Aug 23, 2016

Religion in YA - JM Cabral @ Book Freak Revelations || Diverse Reads 2016

Hi Bookworms!

It's been ages since we had a #DiverseReads2016 post here on the blog! We are currently in the religious diversity phase of the challenge, so today we have a guest post on religion in YA! The inclusion of religion in YA and its role in the plot has always been a rather sensitive matter. So today, we have JM Cabral from Book Freak Revelations to give his thoughts on religion in YA.

Religion and Faith, for quite some time now, have played a good role in Young Adult literature. I mean, I’ve to be honest, I haven’t read much of that on print, but whenever I come across books with aspects like those, my interests are easily piqued. 

Anyway, today, I want to talk about how these aspects, Religion and Christian Faith, played their simple parts in making our YA community a lot more profound nowadays. 

Readers from around the world, if you haven’t noticed yet, have already come together to make the reading community a lot stronger. Regardless of race OR religion, even if just through the internet, everyone is doing their part to make the Book Blogging, Bookstagram, and whatever Book Community there is, a safe and people-friendly one for everyone to enjoy. I’ve met tons of bloggers that share similar and/or different beliefs with me, and that never separated us nor our love for the printed word. This just goes to show that we are bigger than what we are in terms of religion, and how we choose to share our beliefs with others. 

Instead of calling out other people because of their religion difference, why not give them a book recommendation? One that would educate, or at least give them a background as to what your religion is and what it stands for? 

My point is, the literary community is a as big as we want it to be, and we shouldn’t waste our time trying to figure out everyone’s differences, but instead, linger on what we have in common and focus on that. Build relationships based on those commonalities, and develop. After all, at the end of the day, we are, and will always be, bonded through our admiration for the printed word.

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