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Old School Romance Novel

Posted by on August 4, 2011

I visit Challies virtually every morning. I think of the site as the Drudge Report or Huffpo of the reformed theological universe. (That’s meant as a compliment!) One of today’s topics is romance novels. This morning he linked to a “pro” viewpoint. A few weeks back he linked to a “con” viewpoint.

In the con camp, Russell Moore wrote

Pornography and romance novels aren’t (or at least aren’t always) morally equivalent, but they “work” the same way. Both are based on an illusion. Pornography is based on the illusion of a perfectly willing, always aroused partner without the “work” of relational intimacy. Often romance novels or their film equivalents do the same thing for the emotional needs of women that pornography offers for the erotic urges of men. (Emphasis mine)

As a husband of one with six kids under five years of age in his house, that phrase about “the work of relational intimacy” really hit home with me. So I decided to write an Old School Rules romance novel… or novella… OK, it’s a blog post.

An excerpt from my soon to be published bestseller, “Lovemania”

It was two in the morning. Chris had just returned home from work. He walked into the bedroom. He looked into Bethany eyes. Bethany looked into his eyes. This was convenient, because as just stated, he was looking into her eyes.

She had one overwhelming desire. He was there to fulfill her desire. The screaming was loud…  but Chris took the six week old baby downstairs and made a bottle of formula so Bethany could get some sleep.

As Russell Moore alluded, real romance is based on the work of loving and giving to your spouse. Flowers, champagne and candlelight dinners are great, but they’re just spice. The meat and potatoes is joyful, serving work. I know, because the only reason I’m able to type this post is because my wife is taking care of our kids.☺

For more of my babbling on this work, check out 5 Unromantic Ways To Romance The Wife

Keep it Old School my friend,

The Old Man, Chris Dixon

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