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Subject: A Few Questions
Date Posted: 2/17/2009 10:51 AM ET
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I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of some good Christian "Thrillers". Is Ted Dekkar good?

Also, I need a good Bible Study for someone completely new to the faith (me!). I know very little about the Bible and what it contains. Do you know of any good "Exploring your faith" books too? I'm looking for some guidance!

Thank you so much!

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:36 PM ET
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First of all, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM!!!! Praise God! :)

Second, Ted Dekkar is good, but kinda creepy in some of his books. His book Skin for example is a bit too much for me. Some christian book stores don't even have that one on the shelves because it's too disturbing. However, he co-writes some books with Frank Perretti that are really good. I like Frank Perretti by himself alot, too. He writes alot about the spiritual realm, like angels and demons and things that are in this world but we can't see... and how they effect this world. I love it.

As for bible study options, there are quite a few good ones out there... of course, my mind is drawing a blank at the moment, but I'm going to go look them up again for you. In the mean time, I suggest reading and meditating on Matthew and John in the bible! John 1-3 are great chapters that I find myself going back to alot...

Also, I suggest you check out this site: www.wherethemapends.com and review some of the authors on there. The creator has done a wonderful job organizing. ALOT of it is fantasy and speculative fiction, but there are some thriller and suspense authors, too. And, best part of it, they're ALL Christian authors! Oh, another good website is www.christianbook.com They have a comparison chart that makes it easy to find new authors based on what genre you like and they compares authors to authors, it's been really helpful for me.

I'll be praying for you, Sarah.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:52 PM ET
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I would like to say welcome to the kingdom also! :)  It will be the best decision that you have ever made.
To go along with the Bible study that you find, I would suggest getting an easy to read Bible translation such as
NLT (New Living Translation) or NCV (New Century Version).  The language is a lot easier to understand.  There are also several others that you can find at any Christian book store or www.ChristianBook.com like the previous person listed.

Frank Peretti is a really good author.  He was the author for the first Christian fiction book that I ever read.  If you like a good mystery/suspense type book then Terri Blackstock is good.  Creston Mapes has written a couple of books that I couldn't put down, The Rock Star Chronicles.
If you enjoy murder/mystery type books I have enjoyed Steven James and Tim Downs (his books have some graphic descriptions similar to CSI shows).

Hope that this helps! 

 

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 1:17 PM ET
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Brandt Dodson, Robert Liparulo, TL Hines, James David Jordan, Eric Wilson, James Scott Bell, Robin Parrish and Steven James are some of my faves.

Colleen Coble's book are really good as well. My favorite of hers is Abomination

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 11:44 AM ET
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Welcome to the family!!

Davis Bunn has written a wide variety of books, including a few legal-type suspense novels.  The Great Divide is my personal favorite by him.  He's a very good, solid Christian author in general, but is not preachy or trite at all in his writing (which some can be).  Of course, Peretti reigns supreme, but he hasn't done a whole lot lately.  He co-wrote House with Ted Dekker, but it wasn't a favorite of mine.  But all his other books have been VERY good.

Ted Dekker has written a few good ones, but has gone a bit too far for my personal taste.  Blink is very good and so was Three.  The trilogy with colors as the title was okay, nothing too edgy there.

 

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 1:10 AM ET
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Sarah,

I'm so happy for you and think it's great that you want to read Christian books (in addition to the Bible, of course).!

I also love to read Ted Dekkar.....I specially liked Blessed Child, a Man Called Blessed, and the Martyr's Song Series.  Blink was the first one I read and that got me hooked!

I'll have to think about the Bible Studies, I do have a number of them but not sure what you are looking for.  .  One is Becoming a Woman of Faith by Cynthia Heald which I intended to post tonight.



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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 7:51 AM ET
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Welcome to the family! 

    Books by Kenneth Hagin are non-fiction  and give information and practical advice on who you are in Christ now and your rights , priveleges and abilities as a believer. 

Also a book that I LOVE (non-Fiction) is called "Destined to Reign" by Joseph Prince  which talks about the Love and Grace of God and what that means to you in your life in practical ways.  It has many biblical references.

 



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Date Posted: 2/22/2009 6:52 PM ET
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As far as thrillers, I did not like Ted Dekker because of reasons already said on here. I like some of Alton Gansky, and Frank Peretti. Colleen Coble's are pretty good but there are some other things in hers I did not care for. I am pretty picky on mine:)