Friday, January 23, 2009

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday: What's on Your Keeper Shelf?


Welcome to Faith 'n Fiction Saturday! If this is your first time participating--welcome! Please read this post. It will tell you everything you need to know.

One thing we share in common is a love of books. I know there are participants of Faith 'n Fiction Saturdays that read over 200 books a year!
But while we may read a lot of books, only a few books in our lifetimes are special enough that we would never part with them, always recommend them, and maybe even reread them.

So...what fiction books with faith elements are on your keeper shelf? Please keep your answers to no more than 5 books!

My Answer:
I'm going to cheat (ha, I made the rules and then cheat) and count series books as one book! Here are my answers:
The Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers--Does anyone not love these books?
Daughters of Boston Series by Julie Lessman--anyone surprised?
Silence by Shusaku Endo--Very grim book but really thought provoking
The Josey series by Susan May Warren--the ultimate in comfort reading for me!
Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson -- this was the kind of book that took me outside of my self-centeredness and made me believe change was possible.

Your Turn:
Please remember to link back to this post in your answer and enter your permalink below!

22 comments:

Marta said...

Mine would be anything by John Piper
"Captivating" by Stasi Eldredge
I did forget to blog that there would be C.S. Lewis's "Mere Christianity" as well as something by Bonhoefer. Everytime I read any of these it really makes me dig deep and find new meaning in them.

Smilingsal said...

(*YAWN*) I'll visit everyone when I wake up. Nite.

Rel said...

Loved this one, Amy! We have Francine's series in common :)

Marvin D. Wilson said...

Got mine up, Aims - hey we had one in common! (smile)

http://tinyurl.com/br2qac

Pearls Of Truth said...

I absolutely love Christian fiction that takes an episode, person, event, or season of Bible history, and presents a novel.

I am currently reading a book one, of the series Chronicles Of The Kings.

In the past, I mainly read Frank Peretti's novels. I could hardly put them down, especially his earlier work.

Nice blog!

mizb17 said...

Oops! You specified "Fiction", but I didn't see that 'til I had my post published! So my post is mostly NONfiction. But they're Christian titles. ;)

Deborah said...

sure pick the hardest question ever!!! how am i supposed to choose between 1900 books????? :)

Vanessa said...

I have been following your blog for a few weeks now, and decided to join in today. It was tough to decide, but I went to my shelves and chose the ones I have re-read a few times.

bigguysmama said...

That was amazingly painful! I left out Susan May Warren, Christine Lynxwiler, Camy Tang, Lauraine Snelling, and Lori Wick! Sheer torture. Terrible for a Saturday morning, just terrible. Next time you HAVE to increase a question to at least 10!!

Tami said...

Thanks Amy! I had fun with this question.
Tami

Michelle Sutton said...

Love everything you have listed, but have never read Silence. My problem is that I see a lot of wonderful stuff in more than five books. I can't even narrow it down to five authors, though I am sure that Tosca would be one of them, and Francine Rivers. Beyond that I'd get lost. I love a lot of genres, too, which muddies the waters as well.

Bluestocking said...

Amy,

Mr. Linky keeps deleting my link.

What's on Your Keeper Shelf

twiga92 said...

I limited mine to 5 but there a couple more I just want to mention :-) - The Circle trilogy by Ted Dekker - awesome, awesome, awesome! I mentioned 1 of Francine Rivers (The Atonement Child) but also Redeeming Love is a keeper as well.

ladystorm said...

The Daughter of Boston Series is a real good one to have on the shelf. :)

Jenny said...

Great question, Amy. I love those Josey books, too.

Dee S. said...

Great choices. I liked Quaker Summer, too.

Bellezza said...

I loved Endo's book "Wonderful Fool." I have not read "Silence" yet, but I'd like to. It's interesting to me how a man of Eastern thought has such a Christian perspective; I don't find that very often. Most of the books on my shelf that fit this qualification would be by the obvious authors: Madeleine L'Engle and C.S. Lewis. But, you ask a very thought provoking question, and now I'll have to research it more fully. ;)

RAnn said...

Thanks for running this Amy.

ForstRose said...

Ok so I'm back up to speed with the questions for the most part. My link is in the Mr Linky.

Oh and I think my five became eight LOL.

caite said...

I purchased Silence awhile ago on a recommendation. I really have to read it soon.

trish said...

I loved the Mark of the Lion trilogy. Francine Rivers lives here in my city...cool, huh? I recommend that trilogy to anyone and everyone.

I never did get around to reading the last in the trilogy, though. The friend who recommended the series said the last one wasn't as good as the first two.

dena said...

Anything by Michael Phillips. He is a Christian historical writer. His characters are strong yet gentle Christians and are not preachy but loving. He has written over 50 books and can be found in today in the Christian bookstores.

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