian fiction?
I don't believe Christian fiction represents a diverse range of color or nationality. Yes, there are several African-American authors e.g. Sharon Ewell Foster and as for Asian-American, there's only Camy Tang.
I feel like Christian fiction is very homogenized. It's all white, all the time. I'm not saying I have a problem with it, because I'm Caucasian and can relate to the people in the stories I read. I wouldn't have a lot in common with the struggles of slaves in the 1800's, I wouldn't understand what it was like to live in a Japanese camp in the early 1900's, etc. That's not to say I wouldn't want to read about their experience or enjoy a novel set in that time with their point of view.
I do wish there were more novels that covered topics such as divorced Christians. I read a novel several years ago about a lady with a weight issue and she got the guy. I loved that novel!! All the women and men are always the good looking ones.
Amish, regency, and novels that cover other time periods give us a wonderful view of times past. I wish that authors didn't always end the novel with the two people living happily ever after. Maybe they end up just being the best of friends, and that's ok.
What authors have you read that bring diversity into Christian fiction?