Saturday, 31 January 2009

Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday

It's Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday at Amy's blog and here is her question and my answer!

Today's Question:

You have a good friend who is a devoted Christian and voracious reader. He or she, however, tried to read a Christian fiction book in the past and found it to be too preachy and unrealistic. Your friend wants to try it again and has asked you for a recommendation. Their favorite genre of book is what is considered literary fiction What book would you recommend to them?

You also have a friend who is not a Christian but wants to read fiction that is considered clean without being
too Christian. They have asked you if there are Christian fiction books that might meet their reading needs. They are interested in romance and novels. What book would you recommend to them?

My Answer:

To the first friend I would recommend Charles Martin's books. His prose is stunning, particularly in When Crickets Cry, and he writes with sensitivity and deep felt emotion. Faith is an indelible part of his stories but not in an overwhelming or sappy manner. His most recent book, Where the River Ends, has been published in the ABA market.

To the second friend, I would recommend Denise Hunter's novels, Surrender Bay, A Convenient Groom and Sweetwater Gap. Written allegorically, a Christian will clearly identify the themes as spiritual, however someone who isn't will still truly enjoy the engaging romance and redemptive themes written so well by Denise.

Your Turn

Just write a post on your blog answering these questions and include a link back to Amy's post. Then enter your permalink in the Mister Linky below Amy's post!


Amy said...

Interesting choices Rel! I haven't read either author. I need more time!

Tracy said...

Great minds think alike. Those are exactly the two books that sprang to mind immediately, for me.

I remember being completely thrilled by Charles Martin's writing and absolutely stunned, when half way through 'Surrender Bay' I realised there was nothing overtly Christian in it. Of course I felt a bit of a dill when someone noted the allegorical aspect of the book. LOL

Smilingsal said...

Charles Martin is new to me; I'll keep my eyes open. I totally agree with you about Sweetwater Gap. It's a perfect answer, and you learn about apples! Happy Faith 'n Fiction Day. Here's my answer:

Anonymous said...

Hmm - you're the 2nd person to recommend Charles Martin to me in as many days - I'll have to check his writing out for sure. Good post and answers. I got mine up at Free Spirit-

Amy(The Sleepy Reader) said...

I have read When Crickets Cry and enjoyed it. I haven't heard of Denise Hunter though. I will check into reading some of those books.

Bluestocking said...

Interesting! My post is up


Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Oh - Charles Martin's books look good, I've never heard of him. Denise Hunter is a good one - I love her books.


Audra said...

I agree on Charles Martin. Wrapped in Rain has more Christian content than the others do. I really enjoy his books, and just found him within the past year.

bigguysmama said...

Thanks for these suggestions. Haven't read either of those authors tho I've heard of Denise Hunter.

~Mimi B @ Woven by Words

Naomi said...

Yeah I haven't heard of either of these two before. Thats why I love this blog so much.

Rel said...

Thanks Naomi for your kind words and everyone else for dropping by with your thoughts ;)

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