I love to read! As you can see, my list of books to read in 2018 is extensive. I’ve truly enjoyed books from every category, even cookbooks, but today I want to briefly share on the importance of Christian Fiction for women.
What is Christian Fiction?
I love this description from the Christie Awards website – “Christian fiction is a category of stories written by novelists whose Christian worldview is woven into the fabric of the plot and character development.
Although this definition might seem either simplistic on the one hand or overly broad on the other, this grouping of novels is as comprehensive and as varied in age, interest, and spiritual depth as its readership. C.S. Lewis resisted the label “Christian” for his novels, contending that he was simply creating a story.
But whether overtly or subtly, Lewis’ fiction came out of his understanding of God and of the universe He created, out of the knowledge that God cares deeply about His creation that has been damaged by sin, and He joined the human race to build a bridge back to himself. This bridge between God and humanity will in some way inform and characterize every Christian novel.”
Christian Fiction, with its focus on biblical values and traditionally low emphasis on profanity, sex, and violence, has long been popular for women who love a good story without all that other junk added in.
That’s why Christian Fiction for women is important. It can encourage, inspire, build faith, expand our wisdom & knowledge, and make us laugh, cry, fall in love – all without running the risk of reading something we don’t want to read. (Violence, sex, profanity, etc) And all woven with biblical truths.
Christian Fiction Books for Women
Christian fiction books like the ones listed below, which are some of my favorites, are inspirational and faith building.
The Solace of Water: A Novel by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Amazon description: After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start.
Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.
Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death.
When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.
My Review: This book was one of the best reads I have read in a long time. I always enjoy Elizabeth’s books but this one is just so timely for many issues that are going on in the world right now. I hope that this book can facilitate a conversation and dialogue with others on some tough subjects.
In our family we have battled some demons. From alcohol and porn addiction, to my Sister in laws drug habits. So I could relate to a lot of the storyline.
This storyline has a bit of Amish Fiction still in it but ties in the Civil rights era. Emma and Delilah’s friendship is a friendship that is built by bridging a gap that the world could so learn from. I really would encourage anyone to read this book. I give it a 5 star rating!
Read my reviews on Elizabeth Byler Younts other books.
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
Amazon description: A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want—money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has.
The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist—an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.
Come Rain or Come Shine (A Mitford Novel) by Jan Karon
Amazon description: Over the course of ten Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls.
Now, Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.
By the way, it’s a pretty casual affair, so come as you are and remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what’s a good wedding without a good cry?
Love Story: A Novel by Karen Kingsbury
Amazon description: From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years.
So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole’s heritage project, he’s not sure he can do it. The sadness might simply be too great.
But he agrees and allows his heart and soul to go places they haven’t gone in decades. Back to the breathless first moments, but also to the secret heartbreak that brought John and Elizabeth together.
Promise to Return: A Novel by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Amazon description: When World War II breaks out, Miriam’s fiancé, Henry, is drafted and sent to a conscientious objector camp. But when Henry feels called to fight on the front lines, he goes against the Amish church to follow God’s will—forcing Miriam to choose between the rules of her religion and the leading of her heart.
When World War II breaks out, Miriam Coblentz’s peaceful Amish world is turned upside down…
Bonus: The 5th is release day BUT if you order now it will be shipped right out to you the day it releases to the public so you won’t have to wait!!!! So order you a copy now, and when it comes in pour a cup of tea or like in my case, a protein drink- relax and curl up with a new book!
What are some of you favorite Christian Fiction books?
PS: Special Thank you To Elizabeth Byler Younts for My Advance Reader Copy of Solace of Water.