Friday, January 1, 2010

Faith'n' Fiction Saturday: The Best of 2009

Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday is a weekly meme where we discuss issues related to the intersection of Christian faith and fiction. Anyone is welcome to participate at any time by responding in comments or writing a post on their blog. You are also encouraged to visit other participants so that we can learn from each other.

Today I am curious as to what were the top novels you read in 2009 that dealt with faith. While these books don't need to have been published by a Christian publishing house, I'm hoping that the books you list will have grappled with faith in a significant way.

My Top Christian Reads of the year in no particular order:
1) Tender Grace by Jackina Stark
2) According to Their Deeds by Paul Robertson
3) The Passion of Mary Margaret by Lisa Samson
4) Love's Pursuit by Siri Mitchell
5) Watch Over Me by Christa Parrish
6) Once was Lost by Sara Zarr (not published by a Christian publisher but very much a book of faith)

Just leave your link in comments today since Mister Linky isn't working at the time of my writing this.

Also, I'd like to take Faith'n'Fiction Saturday in a new direction this year since participation has been low for the past several months. Some weeks I'd like to have questions like this, and other weeks I'd like to have guest posts, and still other weeks I'd like to do roundtable discussions on significant books of faith. If you are interested in participating in a roundtable discussion or have a book suggestion please email me at mypalamyATgmailDOTcom Thanks!



MizB said...

My post is up here:

I have mostly nonfiction titles, but did my best to include a couple of fiction. ;)


Kay said...

Amy, I read a few inspirational fiction books this year. The ones I liked best were:

Where Do I Go? - Neta Jackson
A Time to Mend - Sally John & Gary Smalley
The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society - Beth Pattillo
The Beach House - Sally John
Castles in the Sand - Sally John

I look forward to the new direction you're taking in Faith'n'Fiction. I'll be around and always enjoy reading what you have to say. Have a good weekend!

Debbie V. said...

I haven't read many Christian fiction or fiction of faith because the ones I've tried have not really inspired me. So I'm leery, but still looking. I understand that books don't have to be "Christian" to inspire one to lead a Christian life. (C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, etc).
I hope this doesn't make me sound flaky, but so far the novelist that has most inspired me to life "right" has been Grace Livingston Hill. Her plots are predictable and romance-driven, but her heroine always chooses well. I read her "The Enchanted Barn" in 2008, and while it wasn't once of my favorites, it still had the same charisma for me. Here's a link to my review on Shelfari - Enchanted Barn
I'm looking forward to the Faith'n'Fiction Saturday this coming year.

Michelle Sutton said...

I posted my list on my website, though I read so many books I posted my top 20. :) The criteria was they made me think, turn the pages, taught me something, and I thought they were worth my time to read.

Becky said...

Here is my list of favorites I read in 2009. I went with a top five list and some honorable mentions...

bigguysmama said...

Hi Amy! Perfect timing. I had just posted Saturday morning a list of my top 10 books of 2009. Here's my link:

I would also be happy to participate in any Roundtable discussions or suggest books. I think we read mostly the same Christian Fiction! :)

Happy Twenty-Ten...Mimi @ Woven by Words

Krista said...

I read #'s 1, 3, and 4 on your list and by far my favorite was #3 although they would all be on my top picks list!
I also really like eye of the god, Things Worth Remembering (by Jackina Stark too), Dawn's Prelude, Kathryn's Fountain, Any Minute, This Side of Heaven, Breathe, The Secret, Journey to the Well - this last one was one of my favorites!
And of course, the majority of these were CFBA books... I like the convenience of books by mail so much I haven't been to the library in quite awhile!

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