Saturday, January 4, 2014

What Books Make the Cut?

Bookshelf

Christian Books Free is growing and expanding, and we’ve been fine-tuning how we do things. When we first started, we shared almost anything free, but we’ve made a lot of adjustments since then. Now that we’ve added Christian Fiction Free and Christian Books Cheap, we have an even wider selection to pick from. Here are a few of the guidelines we follow when deciding what books to feature.

Quality

It may be wrong to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes that’s all we have to go by. If it’s immediately apparent that minimal effort was put into a book, we probably aren’t going to feature it. We also look for things like obvious typos in the book description. We love helping self-published authors spread the word about their books—as long as they’ve taken the time to offer quality workmanship.

Content

As our name implies, almost everything we feature will be from a Christian perspective. However, we try not to discriminate according to denominational or theological preference—we’d post books for and against Calvinism on the same day if they’re both good deals.

That said, we won’t include anything from cults such as Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. We also try to avoid authors from the Word of Faith movement due to the particular harm they cause in addition to their theological aberrations.(1) Also, when it comes to Christian fiction, we feel convicted to steer clear of romance novels because of their potential to create unrealistic expectations and cause dissatisfaction.(2)

If you don’t share our convictions, that’s fine. You’ll just have to look elsewhere for such books.

Price

We’re all about free here! The free books will always take priority, but we also like to share some almost-free deals on Christian Books Cheap. For us, “almost free” usually means $3.00 or less, though we occasionally make exceptions for books that were originally much more expensive, books that are particularly popular, and books that are just exceptionally good. We also hold the almost-free books to a higher standard of quality and content than the free books.

And that’s pretty much it. What it comes down to is this—we want to help you find great books without breaking your budget! What do you think? Are we succeeding so far?


1. For more on the Word of Faith movement, see Justin Peters’ A Call For Discernment. (Back)

2. For more on Christian romance novels, see Russell Moore’s “Can Romance Novels Hurt Your Heart?” (Back)