I mentioned earlier that I’m not a huge fan of Christian fiction these days, but there are a few that I think stand apart from the crowd. None of these are very recent, since I read the majority of these types of book in my teens.
The Russians by Michael Phillips
I loved this series. The great thing about Michael Phillips is that he really digs deep into the history of the people he writes about. Before reading this series I knew virtually nothing about Russian history, and I appreciated learning about what these people went through as I read. I also liked getting the perspective from both peasants and aristocrats. Excellent books.
The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers
I know it probably seems like I’m a huge Francine Rivers fan, since I already talked about The Atonement Child, but that’s not actually true (most of her books I haven’t liked much). The awesome thing about this series is that you get a real sense of what life in Roman times was like. For Christian books, they’re a little shocking at times because she paints the excesses and debauchery of Rome very vividly, but like with The Russians, I learned so much about ancient history that I never knew before. Even though it’s fiction, it gave me a greater understanding of the persecution that Christians endured at the hands of the Romans and their incredible faith during those dark times.
Do you have a favorite Christian historical novel? I’d love to hear about them.
See the rest of this series here.