Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book General > Reading Recommendations

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-08-2011, 07:04 PM   #1
s1mp13m4n
Zealot
s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.
 
s1mp13m4n's Avatar
 
Posts: 113
Karma: 1278
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Virginia, USA
Device: iPad 3
Christian fiction

Hello everyone. I am interested in reading some Christian fiction but I have no idea where to start and what to look for. What are some "must reads" or "go to" books that you know of? Who should I look for in authors? Thanks for the help.
s1mp13m4n is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 02:51 AM   #2
ATDrake
Wizzard
ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 6,320
Karma: 15784448
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Roundworld
Device: Kindle 2 International & Sony PRS-T1
My advice (given as an atheist, mind you) is to start picking up the many time-limited promotional free books the Christian publishers give away in most of the stores practically every week.

From there, sample them at your leisure and try to figure out if there's a particular author or theme that you like. Apparently the Amish subgenre of CF is very popular, and there seem to be a lot of spooky suspense thrillers offered every so often.

Here's the promotional free books page over at the Christian Books e-store. Unfortunately, they seem to be affiliated with that rather unpleasant Focus on the Family organization which advocates spreading lies and enforcing bigotry by curtailing the legal rights of non-believers, and openly solicit donations for them.

But I suppose everyone has their flaws and otherwise their store seems a good place to see many of the current freebies gathered into one area (although they're missing some and you should check the Deals forum here for new ones) and browse for purely Christian books that are guaranteed to fit suitably into what you've previously mentioned about your reading material preferences.

Hope this helps. Oh, and as a personal recommendation, I tried and liked Amy Clipston's A Gift of Grace (seems to get offered free every once in a while), which I felt was a pleasantly non-preachy, non-judgmental and genuinely faithful story which also came with some nice-looking Amish recipes. This may or may not be to your taste.
ATDrake is online now   Reply With Quote
 
Enthusiast
Old 03-09-2011, 08:23 AM   #3
Hamlet53
Sister Carrie
Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Hamlet53's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,757
Karma: 45944891
Join Date: Mar 2009
Device: Kindle PW, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"
Are you familiar with The Robe and other books by author Lloyd C. Douglas? I have been an atheist pretty much as far back as I can even remember, but there was a time in my adolescence when I read almost all of his books. Very well written in my opinion. They almost converted me. Then of course there is Ben Hur available for download right here at Mobileread.

Aside from that I suspect ATDrake's suggestion is excellent and that you will find many places eager to give away such books. The quality of writing might not be the highest though.
Hamlet53 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 09:18 AM   #4
Hamlet53
Sister Carrie
Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Hamlet53's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,757
Karma: 45944891
Join Date: Mar 2009
Device: Kindle PW, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"
While I was having breakfast a couple more titles occurred to me that you might find of interest. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth Speare and Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz (also available for download here).
Hamlet53 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 09:31 AM   #5
DiapDealer
Grand Sorcerer
DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
DiapDealer's Avatar
 
Posts: 9,018
Karma: 40855212
Join Date: Jan 2010
Device: Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD
As a fantasy fan, I found George Bryan Polivka's Trophy Chase Trilogy to be fantastic reading -- regardless of any religious (or non-religious) affiliations. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes epic fantasy with a nautical flavor.

But to be perfectly frank, I'm not sure why it had to be labeled as anything other than a "ripping good yarn." I wouldn't label myself a Christian, but I loved this trilogy published by Harvest House.

I've always been confused by that particular sub-genre, anyway. What constitutes Christian fiction? Does it have to be fiction about Christian subjects... or is a lack of non-Christian subjects enough? Does it require a Christian publisher and/or author? I'm not looking for a religious debate or anything, just a little clarification on a confusing concept for me.

Last edited by DiapDealer; 03-09-2011 at 09:35 AM.
DiapDealer is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 09:33 AM   #6
DixieGal
Hi There!
DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
DixieGal's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,473
Karma: 2930523
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Ft Lauderdale
Device: iPad
Go to the Reading Recommendation forum and the "Free and Bargain Books for Kindle" thread. In the first couple of posts, there are probably 2 dozen available. Check that thread a couple of times per day, or subscribe to is for alerts, because some os the best deals might only last for hours.
DixieGal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 09:39 AM   #7
DixieGal
Hi There!
DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
DixieGal's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,473
Karma: 2930523
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Ft Lauderdale
Device: iPad
Quote:
Originally Posted by DiapDealer View Post

I've always been confused by that particular sub-genre, anyway. What constitutes christian fiction? Does it have to be fiction about christian subjects... or is a lack of non-christian subjects enough? Does it require a christian publisher and/or author?
generalky, from the Christian fiction that I have read, it is like regular fiction, except more emphasis is cast onto the characters' decision-making processes. It isn't "preachy," which turns me off. Grab one of the freebies and give it a try.
DixieGal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 09:56 AM   #8
Hamlet53
Sister Carrie
Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Hamlet53 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Hamlet53's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,757
Karma: 45944891
Join Date: Mar 2009
Device: Kindle PW, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"
Quote:
Originally Posted by DixieGal View Post
generalky, from the Christian fiction that I have read, it is like regular fiction, except more emphasis is cast onto the characters' decision-making processes. It isn't "preachy," which turns me off. Grab one of the freebies and give it a try.
Yeah, that's always been what I thought. The emphasis on looking to God , the Bible, the church, and religion for guidance in decision making, and clear rewards for doing this. Though some of it can be very preachy and proselytizing.
Hamlet53 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 10:01 AM   #9
DiapDealer
Grand Sorcerer
DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DiapDealer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
DiapDealer's Avatar
 
Posts: 9,018
Karma: 40855212
Join Date: Jan 2010
Device: Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD
Quote:
generalky, from the Christian fiction that I have read, it is like regular fiction, except more emphasis is cast onto the characters' decision-making processes. It isn't "preachy," which turns me off. Grab one of the freebies and give it a try.
I actually paid for some.
The series I recommended above was by a Christian author and published by a Christian publisher. I loved it. I just didn't think the distinction was exactly necessary in it's case.
DiapDealer is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 10:09 AM   #10
Catlady
Wizard
Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Catlady's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,921
Karma: 7896032
Join Date: Oct 2010
Device: jetBook Lite, Libre Color
You may want to take a look at Christian Book Company. They offer the usual promotional freebies, and even a selection of DRM-free titles. Only epub and pdf though.

It's not necessary to download their reader software to get books.
Catlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 10:31 AM   #11
WillAdams
Guru
WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WillAdams ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
WillAdams's Avatar
 
Posts: 951
Karma: 1760710
Join Date: Feb 2008
Device: Sony PRS-600, Fujitsu Stylistic ST-4121
Maybe not what you're looking for, but I really enjoyed _Solomon Kane_ by Robert E. Howard --- the protagonist is quite religious.

Also good would be historical fiction of a religious bent, most of Henty's books (many of which are here) --- just finished _In Freedom's Cause_.

William
WillAdams is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 10:59 AM   #12
DixieGal
Hi There!
DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
DixieGal's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,473
Karma: 2930523
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Ft Lauderdale
Device: iPad
May I take this opportunity to ask y'all to help me identify a series? It is CHristian fiction, about 18 or 20 books in the series. The author was male. It begins with the family patriarch, a stowaway on the Mayflower. The series follows his decendents throughout America's history, focusing a lot of the series on the settlement of the west and the War Between the States. (I'm feeling very southern today.)

I read it at least 10 years ago, maybe even longer. I remember everything about the books, except title and author.

I think Tim would enjoy reading it if I can ever find it again.
DixieGal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 11:19 AM   #13
Vandy
...always be humble.
Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Vandy ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Vandy's Avatar
 
Posts: 115
Karma: 505917
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Durham, NC USA
Device: iPhone 4 (3G), iPod Touch 3rd Gen, Kindle 3 WiFi, Kindle Fire
Some recommendations...

Quote:
Originally Posted by s1mp13m4n View Post
Hello everyone. I am interested in reading some Christian fiction but I have no idea where to start and what to look for. What are some "must reads" or "go to" books that you know of? Who should I look for in authors? Thanks for the help.
Hi, s1mp13m4n.

Nice 133+ username, by the way.

I've a couple of recommendations for you.

The "Left Behind" series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.
Great set of books with a storyline that carries from one book to the next. Adventure, action -- the series has it all.

ANY BOOK by Frank Peretti.

Good luck!

Regards,
Vandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 12:31 PM   #14
ATDrake
Wizzard
ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ATDrake ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 6,320
Karma: 15784448
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Roundworld
Device: Kindle 2 International & Sony PRS-T1
Quote:
Originally Posted by DiapDealer View Post
What constitutes Christian fiction? Does it have to be fiction about Christian subjects... or is a lack of non-Christian subjects enough? Does it require a Christian publisher and/or author?
As I understand things, "Christian Fiction" as the genre it's dubbed as today, is kind of like "romance": a very broad umbrella category that encompasses a lot of conventional genre variants (historical, mystery, sf/fantasy), but put its own twist on them by having to conform to certain standards (core story centred around a couple falling in love and living happily ever after, in the case of romance) to satisfy target audience expectations.

"Christian Fiction" seems to all be required to have "clean language" with absolutely no swearing, also have no explicitly depicted sex. The main characters usually have to uphold fairly conservative US-style Christian values (no non-marital sexual relationships, no same-sex relationships, no divorces*, don't be a borderline alcoholic smoker if you're a noir detective, etc).

Generally they're also supposed to regularly attend church/have religious community involvement/spiritual thought/pray for guidance or otherwise express Christian faith, but some of the Christian "lite" novels skim over this part and are written pretty much like regular secular novels, only completely without swearing or sex and maybe have a few extra mentions of God or scripture quotations. Others are very evangelical and make a point of "converting" even already Christian peripheral characters who are apparently too lax in their faith to devout church-goers who then go on to spread the good word like an expanding ring of killer coral (if you don't like this sort of thing, avoid reading Julie Lessman's "Passion" series, which is in the dreaded Topaz format anyway, at least for the freebie they gave away).

Some publishers make further requirements like avoiding reference to supernatural elements which might be considered pagan, like Halloween and vampires, apparently in order to fit in with the reading taste of that portion of Christianity which loudly proclaimed the Harry Potter books Satanist because they had magic in them, and try to get The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe banned from community libraries in one of those "completely missing the point" moments.

Over at the Harlequin website, they've a set of fascinatingly specific guidelines for aspiring writers, and you can compare the stuff for their "Steeple Hill Love Inspired" Christian line to their other imprints.

Quote:
Originally Posted by from Harlequin's guidelines
Because Steeple Hill sells to both CBA and ABA bookstores, we must adhere to CBA conventions. The stories may not include alcohol consumption, card playing, gambling or games of chance (including raffles), explicit scatological terms, Halloween celebrations or magic. Lying is also problematic in the CBA market and characters who are Christian should avoid lying or deceiving others.
I'm kind of tempted to see what they prescribe for their erotica imprints now.

* "In my family, we don't divorce our men. We bury them." is a quip from a Southern US comedienne whose name I can't recall.

Last edited by ATDrake; 03-09-2011 at 12:39 PM. Reason: Correcting spliced Frankensentences.
ATDrake is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 12:42 PM   #15
s1mp13m4n
Zealot
s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.s1mp13m4n is no ebook tyro.
 
s1mp13m4n's Avatar
 
Posts: 113
Karma: 1278
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Virginia, USA
Device: iPad 3
Thank you all for the great help. I am simply curious about the CF title and like another poster listed...what makes it labeled that way....and how does it compare with other styles and writers. I am not looking to be converted or something preachy. The Left Behind series, is that about end times and rapture? I am not trying to start a religion debate or anything like that. I looked into Christian Books website and they use Adobe Digital Editions for their books. I am running Linux and am having a hard time making it work under Wine....yet I hear that it does. I just wish they would email me the file instead. LOL
s1mp13m4n is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Christian Romance fiction ebooks/sites? AceHarddrive Reading Recommendations 8 03-22-2012 03:12 PM
Free book - The Christmas Lamp (Christian Fiction) - [ENDED] ATDrake Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 6 01-04-2011 10:50 PM
Christian Fiction Giveaways kdawnbyrd Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 1 04-12-2010 10:15 PM
Free - Three Christian Fiction Novels on Kindle koland Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 2 02-17-2010 09:13 AM
Three Free Christian Fiction on Kindle (1/1/) koland Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 1 01-01-2010 02:21 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:09 PM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.