Romancing God : evangelical women and inspirational fiction (Book, 2006) []
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Romancing God : evangelical women and inspirational fiction

Romancing God : evangelical women and inspirational fiction

Author: Lynn S Neal
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Although often disparaged by scholars and pastors alike, Christian romance novels play a unique and important role in the religious lives of many evangelical women. In an ethnographic study of how and why women read evangelical romance novels, Neal interviews and surveys writers and readers and explores the texts themselves. She finds a complex religious piety among ordinary people.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn S Neal
ISBN: 9780807829981 0807829986 9780807856703 0807856703
OCLC Number: 61253862
Description: xii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The history of evangelical romance --
The discipline of fun --
The evaluation of romance --
The ministry of romantic fiction --
The fashioning of faith --
The romance of God.
Responsibility: Lynn S. Neal.
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In the world of the evangelical romance novel, sex and desire are mitigated by an omnipresent third party, the divine. This book states that women's interpretations demonstrate the constant  Read more...


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