Christian fiction has much to offer and can be a great part of any reader's book collection. Our list of recommended Christian fiction books includes selections from bestselling authors and up-and-coming writers with stories full of elements like romance, suspense, history, current events, faith, and forgiveness. So pick up some compelling stories that can inspire your own faith journey.
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1. Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe
Austin Foster is barely a teenager when her mama dies giving birth to twins, leaving her to pick up the pieces while holding her six siblings together and doing her best to stop her daddy from retreating into his personal darkness. Scratching out a living on the family's tobacco farm is as tough as it gets. When a few random acts of kindness help to ease the Fosters' hardships, Austin finds herself relying upon some of Magnolia's most colorful citizens for friendship and more. But it's next to impossible to hide the truth about the goings-on at Nolia Farms, and Austin's desperate attempts to save face all but break her. Just when it seems she might have something more waiting for her, her father makes a choice that will crack wide-open the family's secrets and lead to a public reckoning.
2. Three Missing Days by Colleen Coble (The Pelican Harbor No. 3)
Chief of Police Jane Hardy plunges into the investigation of a house fire that claimed the life of a local woman as well as one of the firefighters. It's clear the woman was murdered. But why? The unraveling of Jane's personal life only makes the answers in the case more difficult to find. Then Jane's fifteen-year-old son is accused of a horrific crime, and she has to decide whether or not she can trust her ex, Reid, in the attempt to prove Will's innocence. And whether she can trust Reid with her heart. Three days of Jane's past are missing from her memory, and that's not all that has been stolen from her. As she works to find the woman's murdered and clear her son's name, finding out what happened in those three days could change everything.
3. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
In Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers brings us a powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea. It tells a redeeming story of God's deep, unconditional, and all-consuming love. Through the story of Angel and Michael, we see how deeply God's love can heal and forgive us.
4. The Timepiece by Beverly Lewis
While still struggling with the fallout of family secrets revealed in Beverly Lewis' The Tinderbox, young Amish woman Sylvia Miller and her mother bring an outsider into their home who is a painful reminder of what came to light. Can God redeem the past and bring healing to the Miller family, or will the Englisher Adeline prove to be the breaking point for Sylvia, her family, and her town?
5. Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury
Cole Blake is about to head off to college, embarking on his future career in medicine. Elise is a young girl trying to leave her mistakes in the past and mend her ways. As the two meet and love begins to blossom, she finds one thing she can't leave in her past: she's pregnant. Cole is determined to support his first love, even if it means leaving college behind to raise someone else's baby. Though Elise decides to put the baby up for adoption to a family dealing with the pain of infertility, she develops doubt as the due date draws closer. Does she want to keep the baby? Her looming decision could shatter everyone's plans and lead them into the unexpected.
6. The Beirut Protocol by Joel C. Rosenberg
A game-changing peace treaty between Israel and the Saudis is nearly done. The secretary of state is headed to the region to seal the deal. And Special Agent Marcus Ryker is leading an advance trip along the Israeli-Lebanon border, ahead of the secretary's arrival. But when Ryker and his team are ambushed by Hezbollah forces, a nightmare scenario begins to unfold. The last thing the White House can afford is a new war in the Mideast that could derail the treaty and set the region ablaze. U.S. and Israeli forces are mobilizing to find the hostages and get them home, but Ryker knows the clock is ticking.
7. Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock
Years ago, Nate Beckett was in love with Brenna, the daughter of a local preacher. When Brenna was found sneaking out one night, it caused a loud, public fight between her dad and Nate's drunker father. Brenna's dad was found murdered that night and Nate's dad was arrested and imprisoned. Soon after, when a fire struck the church, Nate fled rumors and accusations to start a new life. Now, after 14 years of fighting wildfires, circumstances compel Nate to return home. But he must confront his father, a wildfire threatening the town, and Brenna's broken life. Can they learn to trust each other again and help each other face both the past and the present?
8. Lethal Intent by Cara Putman
When the judge she's clerked for dies, Caroline Bragg starts over as in-house counsel for a pharmaceutical start-up working on innovative adult stem cell research with the potential to save thousands of lives. But when her charismatic new boss ignores her legal advice, Caroline's left unsettled. Then a furious family demands answers regarding how the start-up used their deceased relative's cells for innovation — with neither informed consent nor agreement for compensation. Caroline must defend the work of the company even as she realizes the business is operating on questionable legal and ethical grounds. Caroline's friend Brandon Lancaster is at risk of losing his life's work — a foster care group called Almost Home that provides a landing place for sibling groups. Tthe pharmaceutical company's he invested his last dime in is losing value fast. He's been counting on the eventual sale of the start-up to save Almost Home, but with every other effort failing, he's out of options and out of time.
9. The Robin's Greeting by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Amish Greenhouse Mystery No. 3)
Suddenly widowed with the weight of her family and business on her shoulders, Belinda King struggles to remain strong and at peace. When the pressures mysteriously increase, will she crumble, or can she turn to one of two new suitors?
10. The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write. Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come?
11. Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon (A Hope Harbor Novel)
Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted — fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she goes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss — and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly.
12. Active Defense by Lynette Eason (Danger Never Sleeps No.3)
As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn't expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house and threatened her friends, she assumes it is a stalker. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble has followed her there. Heather and security agency owner Travis must figure out who wants her dead — and why — before it's too late.
13. The Shell Collector by Nancy Naigle
Two years after her husband's death, Amanda Whittier has two children to raise alone, an abandoned dream of starting a business, and a fixer-upper cottage by the sea. She has no room in her life for anything else and little interest in moving on after losing the man she loved. Paul Grant is a relative newcomer to the area, and his work with former military dogs needing rehabilitation has been good for the town. Though he loved once before, he's convinced he's not suited for romance and is determined to find meaning — alone — through his work and role in the community. Widowed Maeve Lindsay was born and raised on Whelk's Island. Spirited, kind, and a little mischievous, she pours her life into the town. But she carries a secret that shapes her every move. Together, these three souls find encouragement in the most mysterious places and discover a love that's bigger than their pain, healing their wounded hearts in ways none of them could have hoped for or expected.
14. Chasing Shadows by Lynn Austin
For fans of bestselling World War II fiction comes a powerful story about three women whose lives are instantly changed when the Nazis invade the neutral Netherlands, forcing each into a complicated dance of choice and consequence. The Nazi invasion propels these women onto paths that cross in unexpected, sometimes-heartbreaking ways. Yet the story that unfolds illuminates the surprising endurance of the human spirit and the power of faith and love to carry us through.
15. The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
At the close of the Civil War, amid the ruin of Southern life and the end of the wretched practice of slavery, "Lost Friends" advertisements began to appear in Southern newspapers as men and women, now free, searched for families long lost. In The Book of Lost Friends, author Lisa Wingate brings new life to a few of these gripping stories, inspired by real Lost Friends advertisements. Can these brave souls find hope and healing amidst the ruin of war and slavery?