I had an interesting exchange with a friend recently about books for women. One of the ideas that my friend suggested was that because women are apparently more relationship-driven, we will tend to read the books written by women with whom we can see ourselves being friends.
So, that means Stephen Charnock is probably not a favourite among women, because not only is he dead, but he's rather long-winded, and we may not feel an affinity with him. The same may go for someone like D.A. Carson, who while living, is not only a man, but someone who writes difficult theological books. My friend's assertion is that almost all theology books are "dry."
I find that rather fascinating. It bears a lot of thought. Women buy lots of books. Women buy lots of Christian books. Is this why some female authors are more popular than others?
I tried to think about some of the books I've enjoyed over the past couple of years. I've met two of the authors of books I've read recently. I knew them both before I read their books. I read their books because I knew them and their writing, and could see easily how their books would be good.
I'll continue to mull that idea over.