A lot of Christian fiction has been beneficial to me in many ways, but one that stands out is Janette Oke’s A Quiet Strength. It’s the third book in one series, and in that one, a young girl has just gotten married and is struggling with the fact that her husband is out of the house so much. I was struggling with that as well, even though I’d been married longer.
Janette Oke is the one who started a love of Christian fiction in my life!
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis are, of course classics. I didn’t read them until I was an adult.
It would probably be easier to list my favorite Christian authors rather than their individual books. Of course, this isn’t an endorsement of every thing every author listed has to say. I’d disagree with a few things here and there.
I liked Ted Dekker’s Obsession and the Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, and White).
My two all-time favorite secular novels are A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (even though it took me several attempts before I finished it) and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
Other favorite secular authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Lucy Maud Montgomery. I want to read some of Jane Austen’s novels soon.
I just know there are some authors or books I’ve missed that, when I look at this list again, I’ll kick myself for forgetting!