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Genre: Fiction

Inspirational Fiction
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Jan Karon

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Jan Karon is best known for her poular series of books set mainly in fictional Mitford, North Carolina and featuring Episcopal priest Father Timothy Kavanaugh. Karon's heartwarming novels offer more character than plot and more dialog than action. While Father Tim is the focus of these stories, the eccentric townspeople provide the humor. The Mitford novels are leisurely-paced, gentle stories of a small town and its denizens who face moral dilemmas, but can overcome all obstacles and make the best of their lives. Karon has written several children's books, as well. Start with: At Home in Mitford.

Tim F. LaHaye

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Minister Tim F. LaHaye is best known for the Left Behind series, which he co-writes with Jerry B. Jenkins. With a fast pace and gripping apocalyptic storyline, these books have become the best-selling Christian fiction ever. The characters are realistic and even the bad guys are likeable and human. Based on prophesies of the Biblical apocalypse, death and destruction are prevalent in these stories but the straightforward writing style and frequent funny dialogue help to keep the tone light. Start with: Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days.

Richard Paul Evans

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Ricahrd Paul Evans writes gentle, Christian-themed novels for adults and kids. His characters are usually struggling with a moral issue or a life-changing event, relying on the kindness of friends and strangers alike to see them through their troubles. Many of his novels revolve around the Christmas season, and are quick reads. Focusing on message rather than character development, his works are light, satisfying fare for sentimental readers. Start with: Finding Noel.

Beverly Lewis

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Setting her contemporary evangelical Christian family stories among Amish communities in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Beverly Lewis attracts readers with her authentic details and fascinating insights into the "plain people" and their beliefs. While the Amish background gives these series a timeless feel and unhurried pace, the issues involving lifestyle and faith make them unexpectedly thoughtful and provocative.. Start with: The Parting.

Lori Copeland

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Originally known for her entertaining, often hilarious historical romances, Lori Copeland transitioned to the inspirational market, where she writes faith-based historical romances set in the West or Pacific Northwest, and a humorous contemporary inspirational mystery series full of quirky characters and church politics. Redemption, second chances, the triumph of joy, and family are common themes in Copeland's books. Her carefully detailed settings add to the appeal of her heartwarming stories. Start with: A Case of Bad Taste.

Titles to Try:

Leaving- Karen Kinsbury
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Bailey Flanigan leaves Bloomington, IN, to audition for a Broadway musical. She's hesitant to leave home and those she loves, but she's determined to take this opportunity.  Bailey finds herself faced with several suitors, yet she is in love with her boyfriend back home. Leaving is emotional charged and featured characters struggling with their faith.

The Journey- Wanda Brunstetter
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Moving from Pennsylvania, finding rewarding work, and leaving a broken romance behind is the best decision Titus ever made. But is he ready to consider love again? He meets two women: one who seems perfectly suited for any Amish man and one who challenges long-held ideas of the woman's role. Who will Titus chose, and will it be the right choice?

Intervention- Terri Blackstock
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Barbara Covington's intervention for her drug addicted daughter Emily seems like a success until Emily disappears on the way to rehab and the interventionist accompanying her is found dead.

The Penny- Joyce Meyer
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Inadvertently stopping a robbery when she makes a chance decision, fourteen-year-old Jenny Blake forges a life-changing friendship with Miss Shaw, who introduces Jenny to her surrounding community and teaches her about meeting painful life challenges through faith.

Yada Yada Prayer Group-Neta Jackson
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What do an ex-con, a former drug addict, a real estate broker, a college student, and a married mother of two have in common? A group of 12 extremely diverse women, assigned to a prayer group at a women's conference, become the best of friends as they support each other through the challenges and crises in their lives.

Inspirational Fiction Websites - These websites include information about Mystery novels, authors, reviews of books, and other information specifically for the Mystery reader.

Christian Fiction Review

Book Reviews for Christian Fiction 

Christian Fiction Online Magazine

An online magazine with book suggestions, reviews, and information about Christian Fiction.

Faithful Reader

Recommended reads, monthly giveways, and book list relating to Christian Fiction.

Faith, Hope, and Love

The inspiration division of Romance Writers of America- this site offers information on Christian Fiction Romance Writers.  

The Christian Fiction Site

Reviews, news, excerpts from books, and information on Christian Fiction  novels.

Inspirational Fiction Newsletters- If you are interested in receiving mystery fiction news directly in your email inbox, sign up for one of the following newsletters.

Faithful Reader Newsletter

A newsletter featuring reviews, news, book excerpts, and more from the Faithful Reader website.

Tyndal House Publishing Newsletter

A newsletter from the publishers at Tyndal House.

Hot off the Press Newsletter

Information on new Christian Fiction Releases from the Christian Fiction Site.

ChristianBook.Com Newsletter

News and information on Christian Fiction books.

Inspirational Fiction Awards- for more information on award winners, visit the MCLS Book Awards Page (coming soon).

ACFW Book of the Year Awards

American Christian Fiction Writers annually present awards in several categories all relating to Christian Fiction

Christy Awards

Since 2000 the Christian Booksellers Associates awards the Christy Awards in several categories each year at their annual convention.

Gold Medal Award

The Evangelical Christian Publisher’s association has awarded one work of Christian Fiction their Gold Medal Award each year since 1978.

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