Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I have often wondered what the difference is between a Christian novel and an Inspirational novel. Lately I think I have been getting the two mixed up. Or, are they interchangeable? Are they one and the same? I would love to hear what you think! Leave a comment with your opinion.


  1. I think there are some people who make a distinction, but I am not one of them. I use the terms interchangeably.

    But I've heard that Inspirational also covers the up and coming market of Mormon fiction, so there's an example of how they're not the same.

    Some people think inspirational is less blatent with the faith element.

  2. I'm leaning towards that Joy in that I think inspirational is less "in your face" about salvation. Here is what a friend wrote: "I haven't read your article yet, but, in my humble opinion, a Christian novel is going to point to Christ, and an inspirational novel will usually point to the 'good' in people or other uplifting, feel-good, motivational venue to self."

    I think I agree with her. That's not to say that I don't like inspirational. I love Christian books, and I like a good inspirational read because it is clean and usually uplifting without too much preaching.