BOOKS: THE ALMIGHTY TO THE RESCUE

THERE'S NO SEX, NO PROFANITY, NO GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE, BUT WITH THE LORD'S HELP, CHRISTIAN NOVELS ARE RACKING UP BIG SALES

Deliverance at last for pretty Ariana after her ordeal. Kidnapped from her classroom by violent outlaws. Imprisoned in the wild with only a slop pail. Forced to endure the pitch-black terrors of a deep cave. Safe at last in her aunt's warm house, she gives thanks. "How wonderful," she muses, "to know that God never lost control."

No, never once. For this is the world of Christian fiction, where the Almighty works in less than mysterious ways: a savage avenger to the wicked, an infinitely thoughtful deity to those who worship him, a parent capable of providing every little thing, down...

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