Time to talk about some top Christian books, specifically Christian fiction books, but before we dive into the Christian novels book list, we should probably discuss what makes Christian novels worth reading.
Because there are tons of well-written books out there, and even more that are not so well done. But to niche down specifically to CF, there has to be a good reason. What is the incentive to read Christian books over the latest bestseller in the general market?
And for the record, I put a number in the headline, but there are way more than 21 books in this post. If you follow the genre links towards the middle, you’ll find 100s of the best Christian fiction books to read, for people of all ages!
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What Makes the Best Christian Fiction Books?
We’ve already talked about the pros and cons of Christian romance books, so we’ll just talk about general Christian novels today.
There are a few things to pay attention to when picking out good Christian fiction books. Just because they make the Best Selling Christian Fiction Books lists, doesn’t necessarily mean they are good. Certain things that make them different from mainstream fiction, or even from “Clean” books (which are wonderful places to visit, too).
Yes, we look for clean books, free of explicit content, and not promoting harmful or evil things. But what sets good Christian books apart is that they unfailingly point to Jesus in some way.
Sharing the Gospel Through Christian Fiction Novels
Good Christian fiction novels share the Gospel. The Good news that Jesus is real, and has a real compassion and involvement in our daily lives. Top rated Christian fiction books have the ability to do that without coming across as preachy. The truth is woven in to the story without beating anyone over the head with it.
Life Lessons of Character In Fictional Christian Books
There are so many life lessons of character, and we can get practice for our own lives by experiencing character building situations alongside the people in fictional Christian books. Whether it’s marriage, parenting, work decisions, friendship issues, dealing with government, or parents, or neighbors, or… great christian fiction books take you on a journey through so many decisions and choices and consequences. Then, when we face them in real life, maybe we’ve picked up how to (or NOT to) handle them a little better!
The Best Christian Fiction Books Point to Jesus
The best Christian fiction books point to Jesus every time. Not “follow your heart” “one day my prince will come” or even “get over it and get back in there.” No. Good Christian fiction books will always show the way Jesus can and will help you through the worst and the best circumstances. Trusting Jesus to get you through.
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The Best Christian Fiction Books To Add to Your TBR List Today
Now that you know what to look for in the best Christian fiction books to read, something worth putting on your TBR list, and actually reading, let’s get to the good stuff. The book recommendations!
Best Christian Fiction Books by Category
If you’re not concerned about year, these genre-specific posts are loaded with great Christian books.
- Biblical Fiction Authors
- Christian Fiction Authors
- Christian Romance Stories
- Christian Time Travel Books
- Christian Allegory Books
- Christian Fantasy Books
- Middle Grade Books
- Children’s Books that Inspire Faith
- Christian Historical Fiction Books
- Christian Mystery Books
- Christian War Novels*
*Denotes post coming soon. (I’m working on it as fast as I can!) Any Topic Requests???
If the idea of brand new Top Christian Fiction books mailed right to your doorway appeals to you, you might be interested in the Truly Yours Book Box! Including romance, mystery, suspense, and Amish fiction, you never know what you might get! Maybe sign up with a friend, and have a Christian book of the month club between you!
Top Christian Fiction Books 2019
Top Christian fiction books 2019 would have to include Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette. This Biblical historical fiction account of the goings on in and around one of the Cities of Refuge in the time between Joshua and Judges is AMAZING!
Another unforgettable Christian novel from 2019 is The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin. It’s part of a powerful WWII trilogy of 3 brothers whose relationship seems shattered beyond all hope. Or are they?
I thoroughly enjoyed Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof, you can see why here. It’s a story of forgiveness that is well done.
Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews was a unique and passionate take on the book of Daniel. Doesn’t cross any lines it shouldn’t, and makes you think hard about your own choices.
Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron is part of a fantastic Timeslip trilogy of Christian novels you DO NOT want to miss. Castles, Justice, Mysteries, and sweet romance!
Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks was full of suspense and drama, and a dog. in the desert. Does she have a prayer of surviving this?
Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens takes the story of Ruth and plants it firmly in Period England. It was unforgettable. You get so lost in the new story that something you should have expected catches you unprepared. Fun and challenging!
Aiming for Love by Mary Conneally is hilarious, sweet, and opens your eyes to looking at things fresh. It is a historical western, and while it has its serious moments, and unsolved riddles (book one in a trilogy), it makes you grateful for the ability to read your Bible!
The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport is about a genealogist, so there’s definitely a timeslip factor, fun mysteries to solve both in the present and the past, and with it being a father-daughter team, it’s not really a romance. When they rely on God, they get the job done. This is a series of good Christian fiction books you’re not going to want to miss!
Christmas on Breakers Point by Chautona Havig is the start of what looks to be an unforgettable series. Uncle Bud’s last request before his ‘expiration date’ arrives, is for his niece to help restore someone’s faith. A friend who’d gotten tangled up in “Why would God allow such evil” to the point she’d lost her way.
Top Christian Fiction Books 2020
The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin (final book in this WWII trilogy) is a beautiful picture of restoration. Her ability to tie everything together without making feel too neat and clean is awesome!
Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar is on my TBR, as I’ve long been fascinated by Prisilla and Aquilla, and Tessa Afshar is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors! I just picked up the Audible version, and can’t wait to dive in!
The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow by Kim Vogel Sawyer explores the backwoods mountains of the 1930s. An undeniably tough time in history, but a beautiful testimony of purposeful kindness. You can read my full review here.
Daughter of Cana by Angela Hunt is a unique and fun exploration of what it might have been like as the family of one of Jesus’ disciples. Or Jesus’ own brother. The concern, the doubts, the curiosity.
Star of Persia by Jill Eileen Smith was a fantastic telling of the story of Esther, that emphasized wisdom and compassion in beautiful ways.
Tempting Tait by Chautona Havig is a contemporary Good Samaritan story that becomes a marriage of Conviction (NOT Convenience). It’s a beautiful story, and one that will challenge your ‘getting involved’ muscles and ask you to put your actions where your faith is.
The Wilkester Mysteries by Barbara Cornthwaite are really good Christian novels, cozy mysteries that have you evaluating your thought life and insecurities. Brought to Book was wonderful, but book 2, Snuffed Out, was even better!
Here’s what I’m reading in 2021
Top Christian Novels Free Printable
If you want a handy printable list of top 10 Christian fiction books in several genres, (Biblical, Historical, Contemporary and Fantasy) I’ve got you covered! Plus you’ll get access to other great Christian Bookish Printables!
Best Selling Christian Fiction Books
According to the Amazon’s Best selling Christian Fiction Books list, here are a few highlighted Christian novels that are among the top choices as of the publication of this post:
The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis, which is a series of letters between demons, filled with coaching strategies on how to cause the most damage among the humans. This one will probably always make the best selling Christian fiction lists!
The Circle Series by Ted Dekker, a 4 in 1 collection. This series of Christian novels has been highly recommended to me, and I’m looking forward to diving in.
Hazardous Duty by Christy Barritt is another cozy mystery, about a college student turned crime scene cleaner who uncovers evidence the police missed… it’s a lot of fun, with a budding faith. To date, there are 16 Squeaky Clean Mysteries in this series.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, an American west historical novel based on the book of Hosea. If you don’t cry while reading it, and examine your heart, I’d be surprised! Thankfully, you’ll also laugh a lot while reading this, as with any of Francine Rivers’ Christian novels.
I have to say I like the best selling Christian fiction book list on Amazon, and check it out too often, both the top 100 free and paid! It’s a wonderfully dangerous tool for Christian bookworms!
Best Christian Fiction Books for Teens
If you’re looking for the best Christian fiction books for teens, here are a few I would suggest.
Lisa T Bergen’s River of Time series, both the one in Italy and the one in California. These are great Christian novels for girls who dream of adventure, but you’re not sure how they’d handle it if they actually found it.
No Space Like Home by Dell Tunnicliff is a fun Wizard of Oz allegory set in space. It’s remarkable how much fun I had with these young people! And my faith and compassion grew, too!
Dragons in Our Midst by Bryan Davis is a series of Christian fiction books for teens (and adults) who love a little bit of fantasy mixed with real adventure and spiritual warfare unmasked. Bryan Davis has a couple of other series of Christian novels they’d probably love too!
Susan Muira’s Healer is a contemporary story of a 17 year old girl who has to learn to trust God’s will, his timing, and his wisdom as she discovers an incredible gift. Learning to hold to the truth is a powerful skill for us all!
The Best Christian Fiction Authors to Put on your Must Read List
When building your library of Christian fiction books, these are the best Christian fiction authors to keep an eye out for.
Christian fiction authors like Tessa Afshar, Mesu Andrews, Connilyn Cossette, and Jill Eileen Smith will captivate and encourage you while opening the scriptures for you to experience firsthand in their Biblical fiction accounts.
Christian Novels of the Suspense genre, if they’re written by Joel Rosenberg, Jerry B. Jenkins, Terri Blackstock, Alana Terry, Carrie Stuart Parks, Robin Caroll, and Ginny Ytrupp are fantastic. Intense, but not overwhelming.
And then of course, there are the classic Christian authors like CS Lewis, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Charles M Sheldon. They may have been around a long time, but their Christian fiction books are still powerful, meaningful, and relatable today.
These talented Christian fiction writers know how to hook you, and point you to Jesus every step of the way.
Best Places to Find Affordable Christian Novels
- Answers In Genesis
- BibleStore (Much More Than Bibles)
What Are Your Favorite Christian Novels?
What are your favorite Christian novels? Did you find a new favorite here? I’d love to hear about it! Please comment, and help us grow this list! (and my TBR mountain!)
Christian novels have a tendency to lift my mood, carry me away for a bit of a break from reality, while preparing me to handle reality with a little more grace and compassion than I might have otherwise.
What are would you say makes the best Christian fiction books? Which Christian fiction authors are your favorites? And, just because it happens to be on a Best selling Christian fiction list, does that automatically mean it’s worth reading?
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!