I'm going to interrupt this broadcast . . . .

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sorry for breaking into the regularly scheduled programming folks however . . . I just have to say something . . . as blog influencer, I can't sit by and continue to read blog after blog and not say something about what is happening to the precious men and women who write these wonderful books that are graciously placed in our hands to read. Yes we are to give a review, but does that review mean that we're to tear the book to shreds, and the author. I don't think so! I also don't think that as we give the review for the book we're to do it without GRACE! I mean seriously! God is all about GRACE! If you've never seen this acronym let me show it to you. GRACE = God's Resources At Christ's Expense! That is what GRACE is and that is what we're called to do, and if we can't show that kind of GRACE in reviewing a book that has been given to us, then please don't say anything. Words hurt, and as James 3:9-12 says With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father; and we with it we curse men who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James is making it very clear that our mouths can do both yet we need to use our words wisely.

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I agree with you to a point. I think we as reviewers and bloggers are obligated to give our honest opinions of the books we review. However, we still need to respect the authors and their work. If any of you out there are writers, as I am, you know how much of yourself goes into each piece that you write whether it's a magazine piece or a novel. Whether we like how something is written or not we should still show the author respect. If you don't like a book I think it's ok to say so, but use a little bit of tact and give criticism that is meant to build up, not tear down the writer...

Just me two cents...

 
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