Some of my favorite Christian fiction novels

Awhile back, my friend Beck, at Frog and Toad are Still Friends, lamented the lack of good Christian fiction. I took issue with her comment and promised her a list of excellent Christian authors and books I have read. It took me a little bit of forever to write up interesting descriptions for them all… I’m just not good at that sort of thing. Obviously, my personal list of descriptive words is rather limited.

Since it took so much time to write it up, I decided to share my list with all of you.

Aren’t you lucky!

I’m not into all of the mushy, sappy icky type reading. I like things that are either suspenseful (including supernatural) or very real and relate-able. I also like books that are just fun reads.

So here are some of the Christian authors and their books that I have read and love! Please, oh, please, keep in mind that I am not very good with descriptions. So, if my description sounds painfully pathetic to you, don’t discard it! I’ve also linked to the book info and the author’s websites. Several of the sites allow you to read excerpts and or chapters.

Ted Dekker
His books are intensely spiritual and supernatural. There is always a mystery; some times there is gore. But it all has deep Godly undertones. He has a series called the Martyr’s Song (see here) that blew me away. I loved all of his books (here is the listing at and can’t recommend them enough. He has an intense love for the Lord. Several of his books either already have been made into movies or are in the works.

Frank Peretti
His style is a lot like Ted Dekker’s. In fact, they collaborated on a book together. Supernatural, spiritual warfare. Awesome books.

Angela Hunt
I think that her books are pretty relate-able. They sometimes have some sort of romantic-interest thing going on, but it’s never anything goofy or annoying or even a significant part of her books.
I loved The Debt, The Awakening, The Pearl, The Canopy, The Note and Unspoken. I have gotten behind in her books – she has so many come out in the past year. One of the things I like is that they tend to deal with ethical topics that we are faced with in our society.

She also wrote a series that I LOVED, called The Island of Heavenly Daze. The characters reminded me a lot of the characters in Steel Magnolias. But since it is set in a New England type setting, without the southern accents. It is a 5 book series and it was sweet and funny.

Charles Martin
His books blow me away. Being from the Southern US may have something to do with it… his books are set in the south. But they are very well-written and also intense and emotional. The characters stay with you – very haunting books. I’ve also gotten behind on his books and have only read The Dead Don’t DanceMaggie and Wrapped in Rain. All of his book links on his site have a link where you can read the first chapter of the books.

Kathryn Mackel
I’ve only read 2 of her books, but they dealt with some great topics. I read The Surrogate and The Departed.

Colleen Coble
I’ve only read the Rock Harbor series. It is set in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan and they are suspenseful and the characters are very real. Her website seems to tout the romance side of the stories. Maybe some are… but the series I read wasn’t a hugely romantic storyline.

Rene Gutteridge
I’ve only read the “Boo” (Boo, Boo Who, and Boo Hiss) series. But it is a hoot. She writes different styles of stories too. I just haven’t read them yet.

Robert Whitlow
His books are mainly law books, in the style of John Grishom. I found them fascinating and have loved all of his books.

Some random books that I’ve read and enjoyed:

At the Scent of Water
by Linda Nichols

Ghosts – The story of a reunion
by Adrian Plass

Again, I will remind you that I stink at giving descriptions of things. It was a pure struggle to write anything beyond “I liked this here book… It was good… read it…”

Let me know if you ever get around to reading any of these books and what you think of them.


  1. Thanks for this! I love to read, but have never found much Christian fiction I like. I’m bookmarking this post so I can reference it when I need it.

  2. What a wonderful, wonderful list – I’m so impressed by it and take NO issue with it at all! :)

  3. Blessed Assurances says

    I love Christian fiction too! Linda Nichols is on my list to read, I have heard nothing but praises.

    Monday I will be doing the Fall Into Reading Challenge and plan to list many of my books I will read this Fall.

    Thanks for adding more authors to my list of must reads! And for stopping by my place! :)

    Happy Thursday

  4. Cindy Swanson says

    I love Angela Hunt, and have really enjoyed books by Rene Gutteridge and Kathryn Mackel. I think I’ve just read one by Ted Dekker, and enjoyed that also. I’ll have to check out the others you mentioned!

  5. Open Grove Claudia says

    Gosh. I don’t know any of these authors! Thanks for sharing – great TT! :)

  6. Buck Naked Politics says

    I wasn’t familiar with any of them. THanks for sharing the list.

  7. Great list, Karla! I’ve enjoyed some of these authors (like Ted Dekker), and have been curious about others (like Robert Whitlow).

    If you like books that are high on the suspense side, I would also suggest Robert Liparulo’s books (Comes a Horseman and Germ) and Tim Downs’ bug-man books (Shoofly Pie and Chop Shop). No (or very, very little) mushy/sappy stuff in those books, but plenty of edge-of-your-seat excitement.

  8. Yes. . . making time to read. It’s a huge hurdle for me to overcome. However, the Ted Dekker books have also been highly recommended by one of my sisters, so I promise I’ll read them. Soon. I hope.

  9. I’ve ignored christian fiction after I think I overdosed on Janette Oke. Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll have to check some of them out.

  10. My 17 year old looooves Frank Perretti and Ted Dekker. She’s reading the allegorical trilogy twice now. (Black, Red and White).

    I love Francine Rivers, too. And Angela Hunt. Two of my favorite authors.

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog for Thursday Thirteern. 80’s song lyrics-CONGRATS at 11:30pm, you got the most correct. Have a great weekend!!

  12. Colleen Coble says

    Thanks for the nice words, Karla! And the nudge to take a look at my website. My books are romantic suspense like the Rock Harbor series, so I want to make sure my website reflects that. I hadn’t realized it seemed to lean more to the romance on my website.

    I’m a fan of Angie Hunt’s too. Also Diann Hunt, Denise Hunter and Kristin Billerbeck.

  13. Be sure and check out my Christy Challenge posts from this summer for more good Christian fiction suggestions as well as interviews with several authors.

  14. elaine@bloginmyeye says

    Shouldn’t that be…MRgood?

  15. Lisa writes... says

    Charles Martin is hands down on of my favorite authors! I’ve also enjoyed Linda Nichols’ books. Try Melanie Wells–scary, suspenseful and wonderful!

  16. crafty carolinagirl says

    I agree with Katrina that ShooFly Pie was great! I haven’t gotten around to reading Chop Shop yet, but it is on my list.

    I also bought Boo a few months ago, but have been holding it until Halloween. I think it is time I get it out.

  17. I just finished Wrapped in Rain 2 nights ago…I loved it.

    Have you read My Name is Russell Fink by Michael Snyder? GREAT.

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