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Subject: Any Recommendations on Good Christian Authors?
Date Posted: 8/4/2007 10:57 PM ET
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I have a 15 year old who LOVES to read.  She is hooked on the Beverly Lewis and Janette Oke books.  She is wanting to read the Wanda Brunstetter books, but with those being rather new, we haven't found any in box lots. (we are new to PBS so low on credits : ) Does any one out there have any recommendations for good authors? Possibly some good titles?  She seems to like books on the Amish, but as of yet, I can only find the above 2 authors that write on this.  Please feel free to PM me with suggestions. Thanks!



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Date Posted: 8/5/2007 11:21 AM ET
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I don't have a suggestion on Amish titles, but I do know that a lot of children enjoy the Left Behind Kids series

Date Posted: 8/5/2007 11:42 AM ET
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Thank you for the suggestion

Date Posted: 8/5/2007 3:09 PM ET
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CHRISTY by Catherine Marshall might be something she would like. It is about a nineteen year old girl that goes to be a teacher in the Smoky Mountains and her life there. 

 Also there is one Amish one that comes to mind and that is ROSANNA OF THE AMISH  by Joseph Warren Yoder.

 



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Date Posted: 8/5/2007 5:16 PM ET
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I love books by Dee Henderson.  Her O'Malley series is especially good.  Try to read them in order if possible.  There is a prequel to the series also.  They contain wonderful characters with exciting and interesting careers and relationships with Biblical values.

Date Posted: 8/6/2007 8:16 AM ET
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I second Dee Henderson.  Karen Kingsbury might be another good option. 

Date Posted: 8/6/2007 8:42 AM ET
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I am reading the Zion Convenant series by Bodie Theone.  It is excellent.  Follows a family of Jewish descent in Europe during WW2.  Shows characters that struggle with and then are sustained by their faith, and how they act with courage in the face of evil.  Also helping me w/ a better understanding of what happened in that time period.  Hard to put down kind of books.

Date Posted: 8/7/2007 10:19 AM ET
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I read all the Robin Jones Gunn books when I was 15-18--Christy Miller series and Christy and Todd College books are fantastic. Her Glenbrooke series is about adults but is easy and sweet for a teen. Sisterchicks books might be a little too grown-up.

Has she read the Canadian West series by Oke? Those were my favorites!

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 1:12 AM ET
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I second the Janette Oke recommendation!  My pastor grandfather gave me several of the books when I was a teen (Seasons of the Heart Series & Canadian West Series) and I absolutely loved them!  They were so good that I didn't even realize they were Christian books (and as a teen I would have completely avoided them had I known!)  I'm now in the process of replenishing my collection.  Of all the books I read so long ago, these are the stories I have longed to re-read.

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 2:35 AM ET
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I third Janette Oke! I love the movies that are based upon her works! The one that comes to mind for me is the Love Comes Softly series, which I recommend as a good one!  The life struggles just pull you in and the triumphs of faith and love make them a worthwhile set to get into,  imo.  I've yet to read the novels, but the movies were amazing!  I can only imagine that the books would be even better!



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Date Posted: 8/8/2007 7:49 AM ET
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Yes, like I said in the first post, Janette Oke and Beverly Lewis are her favorites.  I was hoping to find some additional authors that would be just as good as these two.  I heard Lori Wick is good, does anyone have input on her?

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 8:36 AM ET
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I haven't read a lot of Lori Wick but I LOVE her single title Sophie's Heart. It is one of my favorite books of all time, and I read it for the first time when I was a teenager.

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 11:10 PM ET
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There is also Julie, by Catherine Marshall that is a good one. 

Date Posted: 8/11/2007 10:05 AM ET
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Definately Dee Henderson!  I loved the prequel, Danger In The Shadows, best of all the O'Malley series, but it might be a little "dark" for a young girl, as it's about a lady who, along with her twin sister, were kidnapped when they were children.  One twin dies in the ordeal and the other spends her life running from the abductor until she meets the man of every woman's dreams:)  It's one of my favorite books.  My favorite of the actual O'Malley series is The Negotiator.

If your daughter is an animal lover, Unspoken by Angela Hunt, was very moving.  I can still feel Sema's fur and see her dark eyes.

Date Posted: 8/11/2007 3:00 PM ET
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I agree with the author Bodie Theone written alone and with her husband.  They have several series and one of them takes place in America at the end of WW1.  That series is The Shiloh Legacy.     I would suggest you take a look at other threads in this section of PBS.  Lots of different authors talked about.  How great that your girls love to read!

 

Date Posted: 8/17/2007 7:14 PM ET
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Last Light, Night Light & True Light by Terri blackstock would be great for a teenager or anyone else. A lot of the first two books actually follow a teenager. I can't say about the third cause I am still trying to get it. These were so good! I have loved everything I've read of her.

Here's a description of the first book Last Light:

In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, Deni Brannings career ambitions have vanished. Shes not about to let her dream of marriage go as well. But keeping it alive will require extraordinary measures. Yesterdays world is gone. All Deni and her family have left is each other and their neighbors. Their little community will either stand or fall together. But theyre only beginning to realize thatand trust doesnt come easily, particularly when one of them is a killer. Best-selling suspense author Terri Blackstock weaves a masterful what-if novel in which global catastrophe reveals the darkness in human heartsand lights the way to restoration for a self-centered world.

Today, the world as you know it will end. No need to turn off the lights. Your car suddenly stalls and wont restart. You cant call for help because your cell phone is dead. Everyone around you is having the same problem . . . and its just the tip of the iceberg. Your city is in a blackout. Communication is cut off. Hospital equipment wont operate, and airplanes are falling from the sky. Is it a terrorist attack . . . or something far worse?

In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, your family faces a choice. Will you hoard your possessions to surviveor trust God to provide as you offer your resources and your hearts to others? Yesterdays world is gone. Now all youve got is your family and community. You stand or fall together. Like never before, you must rely on each other. But one of you is a killer. Number 1 bestselling suspense author Terri Blackstock weaves a masterful what-if novel in which global catastrophe reveals the darkness in human heartsand lights the way to restoration for a self-centered world. Last Light is the first book in an exciting new series.

Date Posted: 8/17/2007 7:17 PM ET
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I also wanted to recommend the Left Behind Kids books. I read these & loved them!  : )

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 12:45 PM ET
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I just became a member of paperbackswap and really enjoy reading the discussion forums.  A good set of books I just finished by Gilbert Morris are "Cat" books.  These are really cute and the 2 cats are central in solving crimes--much like the Lillian Braum books, but these have a Christian influence.  They would be good for teens, but also for anyone who enjoys mystery and fun. I have the books loaned out now, but when I get them back I will post them on my bookshelf.

 

Date Posted: 9/1/2007 11:46 AM ET
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Welcome Nancy to PBS.  It's a great place full of great books and marvelous people.   Have fun!

Date Posted: 9/3/2007 9:15 PM ET
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Here are a few I love:

  1. DeeAnne Gist (Am. Historical Fiction)
  2. Liz Curtis Higgs--(Biblical /Historical fiction)

 

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 4:35 PM ET
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Amen to the Zion Covenant series. By the same authors are the Zion Chronicles, a series of, I think, 6 or 7 books. Another series your daughter might enjoy (you,too) is by B.J. Hoff, The Emerald Ballad. These books begin in Ireland during the great famine and track some characters who stay in Ireland and another group who goes to the US.

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 3:32 PM ET
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Leisha Kelly books are great!

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 11:31 PM ET
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Frank Peretti has a young adult series that is great - I think one of them is called Hangman's Curse. I also read his book "This Present Darkness" when I was a freshman in high school. Even though you find it in the adult section, it is about kids - very powerful book.

HC