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5 Best Christian Fiction Books to Curl Up with This Winter

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There is nothing quite as lovely as curling up by a fire with a Christian fiction book. When the days are short and the nights are long, a great well-written Christian novel can be like a cup of good cheer. Far better than screen time, why not make it your goal to read a few good Christian fiction books this winter?

Now, you might be wondering what the value of Christian fiction is if you normally read only non-fiction. There are plenty of great reasons to nestle down with a good novel!

Reasons to Read Christian Fiction Books

Stories have been one of God’s favorite methods of teaching for centuries. Think about it; Jesus continually told stories to teach His followers about the Kingdom of God. Everywhere He went, crowds gathered to hear His stories. Some were humorous, like the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32) or the parable of the wise and foolish builder (Matthew 7:24-27). Jews weren’t even allowed to plant mustard seeds in their gardens because they would take over the entire garden. And, who would build a house on the sand? The crowds probably laughed at Jesus’ stories. Jesus also told more serious stories like the story about the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35). The truth is, all of these stories were fiction. They were pretend stories that illustrated Jesus’ teaching. Christian fiction does the same.

Fiction books can give us a glimpse into history through pretend characters. Yet, through the characters, we are given a front-row seat to certain periods of history. When you pick up a World War II novel you become engrossed in the characters and yet, you’re able to better understand that era in history and the impact it has on the present.

Christian fiction can also provide a relaxing way to look at some of the problems of our time. Though the challenges may be huge, by looking at them through the lens of fictional characters, you’re able to enjoy a great story while at the same time grappling with current issues.

On a practical level, reading a Christian fiction book brings both relaxation and stimulation for your brain. In our high-tech society where we spend hours on our computers or vegging out in front of the T.V., Christian fiction can allow us to relax while still doing something beneficial for our brains. Those who read struggle far less with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease than those who simply relax in front of the T.V. If you want to do something that’s both relaxing and stimulating for your brain, pick up a good book this winter and enjoy.

If you need suggestions, here are a few great Christian fiction books to get you started.

5 Best Christian Fiction Books to Read This Winter

1. Afraid of the Light by Cynthia Ruchti. This brilliantly written novel takes a look at the psychological problem of hoarding but with absolutely delightful characters. The story is set around Clinical psychologist, Camille Brooks who hosts a podcast about hoarding. Cynthia Ruchti, combines romance and drama to weave a masterful story of redemption. Through this delightful, intriguing, and romantic story the reader is captivated by colorful characters that will keep them turning the pages. This relevant novel is masterfully written, charming, and filled with compassion. I absolutely loved it and recommend all of Cynthia’s novels.

2. Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar. Tessa has a way of bringing Biblical fiction alive in a way that no other author does. Her Christian fiction is brilliant! She seamlessly blends Biblical history with theological truth while using biblical characters and incorporating fictional stories. It’s an art form few authors possess. In Daughter of Rome, Tessa weaves together the romantic story of Priscilla and Aquilla from the book of Acts. She tells a story about this fascinating couple that combines romance, murder, and betrayal. The story will absolutely captivate your heart and leave you hungering for more. I love Tessa’s attention to Biblical research and her writing style is beautiful.

3. When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin. I love all of Sarah Sundin’s novels, but this one was my favorite! Sarah writes historical Christian fiction set during World War I and II. When Twilight Breaks is set during World War II and is filled with suspense, intrigue, and romance while at the same time filled with historical authenticity. As the reader, you’ll fall in love with Evelyn Brand, the American foreign correspondent, and Peter Lang, the American graduate student. While enjoying the story the reader will realize just how conflicted America was at the brink of World War II. If you love historical fiction don’t miss any of Sarah Sundin’s!

4. Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason. If you love suspense thrillers, this will be a win for you! Lynette Eason is a masterful author of suspenseful Christian fiction. Collateral Damage is the story of Brooke Adams who has been honorably discharged from the army after serving the military as a psychiatrist. Asher James is a former army special ops Sergeant struggling with PTSD. As the story unfolds it becomes clear that someone wants Brooke Adams dead. You’ll have to read the story to find out what happens! Any Christian fiction book that Lynette Eason writes will be filled with mystery, suspense, and intrigue. If you love mysteries, you’ll absolutely love Lynnette’s books.

5. Provenance by Carla Laureano. Set in a small town in the mountains of Colorado, this is a delightful read. The story is about a Los Angeles interior designer and former foster kid named Kendell Green. The reader falls in love with Kendell and is invited into her struggles as a kid who grew up in the system. After receiving an unexpected inheritance, she finds herself at Jasper Lake where she ends up falling in love.

I loved the way the author, Carla Laureano, wove art history into the story as well as current issues involving foster care and the true meaning of home. While the story is filled with romance, there is an attention to detail and depth that makes this a profound read. The novel is filled with interesting characters, witty banter, and is a definite must-read this winter! I will definitely be purchasing more of Carla’s Christian fiction books.

Christian Fiction Authors to Follow

Beyond Cynthia Ruchti, Sarah Sundin, Tessa Afshar, Lynette Eason, and Carla Laureano, I would suggest a few other authors to begin following.

Rachel Hauck is a New York Times Best Selling Christian fiction author whose writings are profound. I especially like her Wedding Dress series including The Wedding Dress, The Wedding Shop, and The Wedding Chapel. I love the way Rachel listens to the Holy Spirit as she writes. It is evident in all her Christian fiction books.

Another Christian Fiction author to follow is Tricia Goyer. Tricia is as genuine a writer as you’ll find. She writes many historical fiction novels and her writing talent and attention to historical details are profound. Lisa T. Bergren also writes historical fiction and is worth following.

Diann Mills is another Christian fiction award-winning author to follow. She writes about adventure, secrets, mystery, and romance. She is an accomplished author with a huge heart for her readers. If you love a suspense story, Diann is your girl.

Francine Rivers is in a category all by herself! Any book written by Francine will be profound.  She has a rare gift for weaving together stories and witty prose with great wisdom. She is a master award-winning author.

With the coming months of winter, colder weather, and longer nights, why not cuddle up with a Christian fiction book? Christian fiction can entertain and enlighten us on God’s stories, certain events in history, or issues of our time. Stories were one of Jesus’ favorite methods of teaching. Allow Christian fiction books to help you relax and provide intellectual entertainment this winter!

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headshot of author Becky HarlingAuthentic. Passionate. Funny and Biblical all describe Becky Harling. A best-selling author, Becky is a popular speaker at conferences, retreats, and other events. She is the author of 11 books including, How to Listen so Your Kids Will Talk, Psalms for the Anxious how to listen so your kids will talk becky harling book Heart, and The Extraordinary Power of Praise. Becky is a certified coach with the John Maxwell Team and a seasoned Bible teacher. You can connect with Becky at www.beckyharling.com, www.harlingleadership.com,  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/beckyharlingministries, Twitter, @beckyharling, or on Instagram at Becky Harling





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