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My mother runs her church's library. She is always asking me for books I would recommend. I have come up with several for her, but I tell her I'll ask my "source".....ao....ladies....and gentlemen......What books pop into your mind???
The church library lady at my former church would always go to the Christian bookstore once a month and buy two books from the "bestseller" or "new" shelves.
It kinda depends on the demographics of the church, IMO. A church with an older, established congregation is going to be interested in different authors than those geared toward a younger, seeker type congregation.
Here are some authors off the top of my head: Beth Moore, Chuck Swindoll, John Eldredge, Anne Graham Lotz, Joyce Meyer.
Our church library has a very wide variety of books, from Christian Chick Lit to Bible study guides. I usually drift to the Christian Fiction section. Some of my favorite books are
Calm, Cool & Adjusted (Spa Girls Collection) by Kristin Billerbeck
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
The Trouble with Tulip (Smart Chick Mystery) by Mindy Starns Clark
Sisterchicks Down Under (Sisterchicks) by Robin Jones Gunn (all the Sisterchicks books are good)
Jan Karon's Mitford Complete Set of 9 Books: At Home in Mitford; A Light in the Window; These High, Green Hills; Out to Canaan; A New Song; A Common Life; Shepherds Abiding; Light From Heaven by Jan Karon
Death of a Garage Sale Newbie (A Bargain Hunters Mystery) by Sharon Dunn.
Sahm I Am (Steeple Hill Cafe) by Meredith Efken
Dying to Decorate (Friday Afternoon Club Mystery Series #1) by Cyndy Salzmann
Crime and Clutter (A Friday Afternoon Club Mystery) by Cyndy Salzmann
She's Out of Control (Ashley Stockingdale Series #1) by Kristin Billerbeck (good series)
Farther Than I Meant To Go, Longer Than I Meant To Stay by Tiffany L. Warren
Miss Invisible (Women of Faith Fiction #17) by Laura Jensen Walker (Women of Faith puts out a good line of Fiction novels)
I hope this gives you some ideas to give your mom. I know many people enjoy Beverly Lewis, Tim LaHaye, Bodie and Brock Theone, Jerry B Jenkins, Wanda Brunstetter, Lauraine Snelling, Karen Kingsbury and many others. Have fun!!
Any book by Karen Kingsbury! Any of the series by Thoene - Christian books set in Europe OR America before, during and after WW2. There are a couple more great Christian writers that I simply can't think of the name right now. IF I were you I'd go to the forum Christian recomdations and ask this question. LOTS of suggestions there already.
I think the name is God Loves Cracked Pots.
I'm on the board of directors for our church library and have a list on my computer at home. I'll pick out some good ones and list them here this evening.
Men of the Saddle Series
Brides of the West Series
Anything by Beverly Lewis, Lori wick, Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock just to name a few great fiction writers.
I second Lori Wick. She is a great Christian Romance author. I especially like her Kensington Chronicles Series and the Californians! Also, Dee Henderson is good, along with Randy Alcorn and L.B. Graham!
Angela Hunt - Her book The Debt and The Note are my favorite. Really stretches your thought oreocess and your faith-fiction
Beth Moore- Her Bible studies and books are truly inspired . Emboldens you to have a deeper relationship with the Lord. Encouragesd your relationship doesnt tell you what and how to think-non fiction
Dee Brestin- nice series, easy reading full of excitement and faith- fiction
Frank Peretti- truly excellent all of his books. Exciting and thought provoking most fiction some non fiction
Bill Myers- great fiction books light read
Randy Alcorn - suspensful fiction
Francine Rivers- wonderful historical fiction you learn a lot and helps you understand the culture and faith of the times
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