Christian Fiction Reading Challenge: Part 2

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I had always thought that Christian fiction would be cheesy and unrealatable, that is until I decided to try reading some for myself. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. I thought I might as well share my thoughts on a few more books.

IMG_0294Capturing Jasmina By Kimberly Rae

This is an original story which will stir your emotions, and hopefully remind you of the struggle so many men, women and children, who are caught in the international atrocity of human trafficking face everyday. This book sensitively tells the story of one young girl, Jasmina, who finds herself caught up in this, tragically sold by her parents, along with her brother.

It is hard not to get caught up in her story, as she finds her self working in a sweatshop, living on the streets, fending for herself and finding herself in situation well out of her control.

The author tells this story sensitively, in a way suitable for secondary school children and young teenagers, but without making light of the situation.

Although this is a sad story, ultimately, it is a story of hope,a story of how we can find our freedom in Christ. I really hope this story will open people’s eyes to the reality of human trafficking and make them want to be involved in fighting against it. A truly great message for a Christian book. and a gripping story as well, one that you will be thinking about for a long time after you have finished the book.

The only disappointing thing about this book was that it was too short, but I guess that means its suitable for reluctant readers as well.

IMG_0292Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas

I loved this book! One of the criticisms many people (including myself!) have about Christian fiction is that it is too cheesy, or that the characters are too perfect. This one had neither of those problems: it wasn’t cheesy at all, and the characters had more than their fair share of flaws, which made them all the more likeable!

When Henry’s father dies Henry is left in shock, dropping our of university and getting involved with a family of illegal moonshiners. He meets Martha, along with her younger sister Mayfair, when she starts working for his grandmother. These two girls have lived a hard life with uncaring parents and find solace with Henry’s family. While all the characters in this book are quirky and lovable, Mayfair is by far my favourite. She is a special and unusual girl with a unique gift, and is sure to get right into your heart.

This is such an inspiring read. I believe one of the marks of a great Christian book is that it makes you think deeply; and clearly see the sin in your own life in a new light. This book does both, and then some.

In short, I loved everything about this book, the plotline kept me guessing, and wanting to read on, there were some fantastic twists along the way; the characters were lovable, I truly wanted the best for them, and even cried with them at times;  the setting was just perfect and there was a great message to boot! This is Christian fiction, exactly as it should be.

It is worth mentioning that this book is a sequel, reading it on its own did not take away my enjoyment of it, but it has made me want to read the first book.

IMG_0293Five Days In Skye by Carla Laureano

This is a sweet love story that reminded me of the books of Katie Fforde. (A good thing!)

Andre is a high powered business woman, unexpectedly called away from her holiday in Tahiti to close a deal, in Scotland, of all places, with arrogant celebrity chef James. Needless to say, the meeting does not start well and she is determined not to fall in love with either James or Scotland, but God, obviously, has other plans.

Yes it was fairly obvious how this book would end, but that didn’t stop my enjoyment of the story, which was told perfectly. I loved that this wasn’t only a love story between the two characters but that it involved God as well, something which made this story all the more special. The author handled the faith aspect really well, although it wasn’t central to the plotline, it certainly had an impact on the story, their faith and actions were both believable and realistic.

The Scottish setting was gorgeous, but be warned, after reading this you will want to hop on the first train up to Scotland!

I really enjoyed all of these books! I am definitely getting into the idea of reading more Christian fiction.

I did notice one recurring theme in all of the six books I have read so far. In every one of them the main character is either an orphan, has recently lost a parent, or has parents that are completely unloving. Is this some kind of unwritten rule in Christian fiction? Yes, I guess this does leave space for God to fill the role of the perfect parent, but it would be nice to read about some stable family situations too!

What do you think of Christian fiction? Do you have any books you would recommend? Have you noticed any other reccuring themes?

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13 thoughts on “Christian Fiction Reading Challenge: Part 2

  1. Sounds like you have found some interesting books to read. I, for one, love Christian fiction, but, I also love Christian nonfiction as well. Like any genre, do your research about the author when selecting a book to read. To me, Christian fiction can be strong or weak depending on the author.

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    • Yes I think your right, some of the ones I read were just like any other book, but the main character was a christian, others had a deeper message, I think I prefer the second kind, but enjoy a bit of light reading too. Are there any you would recommend?
      I like non fiction too, but it normally takes me a lot longer to read!

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  2. Christian fiction is one of my favorites. I also love historical fiction. A book I loved that had a little of both was Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser. More recently I’ve enjoyed Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St Amant (http://bit.ly/1IczV8X), which has that similar underlying theme of loss. Also an interesting non-fiction books I’ve read are God of the Big Bang by Leslie Wickman (http://bit.ly/1HDvMup). I’ve been reviewing books, preferably Christian & children’s for a few months. Check out my reviews at http://bit.ly/1OqCIiD

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  3. Liking Capturing Jasmina storyline – and as it’s short , it’s just right for May being Short Story month!
    Will have to think about other possible titles with different themes now that you’ve mentioned the ones you noticed.. there surely are others… more books reviewed at FHC

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  4. Thanks for stopping by! I didn’t know May was short story month, I’ll definitely be checking out your blog 🙂
    capturing Jasmina is well worth a read, I like the combination of social action and art, something I would love to see more of! I have the sequal, Buying Samir to read soon as well.

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  5. I’m glad you’ve been pleasantly surprised by Christian Fiction, Ally! I’ve been a big ChristFic fan since I was a preteen. Sooo many books with different themes I could recommend, but for the sake of this post, I’ll just name, oh, three books from my all-time Favorite Reads list.

    American Anthem by BJ Hoff–historical fiction and a series, acutally: http://wp.me/pwlMY-v4
    The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron, WWII historical fiction: http://wp.me/pwlMY-BU
    Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar, biblical fiction: http://wp.me/pwlMY-IW

    Well, okay–just one more, to throw in a contemporary read! 😀
    Old Fashioned by Rene Gutteridge, a romance: http://wp.me/pwlMY-Si

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