Five of the top 10 best sellers on a recent list of Christian fiction were Amish titles. More than 24 million books have been sold since 2003. This year at least 86 “Amish Romance” novels are being released. Why?? I just don’t get it.
I understand Christians are looking for wholesome books but there are thousands of Non-romance Christian fiction books. I know many real Amish and Mennonites families and they have the same problems we all have there is no utopia. Fulfillment only comes through Christ and seeking God’s will.
It is not the Amish I have a problem with. I love Mildred A Martin’s children’s books (stories about Mennonite or Amish children). It’s the romance I don’t like, I don’t do “Christian romance.”
I wouldn’t let my girls read Janet Oak books in their teens. I felt it set unreal expectations for romance. (Betsy staying at her aunt’s cattle ranch is saved by handsome neighbor cowboy with rippling biceps, barely contained by his shirt) Some Christain romance novels are simply lustful soft porn. Life is not like a romance novel.
There is real value in fiction, literary fiction with a message like Andy Andrews or Randal Arthur novels or In His Steps by Shedon. I like novels where Christians deal with real life problems like books by Angela Hunt, Charles Martin, Michael Phillips some have a relationship boy meets girl but not the main theme. Here are some of my favs:
My Favorite Christian Fiction Authors
Affiliate links included
- C.S. Lewis
- William Paul Young
- Randal Arthur
- Harry Kraus
- Charles Martin
- Bodie and Brock Thoene
- Angela Hunt
- Susan Meisner
- Andy Andrews
- Susan May Warren
- Lynn Austin
- Robert Whitlow
- Terry Blackstock
- Deborah Raney
- Mary E. DeMuth
- Nicol Baart
- Dee Henderson
- George MacDonald
- Michael Phillips
- Brandilyn Collins
- Tracie Peterson
- Dani Pettrey
- Francine Rivers
- Chris Fabry
- Karen Kingsbury
My Favorite Christian Fiction Books
Update: Its easier to keep my list updated on Pinterest.
Here is my selection of the best Christian fiction books I’ve read in the last few months (listed in the order I read them, most recent first).
||My Rating||Amazon Review (edited)|
||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 by Robert Whitlow||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||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.|
Bo’s Café: A Novel by John Lynch
|From publishers of The Shack. A story to challenge and encourage, Bo’s Café 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.|
(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.|
(Awakening Series #2)
|Life began again for Dylan Styles when his beloved wife Maggie awoke from 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.|
||Aurora has cared for her invalid mother for years. When her mother dies, she experiences some disturbing dreams that seem to be connected to her mysterious father, a writer who deserted her mother. A kind bachelor helps Aurora to overcome her obsessions.|
(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.|
||A moving flashback parallels stories of a grown man abandoned as a child and the neglected boy will cause you to keep the Kleenex handy. Excellent.|
||In 1929, four friends gathered in a dusty attic to make a solemn pact. “Our dreams for the future,” they whispered, placing tiny pieces of paper into a blue bottle. Years later, a 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.|
||A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts. A 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.|
Who is your favorite Chrstian fiction author?
What’s your favorite Christian fiction book? Share in the comments.
Subscribe for 65 pages from The Heart Wisdom Teaching Approach (pdf)