Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction

Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction

by Lynn S. Neal

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ISBN-13: 9780807877197
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 12/08/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Lynn S. Neal is assistant professor of religion at Wake Forest University.

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Bring[s] to light the many ways in which [inspirational novels] both underscore and undermine the readers' religious faith. . . . Unbiased and well-researched.—Georgia Library Quarterly



Refreshing. . . . Neal has underlined the multiple effects of writing, reading, and women's negotiation of faith and everyday practices. . . . Insightful.—Journal of Religion



Neal's book is a page-turner itself, tracking the widespread popularity of Christian romance novels and analyzing their appeal to ordinary readers. Hers is a lively but nuanced view of evangelical Protestant belief, bypassing the tired stereotypes of the culture wars to describe a female piety of 'divine romance' that is at once deeply moral yet open to pleasure, spiritually passionate and surprisingly tolerant of human difference.—Margaret Bendroth, author of Fundamentalism and Gender, 1875 to the Present



This excellent book analyzes the ways in which many contemporary evangelical women read religious romance novels as part of a dynamic religious piety. Focusing on readers' connection to a romancing God, Neal makes a bold and perceptive contribution to the study of evangelical views of sexuality, pleasure, relationships, and everyday aesthetics. Beautifully written, this is a first-rate addition to the scholarly literature on evangelicalism and patterns of female devotion.—R. Marie Griffith, Princeton University



Enhances understanding and provides good material for meaningful dialogue.—Stone-Campbell Journal



A wonderfully readable and engaging book.—Sociology of Religion

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