About 10 years ago, I read my first Christian romance novel. I was staying with my aunty, uncle and cousins in north QLD and picked it randomly off the bookshelf. I loved it, and quickly read through the whole series during my two week stay, sometimes staying awake into the early hours of the morning. Over the years, there are some books that have touched my heart – not just because of the wonderful love stories – but because of the way they point back to God as the one who gives true love and everlasting satisfaction.
Here is a list of my top 10 Christian novels/series (in no particular order).
#1 Love Comes Softly Series by Janette Oke (this is the series I mentioned above). This has also been made into a DVD series, but the books are better.
#2 Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers – a wonderful story of God’s forgiveness. This one made me cry. Note: contains some adult themes, so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under 18 years of age.
#3 Sophie’s Heart by Lori Wick – a story of a family who go through immense tragedy, but learn to love again thanks to a woman named Sophie.
#4 Pretense by Lori Wick – a story of two sisters who go through various tragedies and triumphs, their journey with God and each other.
#5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn – great for teenagers and young adults. It follows Christy Miller as an awkward teenager transform into a godly young woman. I started reading this series in my late teens and still read it from time to time. There are a range of books that follow the adventures of Christy and her friends: Sierra Jensen series, Christy and Todd: The College Years, Katie Weldon series and Love Finds You at Sunset Beach.
#10 Fountain Creek Chronicles by Tamera Alexander – I found the first book in this series in our local library and went and bought the rest of the series right away. Three heartwarming historical romance novels.
#11 (had to add just one more!) Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers – a historical novel set in the period just after Christ’s death and resurrection, follows the story of slave girl Hadassah. I am not much of a history buff, and I nearly gave up on this book after the first chapter. But thankfully I was encouraged by a friend to persevere and I am so glad I did. A wonderful story of a young woman’s faith in the face of extreme adversity.
Have you got any favourites you can add to my list? Please leave a comment below 🙂