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Ginger Garrett IN THE SHADOW OF THE LIONS
This book is amazing with characters like Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More and William Tyndale (known by alias). This book is researched by facts (given in bibliography) and gives you to opportunity to look at the story from a different slant. What if Anne Boleyn really was a Christian and that's why she wouldn't sleep with Henry, what if Anne Boleyn was friends with Tyndale (he said she was a friend in Christ in real life) and that part of why she was killed. History is written by the victors and everyone knows that Henry VIII was NOT kind to his WIVES. How many did he kill again?! Plus exile and forcing one to be his sister instead of his wife, nice guy right. So why do we assume the worst about Anne Boleyn and say she was a ALL about power. This story is very cool, also hints about Luther and his work. I can't wait for the next in the series.
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Steven James' book the Pawn blew me away. It's an FBI thriller with a serial killer, but the plot is complex like you wouldn't believe. There are several plot threads interwoven to form a complete whole, and you will never guess the ending. The next book, the Rook, was even better than the first. The Knight releases in a month, but I read an advanced copy and it definitely gives new meaning to the word "thriller." The characters in this series are wonderful and believable, and the writing is superb. Must read.
Another must-read is Robert Liparulo's Dreamhouse Kings series. It's targeted for young adults, but every adult I know who's read them has loved them, as well. A family moves into a house that harbors a dark secret. When the mother is kidnapped, the children must figure out what happened and rescue her before it's too late. This is by far the best young adult series I have ever read (and I've read quite a few!).
I would consider anything by Eric Wilson a must read, too. He has 2 speculative supernatural books, 2 urban mystery books, and 2 vampire books. All of them are very complex and incorparate bits of history into the weaving of the story. The mysteries are especially good. Highly recommended.
Frank Peretti's the Oath
Robin Parrish's Relentless
And most anything by Ted Dekker. But especially his book Thr3e. This is the book that opened me up to Christian fiction in the beginning--but not your grandmother's Christian fiction. It is fast-paced and suspenseful and full of twists that you'll never see coming.
Sorry. I know that's a rather large list of "must reads," but I assure you, I know I'm leaving off quite a few. These are just off the top of my head.
You must read The Shack by William P. Young. I also recommend the book Finding God in the Shack by Roger E. Olson. It is truly enlightening! It is written by a theology professor. I thought it would be difficult to follow, but it is not.
Cheryl your shelf is on hold. :)
FYI, What Does the Bible Really Teach is put out by Watchtower, a Jehovah's Witness organization.
I will second Thr3e by Dekker -- awesome book. I read House after Thr3e and was a little disappointed. Thr3e was fantastic fiction.
What else is on my Must Read List? The Left Behind Series!! What a compelling series that was!
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The Pawn was great! Wait to you read The Knight! You all mention really good books. Currently, my must read is to finish Tracie Peterson's Brides of Gallatin County series. I'm on book 3, A Dream to Call My Own.