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 Amazon.com) 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.

THR3E

I am a big fan of Ted Dekker’s. I’ve read all of his books and I am amazed at how he takes themes of the bible and biblical truths and turns them into can’t-put-down thrillers.

I had no idea, however, that this was already out in theatres!! I must get myself to the theatre soon!

Let me know if you’ve seen it and/or read the book and what you thought. (I’ve read the book and loved it!)

**Read this awesome essay, by Ted, on the Church**

making another full recovery

from everyone being sick, once again… It must be the “we moved to a new place” sickness. We’ve been passing things around since we moved here. I just went for three straight weeks with a cold, sinus infection and then another cold (maybe flu?) I went to pick up medicine last week and couldn’t decide what was best so I went over-board with it and was prepared to take a couple of bottles of medicine back. Guess what — we went through them all! Not a drop left.

Oh — and I’m an official four-eyes now! I actually like my glasses; which is a good thing ’cause I am supposed to wear them all the time. Apparently, I don’t use my right eye very much. Explains those headaches I’ve had frequently.

I had my full training at Hope Clinic two weeks ago – so I can officially start my volunteering there now (I still need to meet with the coordinator and sit in on some sessions but I’m considered an official volunteer now). Pray for me as I begin this. The girls need prayers and I will need prayers for God’s words to speak through me.

I just finished reading House by Ted Dekker and Frank Perretti. I love books by both of these authors and this did not disappoint. It is interesting to me how Ted Dekker typically takes a biblical principle and weaves it into a story that makes you see the ugliness of sin and the love and beauty of Christ. (His Martyr’s Song series is a beautiful example of Christ’s love)

Blessings