I see so much of my own motivation for writing in this article. I have read a lot of Amish fiction and can’t help but wonder now if you wrote any of it.
I have discovered in my reading of Christian fiction that there are at least two approaches. Some let their faith seep into their books naturally. Others hit you over the head with it. I prefer the first approach. Some authors who use the second approach seem to feel that unless there isn’t a flat-out Gospel sermon in the book it isn’t Christian enough. So they find a place to insert it in an obvious way. That makes it easy for those who want to avoid it to skip over it and get back to the plot. Some of those authors have characters you’d never know were Christians unless they spoke.
The Christian novels I like best are those where faith is an integral part of the plot and doesn’t look like an add-on. If faith permeates the plot, it’s hard to skip. And it’s much more realistic.