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Subject: Where are all the Christian readers?
Date Posted: 9/4/2008 8:23 AM ET
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I have many books on my shelf and do the Book Bazaar quite often running specials.  Have you noticed though that all the other kinds of books get taken quickly yet not the Christian-based or life-studies?  I wonder about society when apparently para-normal, crime, and other non-happy topics are so popular yet few are interested in the religious/life studies. 

How can we get these books out there for others to enjoy and apply the knowledge?  They have truly helped me in developing my relationship with the Father.  Romance is good for a light read but ya know, I like my relationships to go a little deeper also.  Am I the only one? 

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 3:19 PM ET
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I think there are plenty of Christian readers.   Every time I go to wishlist a Christian book, the wishlist is quite long.  You can hardly find any of the newer books listed into the system; they are almost always wishlisted.  So it may be that it's just the older books that not as many people are interested in, which is probably true of any genre.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 7:15 PM ET
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Box of Books feature is great for moving the older Christian Fiction.   However there are some authors that even the older publications are wishlisted.

I am very pleased with the variety in christian fiction I can find on this site.  It's about all I order because our local library has a very small number of chrisitan fiction books.

In my experience anything christian fiction I post is picked up within at least six months time.


Date Posted: 9/5/2008 1:37 AM ET
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Well, I think my problem (grinning) is that since joining here and discovering the Christian book section, I have been introduced to so many new Christian authors that I have been giddy and euphoric from the sheer number of books available to me. It seems I am "discovering" a new author each week, and sometimes daily. I did not know of Kingsbury, Ball, Meissner, Henke, and so on. AND I didn't get to the series like the Grace Chapel Inn series or the Garden Gate series!! I feel like a kid in a candy factory and spend my credits as soon as I get them. I want to order some good study guides or commentaries, then up pops a book on my huge wishlist and I just HAVE to spend that lone credit that is lurking there. I do agree that a book deal would definitely help move older titles.

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 4:30 AM ET
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I can't speak for any others, but I don't go in the BB because I don't want to wade through a ton of garbage to find anything that interests me. Most of what I find is either in here or the homeschooling forum.

I still manage to keep my WL maxxed out - with almost 500 books on my Reminder List! I think the new WL system will be very good for me...

I tend to find writers that I like and then hunt for everything they've written.

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 5:40 PM ET
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I tend to find writers that I like and then hunt for everything they've written

i also have a habit of doing this

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 12:12 AM ET
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I don't know about all that. I have over 100 books on my wish list and the majority have to do with Christianity. I snatch up any - and nearly every - book that I'm looking for but days go by with nothing offered.

I think it depends on the book.

I have no complaints about this web-site. In fact, I have found a number of books that are not carried by my local library or even available at the big box book stores but I'm not into common 'Christian' fantasy, I have a ton of those kind of books. I'm on a focused study right now to do with the Rapture and the different ways of bible interpretation. I'm backed-up with reading material that I've obtained through PBS and I am very happy with the results that I've obtained. Thanks to everyone that makes this site work... I think it is awesome! I'm always telling people about how great I think  this site is and urging them to join.

With over 100 books on my wish-list and 60-some on my bookshelf, I usually always have a book on the way in or on the way out. That is so cool! I love it! If things slow up I just list somemore and something will move. Like I said, I'm backed up with more books to read than I can keep up with and at a price I can afford. I love PBS!

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 11:45 AM ET
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I can't speak for anyone else but here's my deal... I'm new to reading christian fiction and have always thought that it's a bunch of sappy-crappy slow reading stories. I really wanted to try it though!! So when I was in a local christian bookstore I had asked for one that hooks you right away. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers was suggested but I don't really like historical novels AT ALL which I guess is also why I never ventured into christian fiction. Anyway.. I took the suggestion and I got the book and LOVED IT! I love her writing, she's awesome! I just got another one of her books that's in my TBR pile right now and would love to read ALL of her stuff!

So, I don't really know who or what is good as far as christian fiction goes so I'm cautious to order anything. I have a bunch of stuff on my wishlist on amazon to keep track of the ones I've researched and have an interest in and then once I either finish more books and get rid of them or get more credits (or both) then I will order some of them.

Here's my suggestion.. connect with others here who also read christian fiction and look through their pile of books (christian and non christian) and see what they are into. Then you may have a book in your pile you can suggest to someone that you really think they would enjoy. I know personally I would love someone to help me find books I might like. Of course.. I would probably need to add more books and ratings so people know what I like and don't like for that to work for me.



Subject: recommendations of Christian authors
Date Posted: 10/29/2008 10:13 PM ET
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If you like historical fiction that is Christian try anything by Brock and Bodie Thoene. The best series I have read by them is the Zion Covenant series. It was centered on a family's experience during World War II. It was a great set that kept me engaged through all 6 books. Three more have been added that I haven't read but look forward to reading them soon. My problem is my shelves are full of Christian fiction but I tend to hold on to everything for my daughters to read as well. I do occasionally find a great one at a library sale and buy it cheap since I have seen it on someones wish list. I posted two of those today. Other great authors are Terri Blackstock (mystery) and Karen Kingsbury. Karen's books are hard to come by as there are a lot of people trying to get hers. Beverly Lewis is another great author. Her books are about the Amish and are all wonderful. Hope you find some great books. All of these authors do share some great truths about God and His love for us as well. I am inspired by how their characters deal with sometimes very trying circumstances. I will post books as I decide to part with them. I have a huge TBR pile and will be reading for a lifetime. Check out my bookshelf and profile for a deal I have right now on some of my books.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 11:36 PM ET
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I would suggest you check out the games forum for swappers who are always doing a Christian book type of swap.   Playing in the games is a great way to know others OR you could just read some of the post in the thread and get a feel of who is out there and what they are looking for.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 5:40 AM ET
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I have ordered alot of Christian books from here. I will have to check your bookshelf. I mainly like Charles Swindoll and Max Lucado.

I do read my regular books, But first thing in the morning I read Bedside Blessings by Swindoll and at night before I start my regular book, I read his Daily Inspirational Books.

I have given some of these for Christmas gifts. And intend to give some this year too. I have 2 for each pick out for my daughters for Christimas. I know they will say they have no  time to read. But I just don't think they are into it. But I am giving the books to them anyway, because I believe the time will come and they will want to read it.

One of my series of regular mystery books are by Father Andrew Greeley, his Father Blackie Ryan series and the Nuala Anne McGrail (just started her series). They are mystery and with humor on top of it.


Date Posted: 11/24/2008 9:57 PM ET
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I don't read much christian fiction, but I Love Catholic Christian educational things.  My most recent christian fiction read was "How Firm a Foundation" by Marcus Grodi.  Loved It!!!

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 10:57 PM ET
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I read and have read many of Beverly Lewis' Amish books.  I read many different kinds of genres! :)

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Date Posted: 12/10/2008 12:58 PM ET
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I love christian fiction Historical, and Suspense.  I have read books by Francine Rivers, which I love "Redeeming Love" and "Voice in the Wind".  My favorite author is Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter.  I truly enjoy the Amish setting of a story and their story lines.  I have over 200 books, give and take.  I gave alot away, until I found this website, than I started to post whatever books I have.  If given a chance and I did not have any other responsiblities.  I would read about 3 or 4 books a day.  But, that is unrealistic.  If the book is good I will read it in one day, otherwise it is about 3 books a week.  I am open for any other suggestions on good Christian authors that I should try reading?  I am hoping to meet new people who also love reading Christian fictional..... :)

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 1:37 PM ET
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ANGELA HUNT! She can't come out with books fast enough for me!

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 2:59 PM ET
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I don't know why people aren't posting, but the Christian readers are out there.  I've shipped out a couple of titles in the last few days.

I need some recos for new stuff, but I'll wait until after Christmas when my wife adds to the "to be read" pile.

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 7:21 PM ET
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I enjoy Susan Meissner, Karen Kingsbury, and Roxanne Henke alot.  I'll read just about anything Francine Rivers comes out with too, although I haven't read the series on men of the Bible that she's written yet.  Through PBS I've been branching out into some new authors, (like Angela Hunt) but haven't read  them yet. 

I'm with you, Linda -- I'd rather read than just about anything, but life doesn't let me!  If my husband and I take a good long road trip I can get through a whole potload of books because he likes to drive, listen to the radio and eat sunflower seeds!  I don't have to worry about making conversation.  We're heading out on an 18 hour drive to our daughter's for Christmas -- I have a stack of books ready to go!

I recently read The Wednesday Letters and The Last Lecture.  While they were okay -- I think that for me they didn't live up to the hype.  I'm currently reading The Christmas Jar.  No judgement yet.  I usually have 3 books going at once.  A "fluff" book, a self-help type book, and a Bible study book. 

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 4:13 PM ET
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It's not my main genre but some of my favorite/best reads have been Christian fiction(Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love and Walker's Miss Invisible) I have several more in my tbr and others that were ok-good but not super duper great(potluck club, rv there yet?, lost in nashvegas) I steered clear of this genre for a long time because of so many preachy sounding books(and some still are). I like ones where the women work through issues and their stories are believable and/or entertaining.

Subject: What is a Christian Book?
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 8:27 PM ET
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Since coming into my own as a reader several years ago and beginning to appreciate the magnificent tradition of christian literature through history, I've come to a different understanding of what constitutes a good Christian Book than what is defined by what's on the bestseller list of Christian bookstores.  When we talk about great Christian authors, why do we so seldom bring to mind Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Flannery O'Connor, and the like?  I know a lot of believers that enjoy reading and want to take in edifying books with christian themes,but most don't consider some of these authors who can simultaneously offer a great read as well as an education in the christian life and even theology.

Subject: There aren't very many atheist books either...
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 7:04 PM ET
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Or so I've noticed. I've had a number of them on my wishlist for some time, and if they're posted at all, someone else must be getting to them first, because they never come up. Perhaps it's because whatever people believe--whether in a giant, unknowable, unprovable being that created everything and monitors everyone's thoughts...or in the natural order of the universe as revealed by science--they value the books that support those beliefs more than they do your average John Grisham or Nicolas Sparks novel.