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Because it is often difficult to determine which books fit into the category of inspirational fiction according to a strict set of rules, libraries often include explanations and sometimes, even disclaimers , such as the following:.

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Please note: The books listed here cover a wide variety of genres and types, from traditional inspirational fiction authors such as June Masters Bacher and Janette Oke, to thrillers such as those written by Paul Meier and fantasy and science fiction titles by J. Tolkien and C. In addition, many titles address issues of faith from unconventional viewpoints. Some readers may question the suitability of titles that do not fit their personal view of what constitutes inspirational fiction; we simply ask that you keep in mind that individual readers' tastes vary.

If you have questions about particular titles, please let us know. One library distinguishes between inspirational fiction and the smaller category of religious fiction by noting that "inspirational fiction is more broad based. Instead of dwelling on the religious aspects of faith, they emphasize morals, values and life lessons.

In the UK, "inspirational fiction" or, more commonly, "inspirational lit" or "inspi-lit" is sometimes used as another term for " misery lit , a term "that describes a genre of biographical literature mostly concerned with the protagonist's triumph over personal trauma or abuse, often during childhood. Some authors have said they write in order to come to terms with their traumatic memories, and to help readers do the same. However, critics locate the genre's popular appeal in its combination of moral outrage and titillation.

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Some writers, including psychotherapist and author, Michael Gurrian, are promoting the term, " visionary fiction ," for some inspirational fiction. Possibly a subgenre of "inspirational fiction," he adds to the definition of growth and the overcoming of obstacles the fact that this genre is "fiction in which the expansion of the human mind drives the plot. Some well-known books, like Golf in the Kingdom , by Michael Murphy , "defied categorization" when it was first published in , described as "an altogether unique confluence of fiction, philosophy, myth, mysticism, enchantment, and golf instruction.

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Another category that is sometimes associated with "inspirational fiction" is "gentle fiction. However, as one library instructor puts it, "In the last two decades the genre has expanded beyond the gentle read to follow the reading interests of the general public," to include titles that might be called "edgy inspirational fiction. This genre is often used to identify works categorized by a lack of profanity and portrayal of explicit sex. However, like other genres linked to "inspirational fiction," precise definitions of this category vary as well.

One used bookstore list begins with the explanation:. By this category, we mean those lovely little books that tells stories of characters wrestling with life's ordinary problems, rather than global ones. Our customers like them because they don't aim to shock you, just to lull you into a good, thoughtful read. Sometimes books in this category are referred to as "gentle reads," and again definitions vary, but often are close to this public library description: [21]. With charm and humor, these novels explore the everyday joys, frustrations, and sorrows of lives quietly led.

They typically revolve around the activities of a small community of people, such as a small town, a church, or a gathering of friends. The realities of sex, violence, and other passions are downplayed and are never presented in a graphic manner.

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Although the genre was once largely dominated by British authors, American authors in the vein of Jan Karon are now extremely popular. It may be easier to classify a book as inspirational fiction based on the goal of the writer and, of course, the plot of the book , rather than the effect on the reader, since personal choice, taste, and even personal beliefs are factors that affect the way a book can "inspire" a reader. At least one study has revealed that gender may also be a factor in a reader's reaction to inspirational literature.

In a study of inspirational literature that men considered to have affected their lives following a similar study regarding women , [22] Professor Lisa Jardine found that "a substantial number of men were immediately able to identify their most inspirational novel. Women, in general found it more difficult with many ultimately choosing a shortlist rather than one single book. Tolkien , The Catcher in the Rye by J.

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Salinger , and—the only book written by a female that made the list of "top twenty" inspirational books for men -- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird was also only one of four books to be included in the top twenty list for both men and women. Some object to the category of inspirational fiction, based on the idea that a book that is "inspirational" to one reader may not be inspirational to another, and therefore the category is too subjective to be used in an appropriate way.

On the other side of the question, it is argued that the category is useful even if it is not completely objective, and there are some authors whose works are written for the specific purposes that would be included in such a categorization. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. City of London Ontario Public Library.

Grenat begins by sharing a poem penned forty-eight years ago about her mother and continues through her Swedish family tree as she reflects on her relationships and gratitude for being born into a Christian family who taught her important values and gave her all the love she ever wanted. As Grenat moves through her life, she shares essays and poems about meeting her husband and falling in love, the grief that surrounded losing him to Alzheimer's, the joys of loving her children and grandchildren, and miscellaneous thoughts that focus on the importance of faith, family, and unconditionally caring for others who need us.

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Inspirations from the Heart shares one woman's poetic reflections that will inspire others to embrace their uniqueness, as well as the joys and hope that come with every new day. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Learn more. About the Author Marilyn Sandberg Grenat is a widow, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loves all her family. Read more. Start reading Inspirations from the Heart on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Chance to win daily prizes. Get ready for Prime Day with the Amazon App. No purchase necessary.

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