Let’s Talk About Sex . . . In Christian Fiction

I just finished Courting Morrow Little–Laura Frantz’s second novel. I loved it almost as much as The Frontiersman’s Daughter, which I wrote about here. While I liked Lael Click’s character and story a smidgen more than I did Morrow Little’s, the second book did outpace the first in one area. Romance. Hot, married, Christian romance. And by romance I mean S-E-X.

How about this from page 314 of Courting Morrow Little?

“He took his time, his mouth moving along the damp wisps of her hairline to her ear. Breathless, she freed his hair of its leather tie till it spilled like a black waterfall onto the thin fabric of her nightshift. Oh, but she’d forgotten how sweet he could be . . . how unerringly gentle, even gallant. She felt like a bride again and shut her eyes, remembering how he’d held her that very first time, beside all that rushing water. Only now, with time against them, it was sweeter still.”

This is a passionate scene between two people who are deeply in love, who long for one another, who are . . . married. I won’t tell you which two–you’ll have to read the book. And frankly, the fact that they’re married makes this scene even sexier in my opinion.

All Frantz gives us is kissing and unbound hair and a thin nightshift. There’s nothing scandalous, nothing titillating. Nothing like the romance novels I used to sneak when I was in high school (I know, Mom, you’re shocked). And I vastly prefer Frantz’s love scenes to those much more explicit ones.

Is there sex in Christian fiction? Absolutely. Just like there’s sex in Christian marriages. Hot, lusty, fabulous sex between two people who have pledged their lives to one another before God. It’s not crude, it’s not lewd–it’s just lovely.

I highly recommend Courting Morrow Little. And I highly recommend sex as God intended it–between husbands and wives.

James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

14 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Sex . . . In Christian Fiction

  1. Oh, Sarah! You picked one of my favorite scenes! Love your insights. Married love IS beautiful as God intended and you’re so wise to point this out. John Wayne even said to an author in the CBA years ago, “Sex isn’t a spectator sport.” Amen! “A bold and blessed intoxication” is another quote I love from a noted theologian. And then we always have the Song of Solomon…
    Bless you for sharing your thoughts – which dovetail beautifully with what I try to do in my books.
    Laura

  2. So take it farther. Go all the way. Be bold about it. I’m here to tell you that some Christian women do want to read sex scenes between two loving people. It’s what happens in real life, so writers shouldn’t be afraid to include it. Otherwise books don’t ring true. Readers need to be educated that including sex scenes in Christian novels is not wrong. Instead they are made to feel guilty about wanting to read them. That is bondage.

    1. I know this post is several years old but I totally agree with you. I’m an author of Christian fiction that includes sex for the purpose of showing beautiful freeing love between married couples as well as why God calls us to wait for marriage. I’m so very frustrated with the way I am attacked for this. *Sigh* Sex is not bad. Sex is beautiful and society needs to be re-educated on what sex is really meant to be. I don’t know how to do that re-education without getting into the grit. I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing, my publisher supports me 100%, and I know it’s God’s will for my talent. I’m really tired of the horrible, personal attacks from all those “loving” Christians though.

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  4. Gabrielle Meyer

    Love this post, Sarah! There is magic in Laura’s writing! I don’t know how she does it, but with a few beautiful words, she’s able to paint a picture so clearly. I FEEL the love between her characters–it’s incredible! She offered a deleted scene once from Love’s Reckoning between Silas and Eden, that would have taken place just after their happily-ever-after scene, and it was HOT! I couldn’t believe the tension she created. Wow.

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  6. simon

    Hi Sarah, what are your thoughts on a single Christian, writing fictional stories about a married couple who have sex, do you see this as something healthy for a single person to do?

    1. Now that’s an interesting question! I’m assuming you’re asking if it’s appropriate for a person who is presumably abstinent to write about sex. I can see how it might actually be difficult to write if that person were a virgin with no experience. In that instance, it probably wouldn’t be a great idea. It might work better to just close the couple behind the bedroom door and leave it at that. For someone who was married and now is no longer . . . well, I can’t see how it wouldn’t be healthy unless that person were somehow struggling with sexual issues. Thanks for asking an intriguing question!

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  8. O Maj

    I know this is really late to be replying to this post. I was looking around on sites because I was curious to know how much romance is okay for a romance novel. I’ve been wanting to write my own novels on romance and I prefer more “scandalizing Christian” authors such as Julie Lessman and Francine Rivers. But this site helped me a ton!
    THANK YOU!!!

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