My Inappropriate Reading Material....

Angela - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 47 moms have responded )

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Okay, my sisters in Christ, I need a little help. I am a huge reader. I like all kinds of books but God has really been convicting me of certain types of books that I read. Romances, Mysteries & Action Thrillers, and Sci-Fi that have sexual or immoral content in them.

I would love to hear some of your favorite Christian fiction authors &/or books. Would love mysteries..... but I do like fiction. I am always reading good Christian non-fiction, also, so I have a good collection of those that I love. So, I am looking specifically for "fun" books to read !!

Thanks !!

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Well, I started a post and accidentally navigated away, so everything I wrote is gone! But everything I had listed had already been mentioned by other folks.

Some of my older favorites are Brock & Bodie Thoene, and the Cheney Duvall series by Lynn Morris & Gilbert Morris.

P.S. The "questionable" Francine Rivers stuff is pre-1986, as that is when she got saved, and went on to write her first Christian novel Redeeming Love. She pulled the printing rights on all her previous books, but she missed a few and they have been reprinted recently. I discovered this when I checked out what I thought was a new book and was surprised at the content! : ) This link to her website explains: http://www.francinerivers.com/dear_reade...

Another series that I grew up with, but is not Christian, is the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Lighthearted and fun.

Deb - posted on 05/16/2009

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Have you checked out the offerings at christianbook.com? An indispensible resource. And all at a discount price.

Tracey - posted on 05/16/2009

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Another Francine Rivers fan! My sister-in-law started a book club and our first book we are reading is Redeeming Love by her and I love it. It is a remix on the the book of Hosea. I now want to read all of her books.

Melody - posted on 05/15/2009

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Someone mentioned Jan Karon- I love the Mitford books. If you're open to secular (but still wholesome and uplifiting) books I love the Alexander McCall Smith series- the first is the #1 Ladies Detective Agency. He has some others which aren't in the series that I haven't read. I also love the Dorothy Gilman books- both the Mrs Polifax series and her stand alone books are great, but again, not Christian per se. I've written down every single author mentioned and am excited to find some new favorites!

Also- just as an aside, since I'm a nursing mom I decided to read through the daily bible during the 1st and/or last feeding of the day. Since I'm pretty much always sitting in the same chair during those times I've only missed once so far this year!

Jeanene - posted on 05/12/2009

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I love to read Wanda Brunstetter's books. it is fiction, but about the Amish communities and stories of life as they might live it and things that they have to deal with. Very well written and very well detailed, you can just imagine what it would be like if you actually lived there.

Angela - posted on 05/11/2009

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Shelly - I did join the Christian Book Club! This Mother's Day weekend has had me running!! I'll check out the next book & see if I can jump in there!

Jessica - what a wonderful idea about praying before going into the library!! Thank-you!!

I have read a Francine Rivers & one that Janette Oak co-wrote w/ a man...whose name is escaping me for the moment.... the book was "The centurion's wife". It was good, but a little bit slow. Still, very good & interesting.

I am going to the library today & will try to find a couple of more... Sadly, enough ladies, very few of the recommended Christian authors are in the libraries!!! I put in specail request for a couple & they are in, but the selection was very very small!!

Happy reading!!

Angela

Alyrose - posted on 05/10/2009

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I saw that some one already put her on here but I thought i'd recommend Dee Henderson again. Her books are amazing and if you like the action and the romance (in a godly way) and the mystery all mixed in she is great.

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I have had the same trouble and conviction. One thing that works well for me is to pray before I go into the library. God is amazing by leading me to books right off the shelf! Also, I look up authors I have liked on Amazon, and look at the 'also recommended section', or search listmania for good ideas too! hope you found some winners!

Shelly - posted on 05/10/2009

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Quoting Kyra:

Karen Kingsbury is definitely my favorite. I also just started a series by Bodie and Brock Thoene that I an really enjoying if you enjoy war time books. Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series is really good too!



Kyra,



  I started a Christian Mom's book club but just don't seem to be getting alot of interest in it right at the moment...I'm getting ready to announce the next book if your interested

Melinda - posted on 05/09/2009

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Robin Jones Gunn and Karen Kingsbury are EXCELLENT authors who have a real gift for showing God's love through their characters! I always feel very encouraged after reading their books! :)

Heather - posted on 05/09/2009

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I've read a lot of Beverly Lewis and Janette Oke books. Both are great! I've also heard great things about Francine Rivers. There are several other great fiction writers whose books I've read, but I can't remember them right now...

Anne - posted on 05/09/2009

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Hi, I posted earlier but I try to reread the posts after I have posted. Just nosey I guess, At least that is what my daughters tell me. In a loving way of course.LOL I am always leerily or ready anything not Christian because of the down right filth in some of the books. Thane you so much for for the suggestions of non Christian books. Oh by the was Jan Koahn Spelling may be wrong on the last name, but her series is the Mitford series . these books are not only romance but general daily lives type books. They are really good.

Sarah - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Britney:

some have already mentioned francine rivers... i think her books that i've read so far are GREAT.
redeeming love was the first, and then i read the Mark of the Lion series which was my favorite. i felt like they were more than just stories, i felt like i was being encouraged in my walk with the Lord in both of them.


I love redeeming love and the mark of the lion series as do a lot of my girlfriends - even considered naming my next one Hadassah but husband wouldn't let me!!  have read the series quite a few times now!  sooo inspirational!

Samantha - posted on 05/05/2009

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I love Lori Wick, Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers - be careful though because some of older published works are before she became a believer. Debbie White Smith I think is one. And for clean romance that aren't Christian Debbie Macomber rocks.

Sara - posted on 05/04/2009

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Speaking of older books, Grace Livingston Hill wrote (I think) 50+ books around the 1920's (give or take 10-15 years) that have mysteries and romance, but without the bad language and immorality that is accepted now. I find them at the library, but I think some are carried in stores as well.

Kelly - posted on 05/04/2009

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I don't like romances much but I love reading novels. I haven't found many good Christian non-romance novels but I'm also horrified by the sexual content of secular books. I have found that pre-1960, the graphic sexual scenes are absent and it's just the really good story. You might want to check the date on secular books first. BTW, I'm 26 and I totally enjoy the older books.

Angela - posted on 05/03/2009

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Thanks Heather!! I'll check it out!! I'd love to know what everyone is reading!!

Thanks to all of you who gave me so many suggestions! I just read my first Fancine Rivers.... "Divine" What a wonderful book!

Kelli - We are all trying our best to be more Christ-like every day! But we can't do it alone!! I'm so glad you're marriage is better & I'll see you over at the Christian Book Club Page!! LOL!

Michelle - posted on 05/03/2009

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Lori Wick is my number one. For series with great history woven in is T Davis Bunn. For great overall read of the settling of the west of Canada, Janette Oke is great; a long series but worth every book. Mysteries? Good ol' Sherlock Holmes! Sorry, I am from Great Britain!

Heather - posted on 05/02/2009

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Quoting Angela:

Wow Guys!! What a list I have now!!! We should really start a Book club within Christian mommies!! Can we do that??? I know there is a Book club in Circle of Moms but I don't think it's specifically Christian & I'm really trying to watch the content!!! Let me know what you think!!

p.s. - Britney Baer... What an awesome profile pic!! Reminds me of when mine were that little!!


There is a Christian Book Club on circle of moms. We thought it would be better to make it it's own community so that the conversations were not hard to find. You can find it by searching the communities for Christian Book I believe.

Kelli - posted on 05/02/2009

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you know...you bring up a really good point. i have recently about a year now been saved. i was strong in God as a teen ager but drifted away. my highschool sweet heart later to be husband..well as a teen ager was my down fall. thank God now we are both saved by the Grace of God and our marriage has improved 100%. n- e-how...i had never thought about the books I read as inappropiate untill in the last few months, God has shown me that i was reading the books more than the REAL BOOK. the BIBLE. but from your point of view of sexually inapropriate...i see that too. i was reading sci-fiction novels that involved what we women like to call the GOOD Vampires that love and have a heart and romance is all over them. but yes the sexual stuff was there to. so thank you to all that have written about the christian authors. i am gonna get rid of all of the other inappropiate books in my house. Thanx for helping me get my walk alittle closer to GOD.

Crystal - posted on 05/01/2009

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I agree!! Any TED DEKKER or FRANK PERETTI is a must have!!!! I love them!! Also, if you're looking for somethign pertaining to like the end times, You would love the Left Behind Series from Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. They also, have the Left Behind kids, that parallel the events in the Left Behind adult series. I read tehm all, and i never get tired of them.

Tiff - posted on 05/01/2009

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have you read classics like jane eyre, that is really good, its romance with all the intensity and none of the sex. there were a lot of classics that were christian back then when every one accepted christianity more openly. pilgrims progress is another. i want to mention something important that you may already realize. sexual immorality leads to more sexual immorality think about it.

Jessica - posted on 04/30/2009

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I love Janette Oake books-especially the Love Comes Softly series. I haven't really read other christian authors, but I do read Mary Higgins Clark, and her books have no sexual content and are great mysteries. Good luck!

Kyra - posted on 04/29/2009

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Karen Kingsbury is definitely my favorite. I also just started a series by Bodie and Brock Thoene that I an really enjoying if you enjoy war time books. Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series is really good too!

Angela - posted on 04/29/2009

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Wow Guys!! What a list I have now!!! We should really start a Book club within Christian mommies!! Can we do that??? I know there is a Book club in Circle of Moms but I don't think it's specifically Christian & I'm really trying to watch the content!!! Let me know what you think!!

p.s. - Britney Baer... What an awesome profile pic!! Reminds me of when mine were that little!!

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some have already mentioned francine rivers... i think her books that i've read so far are GREAT.

redeeming love was the first, and then i read the Mark of the Lion series which was my favorite. i felt like they were more than just stories, i felt like i was being encouraged in my walk with the Lord in both of them.

Meghan - posted on 04/29/2009

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Wow this is really a great list! Thanks for asking the question, Angela! I have been reading the Alphabet mystery series and have felt much the same as you mentioned. They are so great as mysteries but the language and the extramarital sex- well I'm worried about the influence on my imagination and my actions.

I would also like to add The Uprising to the list. I just started it and it is great!

Rebekah - posted on 04/29/2009

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Quoting Shannon:

I recommend The Shack by Wm. Paul Young.


Ooo, this is a GREAT book! If you want adventure, mystery, some tears, etc.  This is the book for you! And when you read this book I wouldn't doubt you'll get a whole new perspective on the Trinity and God's Love!

Tam - posted on 04/28/2009

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Several already listed that are good, but would like to add Tamera Alexander to the "romance" list.

Tam - posted on 04/28/2009

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Several already listed that are good, but would like to add Tamera Alexander to the "romance" list.

Dorrie - posted on 04/28/2009

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Have you read Francine Rivers' books? Leota's Garden, Scarlet Thread, and others are terrific. She used to be a secular romance writer and after becoming a Christian began putting her great story telling talents to work in a more positive vein. ALL of her books are great. Some of her books are in historical settings and show alot of research about the period.

Diana - posted on 04/28/2009

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I know that Dee Henderson also has some good books. They are mystery and suspense.

Jennifer - posted on 04/28/2009

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I also love many of the before mentioned authors and want to add Gilbery Morris, great historical fiction. We had a church bookclub for a while and read pretty much all of these authors.

Tamra - posted on 04/28/2009

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Terry Blackstock is an awesome christian author. They are all fiction as far as I know. Hope that helps a little I know how hard it can be to find appropriate books.

Angela - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys! Today is library day, so I'll check them out & see what they have!

Rebekah - posted on 04/28/2009

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Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, Lori Wick, Dragons in Our Midst Series, etc.

Anne - posted on 04/27/2009

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HI, Karen Kingsberry, Jillian Hart-She writes for the Steeple Hill lone of the Harlequin line of books. She is a great author and her books are around 4.50 US dollars. Neta Jackson Frank Perreti _I think I spelled his last name wrong This Present Darkness and the Oath are two of his books. Enjoy!

Heather - posted on 04/27/2009

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Lori Wick is my favorite! I don't get much time to read books that aren't the Bible, but she is an amazing author. She writes Christian fiction romance novels, and in each book she leads someone to Christ.

Shannon - posted on 04/27/2009

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I really love Francine Rivers. She is a fictional writer some contemporary and some history. She also wrote about the five women of the bible and five men - gives a good perspective.

I also like Angela Hunt.

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