Day 20: Christian fiction


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

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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

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I know it probably seems like I’m a huge Francine Rivers fan, since I already talked about The Atonement Childbut 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.

4 thoughts on “Day 20: Christian fiction”

  1. I am picky about my Christian fiction because a lot of it is too fluffy and not that well written! However, on my short list of authors is Lynn Austin. I’ve read almost everything she has written and loved it all. I don’t agree with all of her theology, but the stories are captivating and intelligent and of the can’t-put-down variety!

    1. I could not agree with you more! I’ll have to check out Lynn Austin. The name sounds familiar but I don’t think I’ve read any of her books. Do you have any in particular that you would recommend?

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