Purpose Behind this Blog

Why would I start a blog? Do I need a reason? Why would anyone start a blog? Any purpose works--to share stories, for sanity's sake, to journal, to exchange recipes, to form a club, out of curiosity, etc.

My cause: to follow my passion for reading. What I love, I want to share. I love good books. Uplifting books. So I strive to provide thorough reviews on children, teen, and young adult fantasy novels.

Why fantasy? Because that's the most commonly picked up genre for those age-groups.
Why these age groups? Because I was once in them, and I remember how desperately I searched for life-changing literature.

"Mom, what is Twilight about and can I read it?"
"Why do some people say Harry Potter is bad?"
"Is there a fun Christian fantasy to read?"
These are common questions many parents must try and answer.

"How do I know what to let my child read when I don't know what the books are about?"
This is a common question many parents have had to ask.

My prayer is that this blog, A Quest for Good Writing, will answer those questions for both young readers and their parents (or even old readers and their parents).

When entering bookstores as a child, I searched the Christian shelves for fun adventure novels to bring my imagination to life with every turn of the page.  I succeeded a few times with John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress pulled from between two romance novels, or Tolkien's The Hobbit on the bottom shelf, but more often than not, I meandered to the secular section, disheartened by the lack of child-centered Christian writing.

These secular shelves, though laden with fantasy, adventure, and new worlds, held a threat of danger behind their pages. With every turn, I risked encountering swear words, inappropriate violence, or morals that conflicted with my own. Though many of the books turned out to be decent, I craved soul-satisfying writing...with fantasy and adventure thrown in.

Now, a child no longer, I want to help children, teens, and young adults read good writing with solid morals, or at least discern rewarding messages from harmful themes in current novels.

"Let each of you look out
not only for his own interests,
but also for the interest of others."
Philippians 2:4

I care about the interest of my fellow bookworms and believers (and then some!), and I pray that, just as Christian movie reviews help me choose a decent family film, my Christian book reviews will help you find an uplifting novel.