Saturday, August 29, 2015

***Warning*** Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

Center of Gravity
Laura McNeill
(Thomas Nelson [registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc] 2015)

Two verses in the Bible come to mind when I read Center of Gravity.
Philippians 4:8
"Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things."

Colossians 2:18
"Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind."

I'm not going to say that this book is good. Despite the flawed point of view of an eight year old or the lack of distinction between the characters' voices, the story is actually promising. BUT it is not a Christian book. It is NOT a clean book nor clean read. IT IS NOT an acceptable read.

I expect more from a Christian fiction book published by a large, well known Christian publishing house. To me, Thomas Nelson has foregone the Gospel and Jesus in exchange for the mighty dollar.

The library, where I reserved a copy, doesn't label this as Christian. The book scan (UPC) on the back doesn't even label it as Christian, but for it to be published under Thomas Nelson, many Christians are hoodwinked into believing that this book is a Christian book.

Below is a list of what this book contains that is expressly against our Christian faith:
I will start with the words first...

P--- (out of context. Use in the place of angry not urine):
p. 22, p. 258 (once said by the eight year old in the story)
p.32, p.279, p.291, p.300
A-- (out of context, meaning butt, not donkey):
p.44, p.65, p.110
H--- (out of context, used as a curse or oath, not as in a place, i.e. eternal hell):
p.46, p.165 (x2), p.216, p.291, p.295
 p. 47, p.49, p.132, p.146, p.164, p.189, p.204, p.205, p.215, p.216, p.264, p.273, p.276, p.297
B----d (out of context, used as a curse/oath/derogatory name, not as an illegitimate offspring):
p.95, p.104, p.105
D----d (out of context, not as a condemning nature of sin, but as an oath/curse):
p.200, p.277

There are also scenes which a Christian and the Christian market will find unacceptable.
One scene of sex that is borderline soft porn in description. 
Homosexuality is written in a way that condones this sin. This not considered acceptable in the Christian market.

Only one religious reference other than taking the Lord's/God's name in vain (3 instances):
Excerpt from Center of Gravity:
"...I send up a silent prayer. To the angels, to the heavens, to all that is good and true in the universe."

This is NOT Christianity. As Christians we are forbidden to pray to angels, the heavens, or to the universe. Our prayers are to God/Jesus alone.

As I mentioned above, Thomas Nelson is a leading publisher in Christian fiction. If it has the Thomas Nelson name and trademark, readers assume that the book is a Christian book. Now as readers we must be wary of these wolves in sheep's clothing. Check the book out thoroughly, read reviews, use the library before spending hard earned money on a book that will pollute the mind. 
Thomas Nelson should be ashamed to have such a book associated with their name.


  1. I don't read Christian with any swear words which is why I don't read Kendig after her book Hawk. IMO, Christian fiction publishing houses should always print clean reads! Thanks for the warning.

    1. I've also read Hawk by Kendig and feel the same. I've come across another book in the fantasy genre that I felt was not appropriate for a Christian book. With this book, I could not remain silent on the issue. I feel like you, it should always be clean.