Are you a Christian reader who loves a good novel but struggles to find fiction which embodies your Christian values? Do you find that there is simply too much contemporary fiction which is offensive to you as a Christian? A novel can be exciting, full of drama and well rounded characters without the need for explicit sexual content, gloating sadistic violence, foul language and depraved characters. If you are not familiar with these Christian authors then you are in for a real treat. Here is a selection of gifted Christian writers whose work spans a range of genres, but whose writing is always guided by Christian faith. Here is fiction which will give you all the pleasures of a great read and strengthen your faith. Enjoy.
‘A literary masterpiece, reminding us that God’s love is unconditional.’
Set during the California gold rush of the 1850’s, when desperate women were forced to sell their bodies for shelter, readers have found the adult content of this book deeply moving. Based on the Biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, ‘Redeeming Love’ is the story of God’s redemptive love, which many readers describe as a life-changing experience. The novel is a number one national bestseller and has been made into a film.
Francine Rivers is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers and her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. View on Amazon
‘If I Run’ is a gripping crime thriller with a strong message of faith throughout the narrative. Written in the first person present tense, the story alternates between the perspective of the two lead characters.
‘If you want to know more about God’s grace in numerous aspects of life, then you can’t go wrong with her books.’ Terri Blackstock has been writing Christian suspense novels since 1994 and with over 7 million books sold worldwide she is amongst the best Christian, crime novelists, around. View on Amazon
When Iola Anne Poole died at the age of 91 she left behind her the story of her life in 81 carefully decorated prayer boxes, which tell of her hopes, wishes, fears and thoughts. This richly emotional story of love and redemption is a beautifully written account of how God moves through our lives. Lisa Wingate is a New York Times best selling author of over thirty novels, whose work has been translated into more than forty languages. Winner of numerous awards, she has been described as a ‘master storyteller’. View on Amazon
The first in a new three book series, ‘Christmas at Carnton’ is set in the Carnton Plantation in Franklin , Tennessee, during the Civil War. The story looks at the war from from the Southern perspective and tells the story of a wounded soldier and a destitute widow, of how they discover the nature of sacrificial love and the true meaning of Christmas.This well-crafted story, with convincing, believable characters is described by readers as ‘ captivating, Christian and clean’.Tamera Alexander specializes in Southern historical fiction and romance. She is a best-selling author and winner of multiple industry awards for inspirational Christian fiction. View on Amazon
The first volume in a series of novels, ‘The Spice King’ is a highly unusual historical romance set in the golden age of Washington’s high society against a background of the early development of American food manufacture. Gray Delacroix has built a successful global empire in the spice trade but returns to his ancestral home to help his brother and sister.When junior botanist, Annabelle Larkin arrives, the stage is set for romance and dangerous political intrigue. Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian and an award winning author on inspirational, Christian historical fiction and romance. View on Amazon
‘A young innkeeper falls in love with a reclusive novelist in a small North Carolina lake town.’
Authentic characters, warm humor and a few surprising plot twists, this is a romance with a sustained faith message. God and faith are woven into the lives of the characters and the novel explores the self doubt and insecurities which we all face in everyday life. Denise Hunter is an award winning author of more than forty novels, three of which have been used as the basis for Hallmark movies. View on Amazon
Think you know the story of Robin Hood? Well, think again, because Christian author Stephen R Lawhead has reimagined the legend in a way that ‘holds a mirror to contemporary realities’. This epic historical fantasy is set in medieval Wales where Norman invaders hunt heir to the throne Bran ap Brychan. Bran takes refuge in the greenwood where he discovers its mysterious powers and secrets. Stephen R Lawhead is a committed Christian author, who has written over 28 novels as well as children’s books and non-fiction books. View on Amazon
When Jillian travels to New Orleans, following the death of her father, she finds her grandmother living with an odd assortment of characters.Swiftly, she is immersed in a tangle of spiritual and personal danger which only God can help her resolve. ‘Arguably, the most prominent white evangelical woman in America’, Beth Moore is known to millions through her radio show, YouTube channel and Bible study courses. Readers have been unstinting in their praise for her fiction. ‘God has blessed Beth Moore with telling the gospel in a most compelling way’. Her characters ‘live out Biblical principles in ways that are not stereotypical or cloying but honest and fresh’. View on Amazon
‘400 years after a deadly virus and nuclear war destroyed the modern world, a new and noble civilization emerges.’ In this new ‘medieval’ world, Christianity has been forgotten until an army scout discovers a strange book. Described by readers as a ‘Christian classic’, this trilogy speaks to ‘ God’s goodness, his refusal to tolerate sin, man’s need to bow before him, and the eternality and power of his Word.’ With great characters and a gripping plot this is a rich and compelling read. Dr Litfin is a Master of Theology and holds a PhD in Religious Studies; he worked for 16 years as a professor at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. In addition to writing fiction he is also the author of four non-fiction books on the history of the ancient church. View on Amazon
In depth research and a fascinating and realistic story make ‘A Light on the Hill’ compelling Biblical Christian Fiction. The Israelites are finally at peace but Moriyah has been branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods and hides her face in shame. When things start to go seriously wrong, she is forced to flee to one of the Levitical cities of refuge where she will meet both enemies and allies. Described by readers as a ‘page turner’, ‘this amazing novel asks readers to consider our own need for perspective changes’. Connillyn Cossette is the author of several series and is a Christy Award and Carol Award winning author. View on Amazon