My Favorite Books


Redeeming Love


The first Christian fiction book I read was Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It’s still my favorite, and my library is overflowing with Christian fiction now. It’s set in California’s gold country, 1850, and is loosely based on the book of Hosea.








Another favorite: Tosca Lee’s Havah: a Novel. Lee has portrayed the essence of a woman with little written history: Eve. It was an amazing journey to awake with Eve to the expanse of blue sky and Adam’s blue eyes, and follow her through the garden and the harsh world beyond. What Lee has done with this story is truly amazing. A must read.




All the light we cannot see




All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Skillfully written in first person, present tense, the story follows the separate paths of a young soldier and a blind woman through the horrors of World War II. Although they’ve never met, their lives are connected in ways not revealed until near the end of the book. A fascinating read.


Christ the Lord




Ann Rice’s Christ the Lord: the Road to Canaan Rice, herself, said this is the best book she’s ever written and I agree. It begins with Jesus, the carpenter, in Nazareth and ends at the wedding in Cana. I was skeptical of a book about Christ written in the first person, but Rice did it skillfully and with no violation of the scripture that I noticed.




A celebration of Sex




A Celebration of Sex by Dr. Douglass E. Rosenal  This is a must read for every Christian couple. Dr. Rosenal is a professional sex therapist and Christian counselor. You may think you know everything needed about this subject, but I assure you, there is much to learn from this artfully written book about God’s gift of sexuality.



love amid the ashes



Love Amid the Ashes by Mesa Andrews is another favorite. It’s the inspiring story of two Old Testament characters who suffered greatly: Dinah and Job, and how they triumphed in the end. Beautifully written.






I have so many favorites. I love anything the above authors have written, the classics: Dickens, Poe, Twain; the Outlander series, lots of fledgling authors I’ve met through American Christian Fiction Writers, way too many to name. I’ll be adding more favorites from time to time, so come back!



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