Hello! If you’ve read any of my reviews, you may have noticed that I include a “Following Good” section near the end. Part of my mission for this blog is to evaluate books from a Christian perspective and share that perspective for anyone else who may be interested (I assume primarily other Christians). Just to be clear, I am not trying to judge anyone who doesn’t agree with me! I just want to make this information about the books I read available for anyone who is interested. For details on what I include in this section, and why I include these elements, please see below!
I evaluate langauge based on its frequency and seriousness. Taking the God’s name in vain or using crass language is weighted less seriously than taking Jesus’s name in vain or using the F-word. If the profanity, regardless of its seriousness, only appears a handful of times versus in every chapter, I tend to see it as fairly minor. Obviously these judgements are pretty subjective, but hopefully that gives you an idea of how I categorize language.
I evaluate sexual content mainly on its explicitness. If there are frequent kissing scenes, but few details are given, I consider it fairly minor. I will mention any sex scenes that are included, but I still view it as moderate if few explicit details are added. Any explicit sexual scenes, even if they don’t end with actual intercourse, are considered serious. Anything non-consensual will be mentioned, regardless of its explicitness.
Biblically, sex should be within the confines of marriage. Regardless of whether or not the characters are married, I evaluate sexual content on explicitness. The books I read are meant to be read by teenagers, not adult married people. If you’d like to see the biblical basis for my views on sexual content, please see Hebrews 13:4, 1 Corinthians 6:18, and 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5.
I generally evaluate LGBT content based on the number of LGBT characters and the explicitness of the LGBT sexual content. If a couple of supporting characters are LGBT and their orientation plays a very small role in the book, I consider it minor. If supporting LGBT characters have major roles in the story, and their orientation and/or relationship becomes imporant or emphasized, I consider it moderate. If main or POV characters are LGBT or if any explicit details are given, I view it as serious.
Just to be clear, I am not trying make anyone feel judged or discriminated against. I am, however, trying to keep my views biblical. If you’d like to read the verses I base my views on, please see Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:26-27.
There is no direct biblical basis for this one, I just think it’s useful to know what religions are portrayed in books. I don’t necessary evaluate mild to severe, but I will discuss any religions that are included. If I feel like the religion causes an issue (for example, Bible verses taken out of context or occult content), I will discuss it.