“*WARNING* This book contains offensive language not necessary to the story. Other than that the writing is good. The plot moves at a nice pace, the characters feel like real people and the descriptors make you feel like you are part of the story. Sad that such good writing is tainted with bad language.” So reads my review of the latest book I read.
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I don’t ordinarily read fiction that isn’t recommended by someone I trust or comes from the Christian book store. I once picked up a book at Wal-Mart in the religious section only to find that the story about a murder in an Amish family contained horrible language. I will give the author credit for only having the lawyer and police detectives talk that way.
When I ran into the first curse word on page seven of the book I just finished, I was surprised and then I had a dilemma – do I continue reading (I was already involved in the lives of these characters) or do I throw the book away (I couldn’t pass it along to any one in my circle of book-swapping friends) and hope no one sees it in my trash at the Convenience Center and takes it out to read it? What a pickle.
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I had a discussion via e-mail with the author of the Amish mystery. I asked why a writer of her caliber included such language. Her response was that she wanted it to represent real life. All the lawyers and detectives she knew talked like that. It made me sad for her. And for me. She is an excellent writer, far above most I’ve read, but I won’t get to read any of her other books because I’m not willing to compromise on bad language for a good read.
Throughout history, there have been writers who were positive influencers on society. What if we writers don’t accept “real life” as our benchmark? What would happen if we penned vision on our pages instead of venom?
Jesus tells us that at judgment we will answer for every careless word we’ve spoken. I wonder if that includes the careless words we’ve written as well.
Going out with joy today, pondering life-
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” Matthew 12:36 ESV