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

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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:

  • Blood Secrets: A SteamPunk Sequel
    Well, my suspicion of one particular character was way off base, but I was right about the most important thing: This book is AWESOME! You don’t want to miss book two: Blood Secrets by Morgan L. Busse!! The fact that the writing of the story had such an effect on the author is also pretty … Read More
  • Endangered Refuge
    Endangered Refuge kicks off with a peaceful scene rapidly shattered with drama. The supense and action keep you focused, and only mildly annoyed when the inevitable dumb decisions happen. The romance has just enough history to spring to life in the midst of the tension of the moment. The mission to save the tigers, and … Read More
  • Rebuilding Hearts
    Rebuilding Hearts is a fun story, with a “VERY part-time librarian” and a landscaper, both trying to find new footing amidst a number of changing life circumstances. I really enjoyed making friends with Bella and Tim, and I think you will too! And there’s another great Celebrate Lit Giveaway down below. You never know, you … Read More
  • 5 Keys to Praying in Public & Staying Panic Free
    Praying in public can be scary. Uncomfortable. High pressure… But as the Dragon Lady discovered, powerful and effective as a living witness both to you yourself and for those around you. Let’s see what we can learn together about public prayer, and then, maybe give it a try? 5 Keys to Praying In Public and … Read More
  • Contentment in the Bible and Life: God With Us
    Contentment. Satisfaction. At Peace. You keep hearing about Contentment in the Bible. About Contentment in life. You’re told to be content with what you have. But what exactly does that mean, and how do you get there? I read a book recently that really brought this concept front and center, and not because the characters … 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:

  • Eve’s Story: More Than Just The One Who Ate The Fruit
    Forever Loved, Eve’s Story is one book I won’t soon forget. I am a big fan of Biblical Fiction as you probably already know, and this one having a definite devotional feel to it makes it even better. Thank you, Celebrate Lit, for the opportunity to read this book. Helping me reframe my thoughts and understanding with fresh perspective. … Read More
  • Who’s the Best? Christian Book Marketing For Aspiring Writers
    So you’ve written a book, and maybe even gotten it published. What now? If you’re ready to dive into some Christian book marketing, then I highly recommend you take the time to connect with Sandy and her team over at Celebrate Lit Publicity Group. They are an awesome team to work with as a Christian … Read More
  • God to the Rescue: Saving the Man from the Legion
    God to the Rescue: Legion is an in-depth 6 week Bible study that packs quite a punch! You get a true grasp of the context, and see the beauty of God’s Rescue Plan in Action.
  • How to Study the Bible: Best Bible Study Tools
    If you haven’t already done it a few times, knowing how to study the Bible can be overwhelming.  But studying the Bible does not have to be a big deal. God paved the way for us and is looking forward to spending time with you. There is no reason to be intimidated.  Here are a … Read More
  • 161 Of the Best Missionary Stories for Christian Families
    Missionary stories, full of testimony of partnering with God, joining him right where he is already at work, are so cool! And the really good ones show the failures, flaws, and fears too. Just like the Bible does. It’s time to dive into some truly great missions stories, so we can learn and grow together. … 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

  • Blood Secrets: A SteamPunk Sequel
    Well, my suspicion of one particular character was way off base, but I was right about the most important thing: This book is AWESOME! You don’t want to miss book two: Blood Secrets by Morgan L. Busse!! The fact that the writing of the story had such an effect on the author is also pretty … 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 are timeless – the story isn’t so bogged down in some issue that would not apply 20 years … 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
  • 6 Queen Esther Characteristics We Should Be Practicing Now
    Which Queen Esther Characteristics are the most worthwhile and transformative? And How did Hadassah in the Bible become so captivating? Hadassah, Queen Esther of Persia. Who was she? Did she really exist? Was King Xerxes truly so in love with her that he was willing to find a way to save a whole people group? … Read More

Christian Book Reviews off the Children’s Bookshelf

  • 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
  • Telling the Christmas Story: 35+ Best Kids Books for Advent
    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 children’s Christmas stories. So I am putting together a list to help you with telling the Christmas story for kids … 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
  • Don’t Blame the Mud: Best Books About Salvation for Kids
    There’s nothing more important (or intimidating, it seems like) than trying to figure out how to explain salvation to a child. Where do you start? What do you say? And if you’ve heard how critical the 4-14 window is, the pressure is on! One thing about salvation for kids (or adults), if they don’t understand … 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!!