Breaking the Spell in 2023
Renouncing magic for a dirty faith.
The allure of magic is more significant than you suspected.
Over the holidays, I walked into Barnes & Noble for the first time in a while. I, unfortunately, didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did notice a small change in the layout of the store that I couldn’t help but think was emblematic of our times.
I grew up spending many hours at this particular Barnes & Noble, and, while the Christian section would never have been considered expansive, it was still well stocked enough to be able to find good books to read. But when I walked in the other day, there were two things I noticed:
While the Christian section still occupied the same shelf space that it always had, more than half of the shelf space was stocked with Christian romance novels. Instead of the small corner it used to occupy, many of the theology and Christian living books were replaced with romance novels. Even the section with “normal” theology and Christian living books was mostly dominated by a handful of celebrity Christian’s ghostwritten books.
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