Francine Rivers - Audra's Pick
This was a hard one for me. To tell the truth, I don’t read fiction very often. But, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, was one of my favorites from many years ago!
Karen Kingsbury - Laura's Pick
I was never a big reader growing up...I know...it's a horrible thing! Even now, I don't often read for pleasure because I don't have much quiet time to dedicate to it. But, when we go on vacation or a rare quiet time arises, I love to read Karen Kingsbury! I have read all of her series and still have a few stand alone books to read. I remember getting so enthralled with The Baxter's series that I began wanting to tell their stories in real life! HA! Needless to say, her books come to life for me!
Lynn Austin - Rebecca's Pick
Goodness, I could list a dozen favorites because this is my FAVORITE genre! In fact, it's the only genre that I read for pleasure now. I especially love Biblical historical fiction because the attention to the little details regarding the culture, the customs, the characters, and the circumstances surrounding God's people make it come alive in my mind! Such is the case with Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings Series and The Restoration Chronicles. The first is about Israel's kings. A select few feared God and experienced great triumphant while many others rejected God and self-destructed. The second series is about the return of Israelites after 70 years of captivity in Babylon and the massive rebuilding and rededicating of their wall, Temple, and hearts. These books take you back a few thousand years and make you feel as if you are walking through the pages of the Bible as they were being lived out.
And, just because I can't resist...if Christian historical fiction is your thing, you have to check out the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers and The Advocate by Randy Singer, too!
Bodie and Brock Thoene - Tammy's Pick
Back in the days when I was trying to break my addiction to smut fiction (bleh), I discovered the Thoene's books full of rich history and characters. Their series cover everything from underground Jerusalem during the six day war to a whole series surrounding Christ's time on earth. I haven't read their work in a while but have been reminded again of how kind God is. Even in our reading material, when we cry out to Him He directs our path to truth and beauty.
Janette Oke - Andrea's Pick
(Be sure to read Andrea's excellent guest post on Christan fiction filled with a myriad of suggestions.)
For me it would be a toss-up between Lynn Austin and Janette Oke but since Rebecca is going with Lynn Austin, I'll pick Janette Oke. I love the fact that her fictions spans the early New Testament Church History all the way to the Wild West.