So many books, so little time, as the saying goes.  But if you sift through the piles of books published in 2002, you’ll find many gems that are worth well your time to read.  Here are 10 of the best books produced by Christian authors and publishers in 2002 (in no particular order):


Fearless Faith
Author:      John Fischer
Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers
Christian writers often express prophetic words, delivering messages from God that are valuable, yet sometimes hard to hear.  With Fearless Faith, author John Fischer bravely summons Christians to quit worrying about what’s safe and fully embrace a sinful world with Christ’s love.  He eloquently helps readers understand that Christ intends for them to be fully involved in society, why that’s so important, and how to do so.  By asking hard questions and motivating Christians to break out of a comfortable subculture, he encourages readers to develop a deep, genuine faith.  That’s the best thing a Christian book can do.


Focus on the Family Complete Guide to Caring for Aging Loved Ones
Authors:    Various
Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers
This guide covers a timely topic in an amazingly comprehensive way.  People are living longer, which means that more people than ever before are finding themselves with aging loved ones who need their help.  The spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and financial aspects of providing such care can easily become overwhelming.  Help exists, but to find it, caregivers must often navigate a confusing maze of resources.  Thanks to this guide, however, caregivers can use a single resource to help them plan how to care for their aging family members or friends.  A variety of experts in all aspects of caring for elderly people contributed informative and practical material to the guide, and editors pulled it all together in a highly engaging style.


The Monster Within: Facing an Eating Disorder
Author:      Cynthia Rowland McClure
Publisher:  Fleming H. Revell Co.
It takes great courage for a writer to bare his or her soul for the benefit of readers, and that’s just what author Cynthia Rowland McClure does in this book.  She seems to reach through the pages to embrace readers as friends as she shares her struggles with bulimia.  The vulnerability and unflinching emotion of her writing make readers care about her topic and convince them that she cares about them.  McClure also provides lots of insightful advice for readers to apply in their own lives as they try to break free of eating disorders.


Reality Shift:  They Changed the Future
Author:     Christopher P.N. Maselli
Publisher:  Zonderkidz
This book for boys is a shining example of crackerjack fiction writing.  It’s full of imagination, well-crafted language, and fast-paced action.  The book’s exciting writing serves as a good example of its main message:  words are powerful.  When 13-year-old hero Matt Calahan receives a mysterious laptop computer, he discovers just how powerful words can be.  And along the way, he discovers more about Jesus, the Word Incarnate.  How great it would be if all Christian books were this much fun to read.