I have received three book by John Grisham and am wondering if anyone has any of his books in their church library.  I have them in my personal library and they are good mystery/suspense books that do not have vulgar language and no sex.  However, they are certainly not faith-based novels.  Do any of you have books of this type in your libraries?

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  • We have children's classics that don't have a Christian message but that's all. There are probably a lot out there that would be OK but we want everyone to be able to receive encouragement or be able to relate .

  • Dianne May adds the following to our conversation:

    Our church library does have some of Grisham's books.  We have the Theodore Boone books as well as some of his other books because we believe Christians need to grapple with things like capital punishment, and Grisham does a good job of presenting these type of issues. 

  • The only one of his that could be there is Testament- the gospel is in there; main character finds Christ from a missionary.   It's a good read.   My collection policy does not allow for books without a Christian witness/gospel.   I prefer the books where it isn't tacked on at the very end.   I also do not have any of his juvenile series- no gospel there.   They are very good reads (had to try one or two), but nothing.   

  • We do not have Grisham's adult novels in our library, but we do have the Theodore Boone series.  I'm a fan of his books, but we don't include many novels that aren't Christian in nature because of space considerations. Besides Parshall, we have books by Randy Singer who writes good legal novels with a Christian perspective. 

    • Susan, thank you for the suggestion of Randy Singer.  I will check them out.

  • I have enjoyed John Grisham's legal novels as much as anybody, but we do not have them in our library.  I gladly direct readers to novelists such as Robert Whitlow or Craig Parshall (Chambers of Justice series), both of whom have written a number of legal thrillers but with a Christian message.

    • Brian, I am a great fan of Robert Whitlow's books.  Just learned about him last year.  Thank you so much for mentioning Craig Parshall, another that I had not heard of.  I am certainly going to look into his Chambers of Justice series.  Thanks again!

  • Our Enrichment Center team differs among ourselves as to what to do with the Grisham books in our collection. We compromised by agreeing to keep the book The Testament because it has the plan of salvation in the storyline. BTW, we also have a place on our counter for books that some of our people would question. This way our team members can give readers a heads up if they want to check it out.

    • Several people now have mentioned The Testament by John Grisham.  I am going to make a point to read that book.  Thank you.

  • Our church library does have Grisham's Theodore Boone series in the older children's area.  The first book was recommended by one of my team who was, at the time, middle school librarian and wanted to add books  that had good family values and were morally sound.  I read it and was hooked.  These are not Christian books but Theodore's mom and day take him to church and they say a blessing before meals.  They go one night a week to feed the homeless and Theodore helps the children with homework.  He is in middle school.  Since both parents are lawyers, his school mates thinks he is a lawyer too and frequently bring their troubles to him for advice - hence the books get into situations that kids have to face, and gives good guidance how to handle these.  Central Baptist, Decatur, AL does not put these in their library because their selection policy states that if an author's adult books do not meet the standards, their children's books cannot be added to the collection.  We do not have that in ours.  Our library team did evaluate this series and decided they would be a good fit for us.  We do not put his adult books in our collection.  Hope this helps.

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