Welcome, I’m Aryn the Libraryan, and sharing Christian book reviews is the highlight of my day. It’s so nice to “meet” you!

I’m here to connect Christian women to the books they need. Whatever problem you’re facing, there’s a book that will help point you to Jesus and his solution, including

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Getting Started: Christian Fiction Book Reviews:

Christian book reviews are full of opinions and preferences, and especially with Christian fiction book reviews, I try to give you a head’s up if there are particular real-life situations that you may be sensitive to. I recommend reading books that challenge you, but I don’t want you blindsided by a situation or event in your book friend’s life that you can’t handle this week.

Here are the most recent Christian fiction book review posts, so you can find just the right book for fun, that’ll also make you think:

  • Refining Josie
    Refining Josie is a story I’ve been looking forward to for almost 2 years. Ever since Josie’s sister Sam’s story, with the hints we got of Josie, and how no one really understood her, and why she’d changed so much. I must say it was absolutely worth the wait. Check it out, and then enter … Read More
  • Skyworld: Best Christian Steampunk Books
    Today, we enter a whole new world. Some of the dangers are far too familiar. But some are very unique and creative. As much as I enjoyed being a guest to Skyworld, I’m not sure I would want to live there. I’ll admit that I didn’t know what ‘steampunk’ was until this book. But it’s … Read More
  • 10 Biblical Convictions To Live By In Everyday Life
    How well do you live out your Biblical Convictions? When God convicts your heart of something in particular, whether he wants you to stop doing something, or maybe step up and act, do you follow Him? I have to admit I don’t, always, but I’m doing better. And the book we’re going to highlight today, … Read More
  • 29 Best Christian Beach Reads That Have Substance
    These Christian beach reads will challenge your faith muscles, have you laughing and crying, and basically cause you to take an escape from reality that better prepares you for real life. They make for great books to read on the beach, or when you wish you could be there. Full of life-changing, crushing and strengthening … Read More
  • Best Chronology of the Bible Timeline Using Christian Books
    To enhance your experience with studying the Bible, try picking selections from this Chronology of the Bible Timeline-Old Testament Timeline Edition. You’ll find loads of Christian books and Bible studies, plus the best Biblical Fiction novels.  Whether you struggle with putting the timeline of the Bible in order, just want to experience a particular period … Read More

Christian Book Reviews: NonFiction

And here are the latest posts in the Christian book review, nonfiction lineup, for deepening your faith and strengthening your peace and hope. Bible studies and devotionals as well as spiritual growth ‘Christian living’ type Christian book reviews can be found here:

  • How To Be a Good Housewife: Juggling Your Life 1 Priority At a Time
    Ever wonder how to be a good housewife in today’s world? I mean, is there really a place for a traditional housewife in the 21st Century? I guess that really depends on your definition of a “good” or traditional housewife. The Bible has a lot to say about how to be a good housewife, and … Read More
  • 5 Gratitude Journaling Benefits You Need to Know
    This fall I started something new. I’ve known the importance of gratitude but now I’m discovering more practical gratitude journaling benefits – And I am loving the process! For at least 15 years now, I’ve kept a (semi-consistent) gratitude text message conversation with 2 friends, and have seen first-hand the gratitude journaling benefits that has provided. … Read More
  • How To Set Personal Goals in Life as a Christian
    Knowing what you want, and WHY you want it will take you a long way towards making it happen. But that’s not all that matters. Getting God’s input, making sure that you are following Biblical goal-setting practices, and having access to God’s power and favor in your follow-through? Those things make all the difference in the world!
  • 8 Christian Stewardship Books for Better Biblical Stewardship
    Many of us were not taught solid Christian stewardship. Money either wasn’t talked about, or was a point of stress, or some combination of mystery and mayhem. But Christian money management is important, and actually do-able if you are willing to learn something new and make a few new habits. It may be a challenge, … Read More
  • Best Chronology of the Bible Timeline Using Christian Books
    To enhance your experience with studying the Bible, try picking selections from this Chronology of the Bible Timeline-Old Testament Timeline Edition. You’ll find loads of Christian books and Bible studies, plus the best Biblical Fiction novels.  Whether you struggle with putting the timeline of the Bible in order, just want to experience a particular period … Read More

Christian Book Reviews for Parents:

And one of the best parts of the job is providing Christian book reviews for parents. I still love to read books for teens myself, and as I have two young boys, I’m always reading children’s books. So Christian parent book reviews are always happening.

Here are the latest book reviews for Christian parents:

Christian Book Reviews for Teens

  • The Newton Chronicles
    The Newton Chronicles: Soldiers, Crystals and Temples intrigued me, so I signed up for the tour. A few days after the book came, my 9yo said “I want to learn more about Isaac Newton!” So we started this book, to get a taste. We learned a few things, had a ton of laughs, and every … Read More
  • Skyworld: Best Christian Steampunk Books
    Today, we enter a whole new world. Some of the dangers are far too familiar. But some are very unique and creative. As much as I enjoyed being a guest to Skyworld, I’m not sure I would want to live there. I’ll admit that I didn’t know what ‘steampunk’ was until this book. But it’s … Read More
  • Liberty Lane’s Rebel-ution: An Epic Esther In Middle School
    Liberty Lane is a modern-day Esther, who’s about to take on the Royal Crown Singing Competition, peer pressure, a bully, and a few fears along the way. I have to admit this girl got to me. I’m proud of her, cheered her on, and questioned her timing a time or two. I think you’ll enjoy … Read More
  • 100+ Best Middle Grade Books Of All Time
    Today let’s talk about how to determine the best middle grade books of all time. (and yes, I plan on tackling a quality high school reading list soon, too) The Best Middle Grade Books of All Time I have been reading books for a long time. Some are awesome, and some are not. Today, I … Read More
  • How to Live Royal: Book of Esther Bible Study for Teen Girls
    We get to revisit the book of Esther today! Twice in one year, but totally different, too. Remember when I reviewed Hadassah: Queen Esther of Persia over the summer? I explained then that I had the unique privilege of doing both a sermon series at church And preview a book of Esther Bible study for … Read More

Christian Book Reviews off the Children’s Bookshelf

  • How to Build Your Kids Devotional Habit Right
    We all want the best for our kids, right? But sometimes that’s difficult. Since we know more is caught than taught, then figuring out how to build your kids devotional habit right, like most things, relies on your own personal devotional habit. and yet, we struggle with that too sometimes. God looks at the heart, … Read More
  • Telling the Christmas Story This Year? 42+ Top Tools
    Well, I only had my basket of books for telling the Christmas story for kids out for 3 days, and I had already been “scolded” for not having a post up about my favorite Christian Christmas stories for kids. So I am putting together a list to help you with telling the Christmas story for … Read More
  • 40+ Awesome Christian Children’s Books Not to Miss
    Today we have a collection of awesome Christian books for children, that will make storytime that much more meaningful. Growing the faith of a child in your care is such a privilege. I truly hope you are considering the eternity of the kids around you, and spending time nurturing and growing that faith, one Christian … Read More
  • Why Hermie and Friends Are Actually Great Family Shows
    Hermie and Friends by Max Lucado is a cute children’s series of books and shows that make the truths of the Bible practical and accessible for kids of all ages. The way Hermie and friends characters interact and learn the necessary lessons can bring home the point to kids and parents/grandparents at the same time. … Read More
  • Fuel The Imagination Of A Child: 43+ Best Bookish Gifts
    Kids who love to read get to experience some of the most amazing adventures. From exploring time and space to character traits and emotions, bookworm kids have a head start in life. As parents, you want to do everything you can to help, from reading to your child to supplying them with a variety of … Read More

Who Is Aryn the Libraryan?

Well, I’ve been in love with Jesus and books since before I can remember!

As a kid, the best form of discipline was always taking away my books. And you know what? I’m still addicted to reading. I’m very grateful for parents who saw that I was going to need to learn to control that desire for books, and see to my responsibilities!

God has used that love of reading to teach me much, as He teaches me what is and is not acceptable, what is, and is not present in my life, based on these (most often) fictional stories. He uses them as a mirror; sometimes I like what I see, other times I don’t. I’d really like to share these with you, too! We can apply truth together!

I started this Christian book review blog in 2017 in part because some friends were expressing their concerns about the dangers of Biblical fiction, and getting confused between the Biblical account and the made-up stories. In my experience, reading Biblical fiction, when it’s well written, and you read the Biblical account first, and again afterward, your understanding grows. You see the characters as real people even more clearly. I find it especially fun to read multiple authors take on a single character. 

One way to help keep things straight, and learn from what we’re reading, is to turn books into a conversation with God. Here is my free Faith and Fiction devotional reading journal for you!

Choosing Good Christian Books

I’m very picky about what I read. Finding books that are well-written, fun, point to Jesus in some way, and are affordable is tough sometimes. 

I’m willing to be challenged and grow in many ways, but I have a very low tolerance for inappropriate content. If I would be ashamed to read it out loud to Jesus, or my elementary-age son, I probably shouldn’t be reading it. 

That’s not to say I don’t read things my boy isn’t ready for, because I most definitely do. I don’t think he would be up for the action/suspense of Coat of the Ancients in my post on Christian Fatherhood, or any number of adult situations in my favorite romantic fiction or Christian time travel or fantasy books. But, I wouldn’t be embarrassed or upset if I catch him reading them over the next few years. Why? Because the language is clean, and any situations that are sinful and evil are not glorified. And ooh the conversation starters!

That said, you can expect only well-screened books to be recommended here! If I recommend a few clean books that aren’t overtly Christian, it would be because I found enough value in them, and places that show Biblical values lived out.

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How YOU Can Help Pick the Next Christian Book Review

If you would take a minute to fill out this super quick survey, it would help so much with choosing what books to review here! After all, it doesn’t help anyone if I am not picking books you would actually be interested in!!

Thank you, Aryn the Libraryan!!

Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!