Christian Fiction…

If you had asked me a few months ago whether or not I liked the Christian Fiction genre of literature I would have immediately said NO.  Characterized by such books as the Left Behind series and Christian “romance” novels – I felt they were trite and our of touch with reality.  If you asked me today whether or not I liked Christian fiction I would say sometimes … or maybe … or I’m not sure.  It’s because of this, the other day I picked up a book in the library called The Wedding Machine (Beth Webb Hart).  I almost never just browse through the stacks looking for something that catches my eye – it’s the surest way to waste time reading trash that I can think of.  But I was desperate for something to read.  So I picked this book up because I liked the cover art.  I know, I know – yet another bad way to pick a book.  I actually ended up liking the book.  I realized halfway through the book that it was Christian fiction.  Maybe it was all in my head, maybe this is a genre that needed me to revisit it before dismissing it completely. 

Fast forward to today.  Eli and I walked to Pilgrims Book and Bible.  They are going out of business and have a great sale going on.  I got some books.  None of the books I bought cost more than two dollars (it’s a really good sale) so I haven’t lost much if I don’t like them.

Here’s what I bought:

A Town Called Ruby Prairie by Annette Smith

The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis

The Secret Life of Becky Miller by Sharon Hinck

Flies on the Butter by Denise Hildreth

The Mending String by Cliff Coon

Every Woman’s Marriage by Shannon and Greg Ethridge*

*not fiction – but who couldn’t use help with thier marriage? 

 What do you think?  Do you like Christian fiction? 

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3 responses to “Christian Fiction…

  1. That sounds like a great sale!!! I will borrow them all when you are done with them. I am a Christian fiction junky. Some are terrible, yet I always finish a book, but I still think that it is better than the tv shows on these days. On the other hand, some of the books are really, really fantastic. I have a long list you can try when you are done with these.

  2. Hi Annie!
    I noticed you had one by Beverly Lewis and I read a lot of her books a year or two ago and really liked them. I can get a little burnt out on the cheesyness/predictablity of some christian fiction, but hers I really enjoyed. Hope you enjoy your books. Let us know if one knocks your socks off.

  3. Francine Rivers is by far the best!!! Her book, “Redeeming Love” is phenomenal (it’s a modern day story of Hosea & Gomer). Her 3-book series, “Mark of the Lion” is also amazing. Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley’s “Redemption” series books were all “quick reads”, but “can’t put them down” ones as well! Christian historical fiction is generally my fav. though. And I can definitely recommend more! 🙂 Happy reading!

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