Saturday, January 24, 2009

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday - I Recommend

My friend Amy is the host for Faith 'n Fiction Saturday. If you're interested, check it out here.

Today's question is: One thing we share in common is a love of books. I know there are participants of Faith 'n Fiction Saturdays that read over 200 books a year!
But while we may read a lot of books, only a few books in our lifetimes are special enough that we would never part with them, always recommend them, and maybe even reread them.

So...what fiction books with faith elements are on your keeper shelf? Please keep your answers to no more than 5 books!


My Answer:
I admire good writing, and all of my choices are good stories with well developed characters, written by talented authors. Since we're allowed series, I've selected two trilogies. In no particular order:

The Novelist by Angela Hunt, a story-within-a-story about an author with a problem son who teaches a class on writing and is challenged by one of the students to leave her comfort zone.



Doesn't She Look Natural? She Always Wore Red, and She's in A Better Place by Angela Hunt, a contemporary trilogy that teaches.







Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, the biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea.



Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, and Whence Came A Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs, a trilogy that parallels the biblical story of Jacob but is set in 1788 Scotland.






Dark Pursuit by Brandilyn Collins, a thriller written in third person voice, interspersed with the chapters of the killer written in first person.


16 comments:

Marvin D. Wilson said...

Excellent choices! Some I haven't read yet, thanks for the recommendations. Mine are up at:

http://tinyurl.com/br2qac

crittyjoy said...

Oh I love Redeeming Love! It is such a beautiful story...

I am going to have to check out some of your suggestions...they sound interesting.

Have a blessed day :)

Amy(The Sleepy Reader) said...

Redeeming Love made my list too!

Marta said...

WOW! Those are some great choices. My 'must read' list is getting longer and longer ;)

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Bluestocking said...

I'm glad I'm not the only person who didn't follow the five book rule.

I will nominate people for the award you gave me this week. It's hard narrowing down a list.

What's on Your Keeper Shelf

Lynn Squire said...

Oh, I love the Novelist as well. And all of Liz Curtis Higgs books. And Brandilyn Collins is one of my favorite authors (right up there with Francine Rivers). Good choices!

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Sally, thanks so much for including Dark Pursuit in your post of "keeper" books. I'm honored! And very glad you enjoyed the story.

Blessings,

~ Brandilyn

(Oh, PS: the voice in Dark Pursuit isn't omniscient. It's close third person multiple. I never write in omniscient because I don't care for it. It's the tecnique of the classics, true, but novels are written so differently these days.)

Lenore said...

I like Deadline by Randy Alcorn.
And the Pendragon cycle by Stephen Lawhead.

Jenny said...

The Debt by Angela Hunt is on my list - I really enjoy her books.

I read Dark Pursuit a few weeks ago, and while not listed on my F 'n F list today, I thought it was very good.

twiga92 said...

Thorn in My Heart was so good - love Liz Curtis Higgs' books.

Dee S. said...

I so loved Redeeming Love, Whence Came a Prince and everything Angela!! I'm so glad to have been reminded of some very good books. I love Brandilyn's books as well.

Nise' said...

Wonderful choices. I have the series by Lizz Curtis Higgs sitting on my shelf. I am going to move it up on the pile!

Christy Janes said...

I have a friend that loves the Liz Curtis Higgs series, too...she's been telling me to read it for months now!

Kara S. said...

Dark Pursuit is the first book of Brandilyn's that I've read and I will definitely be reading more!!! I loved Angie Hunt's Fairlawn series and didn't know whether to laugh or cry my way through book 3.

Angela said...

Thanks so much, Sally, for the kind mentions. I'm honored! And in SUCH great company!

Angie

Amy said...

I can see you like Angela Hunt!!! :)