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My Favorite Christian Fiction Books for all Ages

on July 1, 2015 by Jami Balmet 26 comments

As I’ve shared earlier in the Summer, reading is very important to me and I think it’s a really valuable asset to the Christian homemaker. It’s really tough as a young mom to find the time to read, but it’s important to me so I schedule in the time (even when it’s not as much time as I would always like).

Recently I shared my top 3 Christian classics with a list of others I hope to read in the future. And several places I’ve mentioned that my husband and I both love to read fiction books as well. I’ve since received several requests to share my favorite Christian fiction books and series since they seem hard to find sometimes.

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I’m sharing this post today as part of a 6 week online book study that we are going through as part of an online community of women over on Facebook: Christian Homemaking Community. You can hop over and join us there and find out what other fiction books my fellow blogging friends recommend.

Finding the Time to Read Fiction Books

Throughout the years I’ve read many fiction books and series on my own and my husband and I have also read many together. It’s something that we love to do! In fact, when we moved into our first home and we literally had to paint everything (I mean everything – every wall, door, baseboard, etc.) we happily passed the time in the evenings painting the house while we listened to audio books through Audible.com.

Now you can often find us reading in bed at night together as our way of relaxing. It’s tough to find the time to read when you are exhausted at the end of the day and trying to pick up a non-fiction book will just put me to sleep. But I’ve found that when I’m really sucked into a good fiction book, I will read through the droopy eyes and fight sleep.

As I mentioned above, one of our favorite ways to read through fiction books is actually by listening to the audiobooks. We have a monthly subscription to Audible (which is an Amazon company that sells digital audiobooks that you can download right to your smart phone, tablet, or computer). We listen through a lot of books so we actually have a subscription to download two books a month which makes the price super affordable. (My husband has a super long commute to work and listening to audio books is what saves him on his drives)

If you want to try it out, you can actually sign up for a free 30 day trial of Audible (just remember to cancel after 30 days if you don’t want to continue) and you can get TWO AUDIO BOOKS FOR FREE! How cool is that? Sign up here

Our boys are only 2.5 and our new twins will be born any day, but we are already dreaming of the day that we can all read through these books as a family together. Many of these series are perfect for young kids through high school and others are more suitable for adults.

My Favorite Christian Fiction Books

I know it can be tough finding quality Christian Fiction books (we don’t exclusively read Christian fiction and really enjoy other forms of fiction books) so I wanted to share some of our favorites to get you started. Note: Amish fiction and mid-west historical fiction are not my favorite and so I don’t really read novels of that kind even though I know there are some fabulous Christian options out there. If you love and read those genres of books, please leave a comment and share your favorite author or books since I won’t be covering those.

the best Christian Fiction books to add to your list

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

the chronicles of narniaI have to start here with the classics. If you and your kids have never read through The Chronicles of Narnia, then this is where you should start! This fantasy series is great for elementary aged kids through adults! We plan on reading through this series as a family when our boys get old enough.

 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

the lord of the ringsAnother classic series that can’t be passed up! If you despise fantasy books then The Lord of the Rings trilogy might be a little too long for you, but otherwise, add it to your list right now! This is another series we plan on reading through with our kids when they get old enough. These books are a lot more complex (and can be scarier) than the Narnia books and are intended for older kids.

 

World War 2 Romance by Sarah Sundin

with every letterIf you are interested in historical fiction, especially around World War 2, then you have to pick up some of Sarah Sundin’s books! She’s a phenomenal writer and her Christian romance books are a beautiful alternative to the junk that is out there today. Her two series that I own are Wings of the Nightingale and Wings of Glory.

I’ve actually had the pleasure of meeting Sarah at a writing conference the last two years and simply adore her! She is so sweet and so passionate about World War 2! Here we are at the latest writing conference in March:

Sarah Sundin

 

For Time and Eternity by Alison Pittman

for time and eternityFor Time and Eternity and the sequel Forsaking All Others are some of my favorite books of all time! The story follows a young woman who gets swept away into the budding Mormon cult and finds herself married in the brand new city of Salt Lake City to the man of her dreams who is considering taking a second wife. While this is a fiction story, I learned more about the beginnings of the Mormon religion than from any of my textbooks in college.

“All Camilla Deardon knows of the Mormons camping nearby is the songs she hears floating on the breeze. Then she meets one of them―a young man named Nathan Fox. Never did she imagine he would be so handsome, so charming, especially after Mama and Papa’s warnings to stay away. Though she knows she should obey her parents, Camilla can’t refuse her heart. But even Nathan’s promises cannot prepare her for what she will face in Utah.” – Amazon Description

Anything by Francine Rivers

Francine riversNo list of Christian Fiction books would be complete without mentioning Francine Rivers. She’s the queen of Christian Fiction and everything I’ve read of her’s has been amazing. I particularly like her historical fiction books set in Biblical times. I listened through several of her series on audiobook back when I had a 45 minutes commute to work before having kids. Funny enough – I’ve never read her most popular book – Redeeming Love – although it’s on my to read list!

My favorite series from her include:

I was completely star struck when I had the chance to actually meet Francine Rivers at my writing conference back in March! So amazing:

Meeting Francine Rivers

Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

Space triologyNot many people realize that in addition to The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis also wrote a sci-fi fiction series. I didn’t know this until I met my husband who had read them as a teenager. If you have a teen in your family (or you yourself) who loves sci-fi then check out this trilogy!

“The first book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which continues with Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice, and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity.” – Amazon Description

The Chiveis Trilogy by Bryan Liftin

The swordIf you are a fantasy fan (like my husband and I) then you need to read through this fantastic trilogy. It’s one of the deeper Christian fiction series I have read and will really get you thinking about sin, salvation, and the Word of God!

“Four hundred years from now a deadly virus and nuclear war have destroyed the modern world. Those who survived have returned to a medieval-like age of swords, horses, and feudal kingdoms. Yet the breathtaking mountain realm of Chiveis lives in peace, protected from the outside empires and obedient to its own gods.

But when Teo, an army scout, and Ana, the beautiful daughter of a farmer, discover an ancient book, everything begins to change in Chiveis—old beliefs give way to new faith, persecution rises, and the kingdom’s darkest secrets begin to surface.” – Amazon Description

The Circle Series by Ted Dekker

The Circle SeriesKnowing that I love fantasy, my husband introduced me to this author and The Circle Series when we first met. We both love this Christian fantasy series and plan to one day introduce our kids to it.

The Circle is an epic story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, and terrorist threat unlike anything the human race has ever known. It beings when a man named Thomas hunter finds himself being chased down an alley after working the late shift at a coffee house. When a bullet grazes his head, he awakens in an entirely different reality. Now every time he falls asleep, he wakes up in the other reality–and every choice he makes impacts the fate of two worlds.” – Amazon Description

Stephen Lawhead Books & Series

The King Raven TrilogyStephen Lawhead is a wonderful Christian author – even though all of his books don’t deal specifically with Christian topics, it’s still good knowing you can pick up his books without fear of what will be inside.

We haven’t read all of his books or series, but between my husband and I, we have read and enjoyed the following series:

What are your favorite Christian Fictions books you want to recommend? Leave a comment!

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  1. My favorite series of all time is the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury. There are a few spin off series after it but the first 5 books hold such a special place in my heart.

    • Yes I live Karen Kingsbury! You just don’t want to put it down!! Plus I try to stay Christian based when I read anything so Karen is a good example of that!

  2. I am always wanting to add books I haven’t heard of to my ‘to read’ list! thanks, I am adding the sci-fi ones. And fyi, Redeeming Love is, in my humble opinion, the worst book by Francine Rivers. I enjoyed her others way more!! Never understood why that one gets the glory 😉

    • Brock and Bodie Thoene are some of my all time favorite authors. I would start with their series The Zion Chronicles or The Zion Covenant. Fantastic historical fiction surrounding the establishment of the state of Israel (Chronicles) and pre WWII Europe (Covenant) . Their AD Chronicles is also excellent. They really open the Scriptures through their Jewish context and are compelling with their fictional story lines. I felt like I was reading for pleasure and growing in the Word all at once!

  3. Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers! Also Kristen Heitzman is really good for an intelligent read.

  4. Hi Jami,

    This article could not have come at a more perfect time! I love that you have included some of your favorite as well as what your husband likes to read.

    We are starting a new nightly routine where we read instead of watch TV before bed. (Trying to break bad habits!) We find that reading non fiction is too mentally stimulating, and are hoping that some fiction reads will be more relaxing. However, it can be hard to find Christian fiction if you don’t know where to start. Thanks for this list. It should keep us going for a while. I’m headed to the library right away!

  5. I love speculative fiction. If it has a Christian twist or world view, even better! Thank you for your post~ I just downloaded Brian Lifton’s “The Sword” Kindle edition free from Amazon! Now I have something new to read this coming weekend while traveling.

    Steven Lawhead is my favorite Christian author, and I have to agree with your husband~ the Song of Albion is the best. I was most disappointed by Patrick, though. It does have some questionable content.

    Another that I enjoyed is Forsaken Kingdom by Peter J Dudek. However, it is a cliffhanger, and I’ve been waiting two years for the next book!

  6. I am not much of a Christian fiction reader. It seems like most are romance novels and I detest those. However, I couldn’t agree more with your choice of The Chronicles of Narnia (a great story despite the questionable theology) and The Lord of the Rings.

  7. The most Christian fiction I’ve read is mainly for a younger audience. I have a teenaged bookworm who always wants me to read the books he is reading simultaneously (then we can get together later to discuss). By far my favorites are The Wormling Series by Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry and The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson. These 2 series would be great to read with your young ones when you feel the time is right. While these are for younger readers (probably 9-12 depending on maturity), I honestly enjoyed both enough to recommend to anyone.

  8. I love anything by Dee Henderson. Her fiction is set in current times, faith based, and I find them engaging and convicting. Her series about the O’Malley family is my favorite. I also loved Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series. The first book was particularly gripping.

  9. My husband and I have really liked Terri Blackstock. We have read most all of her books: Restoration Series, Intervention Series, Cape Refuge Series, SunCoast Chronicles, Newpointe 911, and her newest series, Moonlighters.

  10. I’m interested in opinions of the age appropriateness of the Chiveis Trilogy. It’s been about 3 years since I’ve read it and I was thinking about descriptions of pagan rituals and romance. Not that any of it is really appropriate but at what age would you let a child start?

  11. I do enjoy the Amish book series, particularly those by Amy Clipston and Barbara Cameron, but lately I’ve been reading Janette Oke. I have thoroughly enjoyed her Canadian West series (the inspiration for When Calls the Heart). It reminds me of the simplicity of Anne of Green Gables, another all time favorite series.

  12. I love the Sword and the Staff series by Patrick W. Carr and The Books of the infinite series by R.J. Larson. Thank you for the recs! READ ALL THE BOOKS!

  13. I am an avid reader, and I read a lot of Christian fiction! I also tend to avoid Amish and historical novels.
    My current favorite authors include:
    Katie Ganshert (she also just started publishing some YA sci-fi stuff under K.E. Ganshert)
    Joanne Bischof
    Ginny Yttrup
    Christa Parish
    My kids are just getting old enough to really enjoy longer books and we’ve done the Narnia series with them, plus listened to the audio versions as well.
    We’re currently working through the Mysterious Benedict Society series, which is not a Christian series, but we’re enjoying immensely!

  14. I love clean Christian fiction. I love Dee Hendersons O Malley series, All Terri Blackstocks books, I didn’t like Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series, though I like the history, It was way to graphic for me. Too much sexual content I don’t expect in Christian fiction. I also love the Brock and Bodie Thoene series, they are amazing. I also love Amish fiction (Janette Oke). I would never read the Pitman book. If I want to learn about Jehova Witnesses I would go to their church to learn about them, same with Mormons, or any other faith. I would go to the source to get the real unbiased doctrine.
    I also love the Narnia books, Anne of Green Gables, the Little House books and so many more.

  15. I love a number of books. Jane Eyre is a classic I feel with an overriding Christian theme, as is anything by Dickens. I’m a fan of the classics. Nancy Pearl says there are 4 doorways that people travel through to get into a book, setting, characters, language, and story. I feel these are classics because they hold each of these elements. I can get into the middle of the story before I realize I am there. If setting is your doorway, then Patty Slack is your gal. She writes Africa like nobody’s business in Saving Sorrow. Whatever you read, do it the way Ruth gleaned wheat, to nourish your soul. Happiness and growth in your reading adventures!

  16. I honestly can’t understand how some people can say that the Narnia and the Lord Of The Rings series are Christian novels, but Harry Potter and other fantasy fiction are the devil’s work…

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