Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Guest blog: Stacy Hawkins Adams' Christian fiction recommendations

Journeys of faith are as unique as the individuals traveling them. 

Just as one style of worship and set of religious practices don’t resonate with every Christian, neither would one type of Christian fiction novel.

Since writers hail from all walks of life and varying connections to God, so do our expressions of that faith in our fictional work.

In fiction, few of us are trying to preach. We want our characters to “reveal” biblical truths or convey lessons simply by being and doing. Readers are invited to enjoy our stories and take whatever messages they will. Some novels will simply entertain while others may sear your soul.

The beauty of this genre is that rather than cookie-cutter stories that all end the same, readers who search hard enough can find writers whose books engage them and challenge them as much as books from any other genre.

Consider adding the Christian fiction novels below to your gift list this Christmas:

· The Ideal Wife by Jacquelin Thomas – Bestselling author Jacquelin Thomas pushes the envelope in this novel by addressing the swingers’ lifestyle and what happens when one woman casts aside her morals and faith for the sake of what she believes is love.

· Sins of the Father by Angela Benson - This compelling novel shares the story of a wealthy media mogul who has a secret second family. When Abraham Martin’s conscience gets the best of him, he – and his families – must face the consequences of his choices and learn to forgive.

· This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti – This classic Christian thriller is an action-packed story of spiritual warfare between the forces of good and evil. Readers will finish this book with a deeper understanding of the power and importance of prayer.

· Blessed Trinity by Vanessa Davis Griggs – In this novel, the oldest of three sisters perfects a façade of success and happiness, when in reality she has spent her life guarding a terrible secret. Readers will keep turning pages to find out when and how she’ll handle the truth, and whether it will destroy her or strengthen her faith.

· Chosen by Patricia Haley – Sibling rivalry rears its head in this novel when the leader of a multi-million dollar ministry decides that his younger son rather than his firstborn should take the helm of the organization. The two half brothers and their mothers plot and scheme over who will have final control. Their actions remind readers that authentic faith in God doesn’t hinge on titles and power.

· The Rivers Run Dry by Sibella Giorello – In this Christian fiction mystery, a flawed FBI agent struggles to settle into a new assignment while dealing with a boss who dislikes her and while helping her mother through a personal crisis. Readers can relate to Raleigh Harmon’s imperfections yet still be intrigued by her work and her efforts to find a missing woman.

· The Bishop’s Daughter by Tiffany Warren – Bestselling author Tiffany Warren reflects our culture’s disdain for Christians through her journalist character Darrin Bainbridge, who decides to tell the “truth” about Hollywood ministers by exposing one bishop’s fraud. Darrin’s plans are complicated when he falls in love with the minister’s daughter.

· The Face by Angela Hunt – In this intriguing novel, a severely deformed woman who has been hidden in a CIA facility since birth and used to help the government accomplish certain goals, is discovered by a long-lost aunt. The aunt helps her reclaim her life and decide, for the first time ever, who she wants to be and for whom she wants to live.

· Lady Jasmine by Victoria Christopher Murray – The latest novel by Victoria Christopher Murray, who is credited with birthing the African American Christian fiction genre, tells the story of Jasmine, a character from Murray’s previous novels who has a history of scheming and lying. Jasmine has promised her minister husband she’ll keep no more secrets from him. She tells all but one horrible truth – the one that now leaves her facing blackmail.

There should be something in this eclectic mix of Christian fiction novels for most book lovers on your list. Some of the titles are overt in sharing messages of faith while others use Christianity as an undertone. Choose a genre –mystery, suspense or romance, for example - that your book lover already appreciates and you won’t go wrong.

Stacy Hawkins Adams is an Essence bestselling Christian fiction author, freelance journalist and inspirational speaker. Her sixth novel, Dreams That Won’t Let Go, will be released in January. Other titles include The Someday List, Watercolored Pearls and Worth a Thousand Words. Visit her website to read excerpts of her work: www.StacyHawkinsAdams.com


Anonymous said...

I'd like to add a couple of recommendations to this inspirational fiction authors to list. Sherri Lewis is great. She's touched on edgy topics with warmth, humor and relatable Christian characters. Her style is not stiff and preachy.
Ditto for Reshonda Tate-Billingsley.

Carleen Brice said...

Thank you! No way can I or any guest post writer know all the good books that are out there. So thanks for these additions!

Stacy Hawkins Adams said...

I agree! Thanks for adding to my list. Sherri's books are wonderful, as are those penned by Tia McCollors, Marilynn Griffith, Kendra Norman Bellamy, Rhonda McKnight, Claudia Mair Burney, Pat G'Orge Walker, Linda Beed and others I didn't mention earlier. Give the genre a try and you'll be pleased with what you find.

Carleen, thanks for giving me this opportunity to share!

JC Martin said...

I'd like to add books by the author who suggested all these talented people. Stacy Hawkins Adams is a wonderful author as well.

Dee S. said...

You know I can add authors for days, but I already do that on my blog. My list is up for the top December picks of the month at Christian Fiction Blog (http://www.christianfiction.blogspot.com )
Now done with the shameless plug. lol.

Stacy, I adore this list. I love Peretti's This Present Darkness and I love, love, love Sibella's books. She is a wonderful suspense writer.

I also recommend Nicole Seitz. She is like a cross between Sue Monk Kidd, Nicolas Sparks and a hint of Carleen Brice(hint, hint.) She has a new novel, now that is on my list for this month as well.

I am also a huge fan of Tosca Lee. Demon: a Memoir is one of the best books I've ever read.

On Angela Benson's blog this week she talked about parables vs Christian Fiction. Pat Haley and Jacqui Thomas are great examples of parable writers. They both modernize biblical parables.

Can't wait to read your new book, Stacy. When are you heading back to Atlanta?

And Carleen...lol

Shalema said...


Certainly in agreement with Tia McCollors and Claudia Mair Burney. I also enjoyed the earlier works of Victoria Christopher Murray

Stacy Hawkins Adams said...

Thanks for the feedback, and sharing of additional authors. I'll be making several trips to Atlanta in 2010 - details will be coming soon! :)

Thanks for your continued support.

Xavier Knight said...

Thanks for bridging the gap between audiences here. I'd like to shamelessly self-promote Xavier Knights' Christian novels and other male writers like Victor McGlothin and James Guitard. Give the brothers a chance!

Anonymous said...

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