Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love is set in 1850’s California. Angel, sold into prostitution as a child, survives on hatred. She meets Michael Hosea, a man who lives by his faith in God, who struggles with God’s call for him to marry Angel. He obeys, and it is through his love for Angel that she comes to know God’s redeeming love.
This is probably my favourite Christian book ever. It’s a beautiful picture of sacrificial, unselfish love.
Terri Blackstock’s Restoration Series (Last Light, Night Light, True Light, Dawn’s Light) is a series that I’ve read several times. It begins with the failure of anything mechanical – the opening scene has planes falling out of the sky. The series follow the Branning family and their community as they try to adjust to life without cars, phones, TV and electricity.
It’s also a story of faith and learning to depend on God when the world seems to be ending.
Dee Henderson’s O’Malleys Series follows the lives of the O’Malley siblings – who adopted each other growing up in an orphanage – on their romantic and faith journeys. As with all of Dee Henderson’s books, there’s a fair bit of action and intrigue as well, guaranteed to keep you reading until the last page.
The books, in order, are: The Negotiator, The Guardian, The Truth-Seeker, The Protector, The Healer and The Rescuer. There’s also a prequel: Danger In The Shadows.
C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters is a disturbing read. It’s from the perspective of a demon, Screwtape, writing to his nephew, Wormwood, about Wormwood’s progress in guiding his human – the Patient – toward Satan and away from God.
Though fictional, it’s a sobering reminder that the devil is actively trying to distract us from pursuing God.
Still in the spiritual realm, we have Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness and Piercing The Darkness. The stories play out in the physical and spiritual realms, showing us the powers of heaven at war with the powers of darkness.
I first read these books in high schools, and have read them several times since then.
What are your favourite Christian fiction books?
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