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Subject: "Edgy
Date Posted: 12/3/2007 8:35 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/3/2007 8:36 PM ET
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Whoops! Slipped on the first one...I wanted to ask...

Has anyone read any Christian fiction lately that they would call "Edgy" fiction...something that is not whitewashed and sweet, but speaks about life how it really is?

Melissa

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 10:09 PM ET
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Brandt Dodson's Colton Parker series. they're mysteries like Magnum PI and the character goes into places like bars and strip clubs, very seedy places. but it's a really good read.

for something lighter but edgy i liked The Trophy Wives Club by Kristin Billerbeck.

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 7:37 AM ET
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good question! I wonder the same thing too.  For when I was in high school I thought Nancy Rue wrote good stuff, but alot of Christian Fiction seems to be "Christian Romance" which, no offense to any one, but I always found kind of bland.  I tend to like Ted Decker.  

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 10:29 PM ET
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That's exactly what I was getting at.

I read a Nancy Rue book (written with Stephen Arterburn) called Healing Stones, it comes out in January, and I think it definitely fits in this category. It was so good and spoke so much to my life, that now I'm on a search to find more.

 

Melissa

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 12:31 AM ET
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Can I just say, "As I Have Loved You" by Nikki Arana is an absolutely fantastic read that is not sugar coated and deals with tons of life issues - I loved it!!!

Date Posted: 12/9/2007 1:43 PM ET
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melody carlson writes some really edgy novels. i'm reading Crystal Lies right now, it's about a mother dealing with her son's crystal meth addiction. let's just say there is not a happy tidy ending to this story.

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 7:04 PM ET
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I really liked Crystal Lies. It is an incredibly powerful book, and you know it comes from the heart and reality because the author went through so much with her own son.

 

Melissa

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 12:00 PM ET
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Presumed Guilty by James Scott Bell.  It is a story of a successful mega-church pastor who has a past with porn and ends up in jail accused of murdering a prostitute that he definitely has been with.  You can't get more edgy than that.

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 3:34 PM ET
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i just finished reading The Pawn by Steven James. Wow talk about edgy!!!!

If you only read romances or other "safe" Christian fiction you probably will want to stay away from this book.

Serial killers, psychopaths, cults, mass suicides, corrupt killer politicians. Also info about the Jonestown suicides that I did not know about.  Wow, this book was so intense. Kinda gory too.

A battle between good and evil.  I really really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading the next book, The Rook. It should be another stay up late and nighter.

Date Posted: 10/14/2008 1:58 PM ET
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I'm reading Children of the Furor by Roger Elwood right now.  Neonazis and skinheads.  scary stuff happening right here in our country.



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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 10:12 AM ET
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"Adam" by Ted Dekker deals with a serial killer and demonic possession.  Nothing pretty to see here!

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 4:29 PM ET
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I always like to recommend a book by Randy Alcorn called "Safely Home"

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 8:04 AM ET
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Wow, I didn't know about Melody Carlson's son. I like her teen books more than her adult books because they tend to be more real. 

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 8:05 AM ET
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Playing God by Michelle Hammond really spoke to me.

Date Posted: 10/23/2008 10:45 AM ET
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I was not the biggest fan because it's not really my thing, but I liked Deception by Randy Alcorn because the characters were not perfect!

Date Posted: 11/1/2008 7:09 PM ET
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Ted Dekker is edgy. I have only read Three and Saint. I loved Three and was just confused with Saint. I think his books all kind of tie in together so you want to read them in the right order. I just read What She Left For Me by Tracie Peterson and it was pretty good. Also Serenity Bay by Bette Nordberg was good. Both of those deal with abuse.

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 11:48 AM ET
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Regarding Ted Dekker books, Black, Red, and White (the Circle Trilogy) are all one story.  Showdown, Saint, and Sinner all tie into the Circle Trilogy, so if you haven't read that, you might be lost.  Also the Lost Books (Chosen, Infidel, Renegade, and Chaos) are young adult tie-ins (but great reads for anybody.)  

He also wrote the Martyr series - Heaven's Wager, When Heaven Weeps, Thunder of Heaven, and Martyr's Song, which are not related at all to the Cirlce Trilogy.  

All of his books can be considered "edgy."  Three was quite trippy!  Blink was good also.

 

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 9:13 AM ET
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Anything by Francine Rivers, especially "Redeeming Love" and "Atonement Child"

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 12:04 AM ET
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I read Saint before reading anything else by Ted Dekker, and I actually kind of liked that I didn't know what was going on.  It made it more suspenseful.  I read Showdown after, but didn't like ti as well.  Everything else of his I've tried to read, I've haven't been able to get into.

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 2:26 PM ET
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I'm glad someone else likes books that are more real and edgy. :) I just finished reading Paid In Blood, by Mel Odom. It's the first book in the NCIS Military series. It's definitely a roller coaster ride and isn't a typical thriller that quits when the Christian part starts. It's not preachy but somehow says more that way. I'm buying it for my dad for Christmas and plan to read more books from that series.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 11:46 AM ET
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Ted Dekker is one of my favorite authors.  Some good ones are:

*Three

*House

*Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, White)

*Martyr series (as mentioned above)

*Blink (also titled: Blink of an Eye)

*Adam

*Skin

*Obsessed

Along with many others!  Can you tell I like this guy? LOL

 

"Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers is also very good...but it can be a bit disturbing too if you are sensitive to crimes against children.(don't want to give a "spoiler" by going into too much detail).

 

"Firstborn" by Robin Lee Hatcher is also good.  It deals with teenage pregnancy and adoption, as well as the repercussions later in life.