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My Christian Fiction Recommendations

Here are my selection of  the best Christian  fiction books I’ve read in the last few months (listed in order I read them, most recent first).

Update: Since posting this I have read everyone of Robiert Whitlow’s books. I recommend them all. He is my new favorite author. Mountain Top was my favorite.

I also read the classic Les Miserables It is a must read!

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My Rating Amazon Review (edited)
Mountain Between Us
Both a tender and page-turning read, The Mountain Between Us will reaffirm your belief in the power of love to sustain us. Beautiful and memorable.
life support
Life Support by Robert Whitlow

5 star

Whitlow’s fast-paced, true to life story reflects the power to heal that ultimately comes only from above.  A combination of intrigue and inspiration, Life Support exemplifies why Whitlow has quickly become an award-winning and acclaimed novelist. Book one in the Santee Series
Life Everlasting by Robert Whitlow

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Fans who missed Whitlow’s Life Support will want to read that novel before attempting this sequel, which has strong moments but may be confusing to the uninitiated. Book two in the Santee Series picks up with Baxter Richardson’s recovery from a near-fatal fall from a cliff. Married to Rena, a suspicious and highly unstable woman, Baxter is faced with a choice of staggering ramifications.
From publishers of The Shack. A story to challenge and encourage, BO’S CAFE is a model for all who struggle with unresolved problems and a performance-based life. Those who desire a fuller, more authentic way of living will find this journey of healing a restorative exploration of God’s unbridled grace.
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(Awakening Series #1)

Set in Digger, South Carolina, a small farming community. Dylan and his wife, Maggie, find happiness in the daily rhythms of the natural world. Maggie’s pregnancy only adds to their contentment. However, a complicated delivery changes everything; their son is stillborn, and Maggie falls into a deep coma. Like God in the story of Job, the author tests his protagonist repeatedly until Dylan returns to an underlying truth that was never really lost.
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(Awakening Series #2)

Life began again for Dylan Styles when his beloved wife Maggie awoke from a coma. A coma brought upon by the intense two-day labor that resulted in heartbreaking loss. In this poignant love story that is redolent with Southern atmosphere, Dylan and Maggie must come to terms with their past before they can embrace their future.
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Aurora has cared for her invalid mother for ears. When her mother dies, she experiences some disturbing dreams seem to be connected to her mysterious father, a writer who deserted her mother. A kind bachelor helps Aurora to overcome her obsessions.
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(Women of Faith Fiction)

An engaging story about healing and the triumph of love. The novel is filled with delightful local color in a small Alabama town…a welcome cut above run-of-the-mill inspirational fiction.
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A moving flashback parallel stories of a grown man abandoned as a child and the neglected boy will cause you to keep the Kleenex handy. Excellent.
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In 1929, four friends gathered in a dusty attic onto make a solemn pact. “Our dreams for the future,” they whispered, placing tiny pieces of paper into a blue bottle. Years later, local news reporter stumbles upon the bottle and discovers the most poignant story of her career…and possibly the meaning she’s searched for all her life.
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A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts.Special unforgetable book with suprise ending.
Set in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. March Longfellow’s bumpy ride through grief is realistic and reveals the confusion, struggles, pain, and helplessness in the face of great loss, even as she plows her way through the fog and discovers a new way to live.The boating death of her husband leaves March Longfellow and her son, Mason, in a painful coexistence.

The Shack by William P. Young

Read my review here.

Your Turn

Did you read any of these? What did you think? What do recommend for summer reading? Who are your favorite authors?

I am really looking forward to finding new authors to read!

About Robin Sampson

16 comments

  1. Shauna

    I’m not a Charles Martin fan (too maudlin for my taste), but I’m adding the Blue Bottle one to my list. I loved The Awakening.

  2. I loooove Charles Martin! Angela Hunt, too. You have a few others here that I haven’t read, so I’ll be adding them to my To-Read list. :)

    Another writer I’ve just discovered and recommend is Elizabeth Musser.

  3. Teresa

    I have not read some of those, will put them on my list thank you. Woohoo an excuse to buy books for me:).
    Some of my all time favorites are Randy Alcorn novels especially
    Safely Home – wonderful book about believers and persecution in China, and connects it to what is going on in the U.S.
    Deadline- about journalism in American and how we allow them to define the main stream vission.

    Also Bodie and Brock Thoene. There is a 3 part series starting with the Zion Covenant series. This starts out in Pre WWII Germany, and the take over of Hitler through Europe and the war (this is not about the actual battles but how Jewish people and Christians survived or did not and the world politics behind the scenes of the war that I did not learn in school:).
    The 2nd series is Zion Chronicles (I think) and this is post WWII Palestine before Isreal becomes a nation.

    These all sound deep and they are, but very easy reads great for summer hanging out by the pool (if we had a pool and it wasn’t already to hot to be outside).
    Enjoy

  4. I’m reading “Snow Melts in Spring ” by Deborah Vogts now on my Iphone Kindle app. I love horse stories. http://ow.ly/23RMm

    Mattie Evans, a young veterinarian in rural Kansas, saves a horse injured in a terrible accident. But she also finds herself tending the wounded relationship between a prodigal son and his ailing father. Love, conflict, forgiveness, and renewal drive the first book of the Seasons of the Tallgrass series.

  5. I am still laughing at the picture in my head of you reading in the tub with a zip-lock bag — too funny! Since I know require reading glasses, I’ve pretty much quit soaking in the tub with a book — I do miss it, too.

    Great suggestions. I’d like to add one for you: Testings of Devotion By Cherly Dellasega, (she also wrote a kind of Mean Girls book about bullying, by the way). “Devotion brings angels to life: good angels, bad angels, good vs evil, angels being tempted by the lure of Earth and its pleasures. Sophia (a Senior Servant) doubts her ability to do her work and fears she’ll disappoint both Gabriel and the Almighty Divine — she is tested sorely in this book. The book brings both heaven and hell to life, plus the angels who are constantly interceding on our behalf. It’s very interesting to see life given to them and the battle waging around us that we cannot see.
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..lizreads- Hot summer day- but community festival complete with parade Best of small-town America- =-.

  6. Thanks for the reviews. You may like mine as well.

  7. I would like to suggest a few books for the children. We have been reading Chuck Black’s Kingdom’s series and his Knights of Arrethtrae series. Both are wonderful. The Kingdom’s series are Biblical allegories and the Knight’s series apply Biblical principles. These are great for boys, packed with action and adventure. However, I must say that my teenage daughter and I both enjoyed them as well! Happy reading!

  8. I have not read any of those authors, although I’m familiar with Angela Hunt.

    I usually read romantic comedy (and am writing several, one–Love’s Gamble–I post a chapter (FREE for my readers) every few weeks on my blog http://TheHomesteadHeart.com
    Also do author and character interviews and interview Christian musicians.

    I also have a blog with several other Christian authors writing about the old west, prairie, and frontier stories: http://BustlesAndSpurs.com

    Authors I enjoy: Lori Wick, Vickie McDonough, Mary Connealy, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, DiAnn Mills, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Stephen Bly.

    I’m new to this blog and have enjoyed visiting–it’s robust with content.

  9. Can anyone suggest which of these books might be appropriate or inappropriate for a very bright 12 year old. She wants to be a writer and tends to get bored with the watered down teen novels, but I don’t want her reading anything too mature as far as adult situations, that some christian fictions have, and I don’t have time to keep up with pre-reading every book. She devours books much faster than I ever could. She is currently reading the Kingdom Series by Chuck Black but she prefers love stories now, and I am having a very tough time finding appropriate ones.
    Thanks!

  10. I just started reading Christian Fiction so I have not read any on your list. However, there a few that I have read and LOVED them so wanted to share: Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes; Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers; Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers; and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Hope you enjoy!

  11. Thanks for sharing. Love finding new authors. I’ve enjoyed several by Francine Rivers but have not read Gina Holmes. Thank you.

  12. Charles Martin is one of my favorites!

  13. I am a publicist at a Christian publishing house and I have a title I think you would really enjoy! How do I contact you for a potential review?

  14. Hello there. I love your recommendations and especially enjoyed The Dead Don’t dance by Charles Martins. Keep up the good work.

  15. Robin Field

    I found a simply enchanting novel that I must say has meant a great deal to me. The author is very unknown, but writes bringing the scenes and peoples hearts alive, along with Christ into the readers hearts. The Novel is “Megan’s Cry” by Gregory Pollock. I wish to thank Mr. Pollock for this treasure.

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