Fantasy, by definition, is imagining something impossible, or improbable.
Christians, by definition, are followers, disciples, of Jesus Christ. A very real, possible and amazing Savior.
At first glance, these two don’t really have much in common, do they? But we’re here discussing the intersection of these two topics anyway.
So what are Christian Fantasy Books, and why should you read them?
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Why Read Christian Fantasy Books?
So what are Christian fantasy books, and why on earth would a disciple of Jesus spend time reading them? Very good questions.
The ability of good Christian fantasy authors to draw imaginary impossibilities that beautifully reflect Biblical truths is fantastic. They can take one or two convictions in the Bible, and weave a story set in an “impossible” magical or futuristic world.
That setting and the very improbable nature of the story brings the Gospel to life in fresh and relatable ways.
Just like in 2 Samuel 12, when Nathan told King David the story about the rich man taking the poor man’s lamb, truth connects with our hearts through story.
*Still concerned? See what Focus on the Family has to say about Christian fantasy fiction.
I’ve read many Christian fantasy novels in my life, and each one has drawn me closer to God.
Biblical Allusions in Christian Fantasy Novels
There are 3 main Biblical Allusions to keep watch for when you’re reading Christian fiction of any variety, but especially in the worlds of Christian Fantasy Novels.
- Parallels of God: Father, Creator, etc.
- Allusions to Jesus Christ: Sacrifice, Resurrection, Compassion…
- Miracles and Parables from Genesis to Revelation
The number of Christian allegories successfully woven into Christian fantasy novels is amazing!
The Best Christian Fantasy Authors
Good Christian fantasy authors can create a world, or a future, where the battle between good and evil becomes tangible, clear, and inspiring.
Really good Christian fantasy authors pull you into their world, and leave you begging for more.
But the best Christian fantasy authors also leave you better equipped to face the challenges of living out your faith in the real world.
I’m talking about Christian fantasy books written by authors like C.S. Lewis, L. Nicodemus Lyons, Bryan Davis, and Priscilla Shirer, to name a few of my favorites.
17 Best Christian Fantasy Books to Read
There are 2 main categories of Christian Fantasy books. Those set in a whole new world, and those that operate within the confines of the known world here on earth.
6 New Worlds of Christian Fantasy Book Recommendations
Sometimes a Christian Fantasy Book or series is set on a whole other world, an invented fantasy world of the imagination. The characters might start out on earth, or it may be completely separate.
Some of the best Christian Fantasy fiction of this category include:
C.S. Lewis has a Space Trilogy for adults you might not be aware of. A man named Ransom makes a trip to Venus, and one to Mars, and sees the Creation/Fall story in different ways. One is still Paradise, and his job is to thwart the serpent (not a literal serpent this time). The other is enduring life after the fall, with a slightly different story of the Savior, but the same wonderful Biblical truth throughout these Christian Fantasy books.
The Sword of Lyric by Sharon Hinck: Soccer Mom Susan goes into her attic, and finds herself swept away to a land crying out for its Deliverer. As these Christian fantasy novels progress, and you get the adventure of a lifetime, you can bet you’ll see some need for change in your own life. I know I did!
The Staff and the Sword Trilogy by Patrick Carr: This one’s got a bit of a catholic ‘church’ feel to it, but it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s hard, and challenging, and unbelievable. Errol is an unlikely hero, but the journeys he takes are both physically challenging, and full of spiritual growth!
Legends of the Guardian-King Series by Karen Hancock: These Christian fantasy books are unique and powerful. For the first third, or half of the first book, you’re not sure who are the bad guys, and who are the good guys. Kind of like now, with some things that appear to be good on the surface, but aren’t, really. This epic adventure is one you don’t want to miss, for sure!
The Milana Legends by Anna Travis: I’ve shared reviews of her first 3 books here, but the basics are a US youth mission trip to Africa ends up on another planet, with a mission of an entirely different sort. “The Breather” (you know, the One who Breathed into them the Breath of Life?) has an assignment for them that will change the world!
L. Nicodemus Lyons’ world is amazing. Her Christian fantasy books are in a somewhat medieval setting, technology-wise, but definitely not earthbound. First the Alliance series, then Allegiance. This is one of my ‘auto-buys’ and I’ve been known to go back to the beginning and read the whole series when a new book releases. In fact, I’m about to do that again.
3 Christian Fantasy Fiction Series Set Here On Earth
The other category of Christian Fantasy Fiction is set here, on earth. This could be Christian Time Travel books that take you back to Bible times, or forward into a future where you’re the only Christian (or one of the very few). Or maybe, you’ll end up in a parallel universe in medieval Wales, just in time to save the life of the Last Prince of Wales, and create a just world, protecting the Jews, and educating women and…
Or maybe, we can meet the Dragons in our Midst, descendants of the Dragons who were on the Ark, then transformed into humans by Merlin. The sky’s the limit with Christian fantasy fiction, and finding out if the good dragons in the Bible could possibly still be around and inspiring us to be more faithful is a question worth pursuing!
Then, there’s the Chiveis Trilogy by M. Bryan Liftin: It’s been a few years since I read these Christian fantasy books. I knew they were set in a post-apocalyptic future, but I’d forgotten that there was a deadly virus before the nuclear war that wiped out technology. It’s barely mentioned because it was so long ago, and the real action is all in Teo and Ana’s discovery of an ancient book. Attempts to translate it bring about a LOT of drama and attack, because, guess what? It’s a Bible. Something that hadn’t survived. Except for a copy in the hands some really nasty people bent on keeping it quiet.
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8 Series of Christian Fantasy Novels for Tweens
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Starts out in England, but most of your time is spent in and around Narnia, where animals can talk, Unicorns and Centaurs really exist, and Aslan teaches the meaning of courage, and love, and sacrifice. These Christian fantasy novels are classic, and timeless!
- If you’re already a Narnia fan, here are some really cool bookish merchandise and bookworm games that follow a Narnian theme!
The Prince Warriors by Prisilla Shirer: Journeying between here, and “There” these kids have some awesome adventures. This one specifically challenges tweens and teens (and any parents who’ll listen) with the reality of spiritual warfare, and the need to be well armed with prayer and Bible knowledge (the Word of truth), and a real relationship with God.
The Dragon Keepers Chronicles by Donita K Paul: Christian Fantasy Fiction that weaves in dragons, and mystery, and faith, and does it well, is a win in my book. The Dragon Keepers and the whole world of Amara definitely qualifies as a win.
The Seven Sleepers Series by Gilbert Morris: This is another post-apocolypse Christian fantasy book series. A group of teens are put in cryo-stasis, and when they wake up, all is different.
Goel (the Bible term for Redeemer) sends these kids on several missions to reach the lost, and otherwise serve him. I have had this hard-copy series since I was a kid, and am looking forward to reading them with my oldest soon. And I just discovered the Lost Chronicles which has even more adventures!
Here’s another series to check out If you want some Christian fantasy novels that will help tweens and teens know what makes a true friend!
The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson: I haven’t gotten to read this series yet, but it comes highly recommended by several people I know, and is currently ranked #18 in the teen and young adult Christian fantasy books category on Amazon, and that takes work!
The Peleg Chronicles by Matthew Christian Harding: Part Biblical fiction, and solid Christian Fantasy books for middle schoolers, these are so much fun. Peleg was a descendent of Noah, not too long after the flood. I got book one for free back in 2013, and it’s free today as I’m writing this, so there’s a reasonable chance you’ll find it free for you too. I really think you’ll enjoy it!
The Wormling Series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry: It’s a weird series title, for sure, but this Christian fantasy book series takes an average kid, a bookworm, and transports him to another place, where reading is his superpower. I’ve only read book 1, but these two are excellent Christian fantasy authors, and kids 10-14 (and up) will enjoy this series!
The Green Ember Series by S.D. Smith: I’m just starting the first Christian fantasy book in this series, but I can tell it’s going to be great! Talking rabbits, good vs. evil, and an epic feel that should carry through all 4 Christian fantasy books in the series nicely.
What Are Your Favorite Christian Fantasy Books?
As you can see, I’m fond of Christian fantasy books. Do you have any favorite Christian fantasy books to share, or is this a brand new genre for you?
I think Christian fantasy authors have a special gift from God to be able to share such amazing stories with the world. The power of Christian fantasy books to inspire us to greater acts of faith in our daily life is amazing to me!
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!