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Help: I need book recommendations!

I’m a panelist for a local televised book club that reviews novels once a month from a Christian perspective, and we’re in the process of building our list of books to review during the next season (which starts next month, ack). We review novels (current and classic) from both Christian and secular publishing houses that deal with issues of faith. (Examples of books we've reviewed in the past include Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River, Lauren Winner’s girl meets GOD, Marilynne Robinson Gilead, Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord (which this blog reviewed), James Schaap’s Touches the Sky, Randy Alcorn’s Safely Home, C.S. Lewis’ TLTWTW, Ray Blackston's Flabbergasted, Minnie Lamberth’s Life with Strings Attached, Karen Hancock’s Arena, Tedd Dekker’s Three and Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place. That’s not an exhaustive list, but just a sampling.) If you have a suggestion, by all means please, please post it here or email me at books [at] pilgrimscrybe [dot] net. Also, feel free to disperse this call in any way you wish—the more recommendations we get the better!

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David said…
The Great Divorce (CS Lewis) or Mountain Rain (James O Fraser - autobiog, not a novel)?

good reading...
Elliot said…
I think most of the books in this list would be appropriate:

Or how about Valerie Martin's Salvation, or Susan Bergman's Anonymity, or A Tremor of Bliss...

There's so many possibilities I don't even know where to start!
Kelli said…
How about "Lovely Bones" for a discussion of heaven and what happens to our soul when we die? Or, I highly recommend "The Hummingbird's Daughter" for the blending of Mexican Catholicism and folklore and supersition.
revabi said…
"The Dance of the Dissident Daughter", "Secret Life of Bees", "Mermaid Chair", by Sue Monk Kidd.

You might want to check out this two links also:
Faith and Theology, He always has some books listed. Silver and Gold Scroll down to his post on the book meme revisited.

"Does Blue like Jazz" by Donald Miller count? "Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan, "The Space Trilogy" by C. S. Lewis, The books by Madeleline Le Engle, "A Severe Mercy" by Sheldon Vanauken, The Mitford Series, Annie Dillard's books. Those are a few to begin with to help you.
Mirtika said…
by Frederick Buechner:
Son of Laughter

By Flanner O'Conner:
Wise Blood
Collected Stories

Outriders by Kathryn Mackel

Songbird by Lisa Samson

by Walter Wangerin, Jr:
the Book of the Dun Cow

Redeemimg Love by Francine Rivers

by Ron Hansen:
Mariette in Ecstasy

by W. Dale Kramer:
Levi's Will
Bad Ground

The Oath by Frank Perretti

The Wind in the Wheat by Reed Arvin

by Michael D. O'Brien
Father Elijah
Strangers and Sojourners

Lying Awake by Mark Salzman

Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Passing by Samaria by Sharon Ewell Foster

Some Wildflower in My Heart by Jamie Langston Turner

Grace At Bender Springs by Vinita Hampton Wright

Just Shy of Harmony by Phillip Gulley

You might also want to google up some of the recent Christy Award winners. Athol Dickson's book has been getting lots of talk as excellent. :) Also talked up lately:
Watching the Tree Limbs by Mary De Muth

Relentless by Robin Parrish

The Hidden by Kathryn Mackel

I hope that helps some, Carmen. :)

Carmen Andres said…
thank you SO MUCH to all of you. many blessings!
Cathy said…
Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire.