I’ve been reading more Christian books lately, and I hope to continue the trend. Some of these will be more popular Christian books, but I hope there will be a couple this audience hasn’t encountered.
C.S. Lewis Books
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C.S. Lewis is one the best Christian writers and philosophers of the modern age. He is best known for the Chronicles of Narnia. A fantasy series non-Christians can enjoy, too. Lewis uses a lot of allegory in the series to represent Christian themea. The Last Battle, the finale of the series, has the most obvious Christian allegory.
Some of my favorite works by Lewis include The Great Divorce, which takes a satircal look at Heaven and Hell, and, of course, the Chronicles of Narnia. I also enjoy Mere Christianity and the Screwtape Letters.
I hope to read other works by Lewis, including Till We Have Faces, the Problem of Pain, and The Space Trilogy.
Orthodoxy G.K. Chesterton
I read Orthodoxy for my History of Philosophy class. I’m not sure if its a novel for everyone. Chesterton argues for the re-enchantment of the world, especially when it relates to Christianity. At times, Chesterton comes off as a rambler, but then he has a few awesome sentences that make me think. Some examples include:
“Nature is our sister, not our mother” (Chesterton). From here, he talks about nature is a little sister that we should take care of.
He discusses how fairytales have great morals. I think, he says, the Beauty and the Beast teaches us that something must be loveable before it is loved.
If you like philosophy and have a fantastical mind, check out Orthodoxy.
Francine Rivers Books
Redeeming Love made me want to read more Christian fiction. It’s a retelling of Hosea and Gomer in 1850s California, so imagine the wild west and the gold rush. Michael Hosea, a man who has moved to California to farm, is called by God to marry Angel, a prostitute. Their tale is addicting and deep, discussing God’s unending love.
The Mark of the Lion is my favorite series by Rivers. The first novel, A Voice in the Wind, introduces Hadassah, a Jewish girl, who at the start of the novel, resides in 1st century Jerusalem. Hadassah witnesses the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, the death of her family, and she is sold into slavery. Somehow, she ends up in Rome as a slave to Julia, the daughter of merchant. Hadassah struggles with her Christian faith in a pagan household. However, this is not her only struggle. Marcus, Julia’s brother, captures Hadassah’s heart, but is their romance for the best? Also, Atretes shows the life of a gladiator.
If you like historical fiction, slow burn romance, and an emotional read, you need to check this series out.
I have read two other works by Rivers, The Scarlet Thread and The Masterpiece. The Scarlet Thread is an emotional read about a struggling marriage. The Masterpiece is my least favorite. It’s just meh, following a troubled artist and his assistant.
I read Pilgrim’s Progress for my Biblical Worldview class a couple of years ago, and it’s one of the most famous Christian novels for a reason. John Bunyan, the author, wrote this book in the 1600s, while in prison. I think he violated some religious law, not sure what. U don’t know how to describe Pilgrim’s Progress, so I’m using Goodreads.
This famous story of man’s progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful drama of the pilgrim’s trials and temptations follows him in his harrowing journey to the Celestial City.
Along a road filled with monsters and spiritual terrors, Christian confronts such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, Talkative, Ignorance, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But he is also joined by Hopeful and Faithful.
An enormously influential 17th-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language, The Pilgrim’s Progress remains one of the most widely read books in the English language.
The Wingfeather Saga
The Wingfeather Saga is a series for fantasy lovers, whether they’re Christian or not, and for all ages. Well, from middle grade and up. The world is imaginative, the series features a great focus on family, awesome redemptive arcs, and each novel in the series is better than the last. Once again, I will use Goodreads for the first novel.
Goodreads’ Summary of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness:
Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.
Andrew Peterson spins a quirky and riveting tale of the Igibys’ extraordinary journey from Glipwood’s Dragon Day Festival and a secret hidden in the Books and Crannies Bookstore, past the terrifying Black Carriage, clutches of the horned hounds and loathsome toothy cows surrounding AnkleJelly Manor, through the Glipwood Forest and mysterious treehouse of Peet the Sock Man (known for a little softshoe and wearing tattered socks on his hands and arms), to the very edge of the Ice Prairies.
Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness presents a world of wonder and a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to discuss for its layers of meaning about life’s true treasure and tangle of the beautiful and horrible, temporal and eternal, and good and bad.