Saturday, January 31, 2009

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday

Today's Question from My Friend Amy's Blog:

You have a good friend who is a devoted Christian and voracious reader. He or she, however, tried to read a Christian fiction book in the past and found it to be too preachy and unrealistic. Your friend wants to try it again and has asked you for a recommendation. Their favorite genre of book is what is considered literary fiction. What book would you recommend to them?

You also have a friend who is not a Christian but wants to read fiction that is considered clean without being too Christian. They have asked you if there are Christian fiction books that might meet their reading needs. They are interested in romance and novels. What book would you recommend to them?

OOOOh, picture me clapping with glee! I can't wait to read everyone's recommendations for the 2nd question. I thought I'd turn my mom onto Christian literature several years ago. Can you say, "bomb"? I gave her Karen Kingsbury's One Tuesday Morning & Beyond Tuesday Morning. I also gave her Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I believe she said, "They have too much about God in them." HELLO... they're Christian novels! And besides, what's so bad about having God in a book?! My mom is a huge Nora Roberts & Fern Nichols reader. I don't believe she ever read Francine's book. Sigh...

I guess I don't know what's meant by "literary fiction". I guess I would start with Dee Henderson's O'Malley series. There's a little something for everyone; intrigue, action, and romance. She doesn't pour on the liturgy and bible verbiage, but she is clearly writing Christian Fiction. I also like Susan May Warren's Noble Legacy series. She's got strong characters and fantastic storylines that are easy to get lost in.

As for person #2 I also thought about the Daughter's of Boston series. My concern was the overtly Christian character of Faith, who I love! This is the book that I've been thinking of sending to my mom since she is a romance genre kind of lady. Unfortunately, I think Faith's faith would turn my mom off! Ugh, what a terrible thing to know - adding a helping of God to a story could turn my mom off of a book! I understand it, but I don't. Then again, my mom doesn't believe the same way I do, so I guess she wouldn't fit into this #2 person category. For someone who isn't so into romance, I'd say James Scott Bell is a great read! His "Try" series is fantastic and could lead to more of his traditional Christian books. For sci-fi buffs, who can better exemplify this group except Sharon Hinck?! Love her. You get sucked into the Sword of Lyric series.


Anonymous said...

You are so right about the O'Malley series... sigh I may have to start reading it again with all these mentions :) I LOVE it!

We so love our Julie don't we :) I did not think of Faith's faith but at the same time I remember her crisis and I think it would speak to some people...what a hard choice huh?

have a great weekend :)

SmilingSally said...

James Scott Bell is fantastic with one novel and not-so-good in the next. I can't seem to get a handle on his writing. Sharon Hinck good for a Sci-fi person, but a romance person wants boy meets girl; love happens. There are so many Christian Fiction books like that. Happy Faith ‘n Fiction Day.

Amy said...

I just think that it would be impossible not to love the Daughters of Boston books! ha, my mom and I both think they are good choices for friends who aren't believers.

Nise' said...

Excellent recommendations! I have yet to read the Restorer series.

Rel said...

Love The Restorer series! Try your mum on Denise Hunter's books - I think they might just meet her need for romance without an overt Christian message. Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

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