Everday Becky is hosting her first carnival and she is asking for good Christian fiction book recommendations. I love stuff like this because it gives me a little list of books to look for at the library and book store. I am an avid reader and sometimes the choices are just overwhelming. Of course, with a list, I always have the "Which one do I read next?" problem.
I have to second Jamie's recommendation of Cape Refuge by Terri Blackstock. I couldn't put this down. I was really hesitant about Christian mystery. But this was very very good. (Truth be told, Jamie loaned me the book. When she moves I will no longer be able to use her as my personal library for all things Christian fiction.)
My newest obsession is any and everything by Phillip Gulley. Start with Home to Harmony. Read them all. Part Garrison Keillor, part Jan Karon, and uniquely Phillip Gulley. These are the stories of a Quaker minister and his return to pastor the church in his little hometown. You will laugh til your sides hurt and cry til you think your heart will just break. I can not say enough about his story telling. It is masterful. This book also leaves you better than you were before you read it. You will be left with a measure of great Grace.
If you haven't gotten on the Jan Karon/Mitford train, go get on the train. It will make you smile and culturally relevant. LOL!
I am working on The Hammer of God right now. This is heavy reading. The book follows three Swedish Lutheran pastors as they struggle with the place of the church in Swedish society. Heavy on Lutheran theology and a must read for anyone who attends a Lutheran church and those who are curious. Don't expect to read this in a weekend.
Participate in Becky's carnival here. Go. Because I want more book recommendations!