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  • anything by Jannette Oke, especially A Women Named Damaris and The Love Comes Softly Series, California Pioneer Series by Elaine Schulte, Two from Galilee, Three from Galilee, and the Messiah by Marjorie Holmes, Cape Refuge Series by Terry Blackstock,

  • The Red Tent is not Christian but is biblical. About Abraham’s daughter.

  • Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series is my favorite of all time. Plus like Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series and The Russians by Theone (I think).

    • have you ever read For One More Day by Mitch Albom. Mindblowingly good, as was the TV movie. Also with Michael Imperioli, who was in the TV movie of The Five People You Meet In Heaven.

    • i started but was not able to finish, i think we moved and i lost the book, now that you remind me, i will try to find one now, thanks!

  • If you want Catholic fiction, try the novels of François Mauriac, who was a Nobel laureate. Also, Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.

  • I liked Francine Rivers’s Mark of the Lion series (set in Rome in the early days of the Church).
    Taylor Caldwell wrote fictionalized biographies of St. Paul (Great Lion of God) and St. Luke (Dear and Glorious Physician); her books The Listener and No One Hears But Him I find profoundly Christian, but they never once say so.
    Evelyn Waugh, not only for Brideshead Revisited, but also Helena, his novel about the mother of Emperor Constantine and the woman credited with finding the remains of the True Cross.
    Some people think very highly of Joseph Girzone’s Joshua books, although I for one could not *stand* the one that I read.
    In this House of Brede, by Rumer Godden, about life in a Benedictine monastery around the time of Vatican II is one of my all time favorite books; her Black Narcissus, set in an Anglican convent in the Himalayans, is perhaps better known: it was filmed in the 50s with Deborah Kerr in the lead. Her Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy was also excellent.

    • I haven’t read any joseph girzone’s but what did you not like about the one that you read?

    • Girzone’s Joshua is something of a thought exercise in what Jesus would look like if he returned, and so He’s a (contemporary) carpenter of obscure origin, quietly promoting a message of love and leaving unexplained healings in his wake. He is not at all dogmatic, nor is he in the least challenging, which I think is why he appeals to many. This is not a “take up your cross and follow me” Christianity; this is a “as long as you’re not hurting anyone, it’s all good” Christianity.
      It’s also *abominably* written, with two-dimensional (even one-dimensional) characters, clunky dialogue, and wildly improbably scenarios.

  • Left behind series is a good Christian fantasy type series!

  • let me know if you like more literary fiction which had themes or ideas which would appeal to Christian readers.

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