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Subject: Christian romance fiction and drama
Date Posted: 6/19/2007 8:03 PM ET
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Just wanted to see if anyone else loves reading these kind of books, I'm a Christian and love to read, my faviorate authors are Lori wick, Beverly Lewis, Dee Henderson, Collen Coble,Karen Kingsbury, Sally John. Dee Henderson is the one that got me reading again I had stopped reading because I didn't think there was any good books out there that didn't have sex in it or bad language and after I read her books I descovered my love for reading all over again. I love Her O'Mally series. I also love reading books about the Amish people.

Theresa

 

Date Posted: 6/20/2007 9:35 AM ET
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Have you tried these Authors?: Wanda Brunstetter, Carrie Bender or Mary C. Borntrager. They write alot of Amish storylines, Karen Harper does also, though she might have some  mention of sex in hers, but not graphic stuff.Hers have a little mystery to them also.

Date Posted: 6/20/2007 12:47 PM ET
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I have read Wanda Brunstetter and I really like her I just didn't have her book near when I posted that plus I haven't read her enough to remember her last name yet, I haven't tried the other ones I will look for there books thanks for the tip, as long as it is not graphic and doesn't have bad words in them I would love to know some more good authors that write mysterys also. Thanks

Date Posted: 6/20/2007 4:49 PM ET
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Ted Dekker is my favorite Christian author, although his books are not really romances.  When Heaven Weeps was easily one of the best books I've ever read.  I could just feel the Lord's love shining through that story.  It's worth paying full price for it at Border's. :)

I also like Frank Peretti, but his books are NOT romances at all.  They are wonderful though.  You'll never look at spirtiual warfare the same way.

 

Date Posted: 6/20/2007 8:35 PM ET
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Kerrie, I second your sentiments about When Heaven Weeps. It is, without a doubt, the best Christian nove I've ever read and it literally changed my life, in that I finally understood what real, pure love is. I don't think anyone who reads it can ever perceive things in the same way again. The intensity of God's love is shown in such a heartwrenching way, there are times it actually hurts to read it. But you can't NOT read it.

I have read Peretti and his books are good, but I prefer the early Dekker books.

As for other Christian fiction, Francine Rivers writes the best romances, IMO. I'm not much of a romance reader, but River's Redeeming Love is an unforgettable story. 

I also enjoy Terri Blackstock (Christian mysteries) and Neta Jackson (the Yada Yada Prayer Group series), among others.

Wanda

Date Posted: 6/20/2007 11:54 PM ET
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I am so glad that there are so many quality Christian authors out there right now.   Kingsbury of course, is a favorite but I've discovered several others that I really like.  For historical novels I love Brock and Bodie Thoene - they have several different series set before and during WW2, also a series in early American.  For courtroom drama there is Robert Whitlow.  His Life Support and and Life Everlasting are full of drama. 

Date Posted: 6/21/2007 12:29 AM ET
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Has anyone ever read Liz Curtis Higgs?  She wrote a series of books focused around Jacob's wives.  Its historical fiction however its setting is the 1400's in Ireland.  I found it odd but once I started reading i really loved it.   I still have them in my TBR pile but will post them soon. 

Check her out at:

  1. Thorn in My HEart
  2. Fair is the Rose
  3. Whence Came a Prince

 

Thorn In My Heart Summary:

Two brothers fight to claim one father's blessing. 
Two sisters long to claim one man's heart. 


In the autumn of 1788, amid the moors and glens of the Scottish Lowlands, two brothers and two sisters each embark on a painful journey of discovery.

Jamie and Evan McKie both want their father Alec's flocks and lands, yet only one brother will inherit Glentrool. Leana and Rose McBride both yearn to catch the eye of the same handsome lad, yet only one sister will be his bride.
 
A thorny love triangle emerges, plagued by lies and deception, jealousy and desire, betrayal and broken promises. Brimming with passion and drama, Thorn in My Heart brings the past to vibrant life, revealing spiritual truths that transcend time and penetrate the deepest places of the heart.

Date Posted: 6/21/2007 12:47 AM ET
Member Since: 6/14/2007
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Frank Peretti is one of the first authors that I read years ago my sister in law, told me about his books I think it was into the darkness and pearsing the darkness, I never even thought about spirital warfare until after reading those books they were hard to put down, I have read House by him also, I also have some Dekker books that I haven't read yet I have a few books that I haven't read because new releases come out that I have been waiting for and I end up buying them and I never get to the other ones.  I also love Terri Blackstock I think I have all of her books and have read and loved them all. I two am glad that there are so many christian authors out there I love reading and I am usually always working on a book I have so many that's why I was so happy to find this book club. I think Romances and Mysterys are my two faviorte kind of books. Is the YaYa prayer group series good? I think I have one of those books but haven't read it yet. Oh I also love a good western romance.

Theresa

Date Posted: 6/24/2007 3:57 PM ET
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Hi Theresa!

I also love Christian fiction, and have read most of the authors you mentioned. The Yada Yada Prayer Group series is AWESOME!! I've read all of them so far,and am now waiting for the last one that will be out around Christmas.

The Mitford series is great, I hated to see it end.

I just finished one by Robin Lee Hatcher called "Return To Me" that I enjoyed very much!

Amish stories are a favorite of mine too!

 

Theresa W.

 

Date Posted: 6/24/2007 4:12 PM ET
Member Since: 4/17/2007
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I love Lori Wick's books a lot. I have been collecting Janette Oke's because those were the books I read when I was younger and they bring back such great memories.

Date Posted: 6/25/2007 12:10 AM ET
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Wow Theresa, I just ordered that book Return to me, I'm glad to hear that you liked it. I haven't read the yaya prayer group ones yet but I will want to read them now, I read the Milford ones to but I didn't read them all and now I can't remember which one I stopped at they were good but they weren't my faviorate I would like to figure out where I stopped and pick them up again. I sold them on ebay that was way before I found this book club.

I love Lori Wick books to and I have alot of hers I just haven't been able to part with them yet but maybe some time down the road. I have alot of Janette Oke's to and think she is wonderful have you been watching the movies that her series love comes softly has been made into? they are great you can catch them on the Hallmark channel you just have to go online and find out what time they come on.

I just finished a love inspired book called Changing her heart by Gail Sattler it was really good one of those that is interesting from the beginning. I am trying to get all of the mail order brides series of Al and Joanna Lacy I have one and more on the way I'm sure they will be good. I also ordered and I'm waiting for The baby farm by Karen Harper and Three weddings and a giggle that one sounds good have any of you read them?

Theresa

Date Posted: 6/25/2007 12:24 AM ET
Member Since: 6/14/2007
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Hi Tessie,

I just looked in your booklist and seen you had The rapture of Canaan I have that book, that book was wild wasn't it some of the things those people did I found myself ingrossed in that book and thinking wow these people are crazy! but I loved the book anyway just wanted to tell you that and I am thinking about posting my book to and I may try those books you wrote about Thorn in my heart sounds really good I will probably get that book when I get more credits.

Theresa

Date Posted: 6/25/2007 3:44 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2007
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For a fast, easy read, try some Sisterchicks books by Robin Jones Gunn, I believe.  Sisterchicks on the Loose (best friends) was funny, but I preferred Sisterchicks in Sombreros (sisters).  I also enjoyed tremendously Gardenias for Breakfast by the same author.  It's a funny and extremely touching story of mother/daughter relationships.  Teresa

Date Posted: 6/25/2007 11:38 PM ET
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Thanks Teresa,

I'll give them a try. I know I loved Robin Jones Gunn's series that had cloud and whisper and all the other ones I have them but loved them so much It will be hard to part with them maybe one day though.

Theresa

Date Posted: 6/26/2007 4:42 PM ET
Member Since: 9/6/2006
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I will never part with my Glenbrooke series by Robin Jones Gunn!! (Clouds, Echoes, etc.) I am trying to collect the Christy Miller books too for me and for my future daughter(s). LOL. They were a treasure to me when I was growing up.

My favorite Lori Wick is Sophie's Heart...if you haven't read it, you must!

Date Posted: 6/26/2007 9:46 PM ET
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I like Susan May Warren, Kristen Billerbeck, Rachel Hauck.

Date Posted: 6/27/2007 11:13 AM ET
Member Since: 5/30/2007
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Have you discovered the Heartsong Presents book club? 4 Christian romance novels a month.

Date Posted: 6/29/2007 11:08 AM ET
Member Since: 9/30/2006
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I agree about Janette Oke's books, especially the "Love Comes Softly" series.  These are so good that I have re-read them a few times.  Have you read Jan Karon's "Mitford Series" ?  These are wonderful and follow the pastorate of Father Timothy and his late blooming marriage.  I also like the Cheney Duvall, M.D. series by Lynn Morris & Gilbert Morris.  The main character reminds me a bit of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" in that Cheney also became one of the first woman doctors in the post-civil war area, and details her struggle to be accepted as a serious physician.  Chronicles her romantic life as well.  Hope these are helpful to you!

Date Posted: 6/30/2007 9:42 PM ET
Member Since: 6/3/2007
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Hi all!

I'm fairly new here, but as a Christian, I LOVE to read Christian fiction. :) In general, I'm not that big on romance, but many of the books I do like have a romance along with other themes in them.

I also have enjoyed Wanda Brunstetter, as someone mentioned earlier. Another good Amish writer is Beverly  Cleary. I recently have read some of her books and really enjoyed them.

Terri Blackstock is another favorite of mine. I just finished the Cape Refuge series (running romance along with mystery/murder scenarios), but so far I'm really enjoying the Newpoint 911 series best (murders in Louisiana involving firemen, police).

I've read some Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti as well (just a few of each) and found them, well....interesting. Good enough to read more eventually, but right now, my TBR pile needs to be whittled down a bit! :) LOL

I've enjoyed my first month or so here - hope to get to know all of you better!

Faithfully reading,

~Donna <><

Date Posted: 7/5/2007 10:06 AM ET
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Hello new friends!

I am so glad to have finally looked at the forums!  I have a number of favorite authors, but I think all people who devour books list many as their favs.

Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Dee Henderson, Angela Hunt, Rbin Gunn.  I really enjoy the mystery/thrillers by Ted Dekker, Frank P., Roger Elwood, Paul Maier... I also enjoy John Piper, Max Lucado, Steve McVey, John Eldridge.

If anyone has suggestions for new authors along these lines, let me know. 

Currently reading THE PRODIGAL COMES HOME  which is the story of Micheal English.  It is very honest in its presentation and such a story about God's unconditional love.

It is wonderful "meeting" all of you!

IN CHRIST ALONE
Tchrmom777

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 8:23 PM ET
Member Since: 4/26/2007
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Debra White Smith did a few romances that are based on Jane Austen's books.  Her first one was First Impressions based on Pride and Prejudice.  The catch is that you have to like Jane Austen to like these books.  Or you could try Ray Blackston.  Flabbergasted and A Delirious Summer aren't really romances per se.  They are about love and dating, from a guys point of view, but they aren't romances in the traditional sense.  I find them funnier then most romances I read.  I don't know if anyone has mentioned Tracie Peterson yet.  She has a few different series.  The one I've read was set during the Alaskan gold rush, so they are historicals mostly.  Any of the above are good.  I like the Jane Austen series the best, but only because I love Jane Austen with a passion.  Those by Ray Blackston are by far the funniest and were the funnest for me to read.  Hope that gives you some ideas!

Date Posted: 8/5/2007 1:29 PM ET
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"New England" is a great Christian Romance Book which includes several stories. It's on my book list - check it out

Date Posted: 8/5/2007 2:13 PM ET
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Was Lauraine Snelling mentioned?  I really like her stuff along with most of the authors mentioned.

 

Kristine

Date Posted: 8/14/2007 7:40 PM ET
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Hello all ~ i'm new here so reading things getting Ideas.

I found one series that I thought was good. But didn't fully finish. Lauraine Snelling Red River North series. Also I read Ruby from Lauraine Snelling as well.

Em

Date Posted: 8/19/2007 11:45 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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Try the POTLUCK CLUB series!!!   Its written by two amazing Christian Authors and its the story of several women who get together every month for a potluck and prayer group.  Theres love, drama, friendship, heartache...a little of everything!   But, of course no sex or profanity!   There are 3 books in the series and all of them were EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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