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Christian Fiction

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"Overarching theme or reading interest that encompasses many genres"

Rules :
1. Accept the infallible authority of the Bible
2. Addresses life’s dilemmas through faith in Jesus
3. Believing that Jesus is divine, died, and rose again for the sins of humankind and will return again.
4. No profanity, sex, or extraneous violence
5. Characters do not have to be Christian in the beginning, but will be by the end.

Christian Fiction
Publishers, blogs, magazines and other online resources to find the hottest new Christian Fiction out there!
Genre Reflecting
Suzi Stephenson
Amber Fick

Christian Fiction

Christian Romance
Christian Young
Adult Fiction

Urban Christian
Final Thoughts

Christian Thriller/Suspense/Horror/Mystery
By Winterface (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
: Mostly follows the rules and maintains Christian themes. Often issue driven and serious.
: Strictly follows the rules, must end happily. Look for specific publishers.
: Not always Christian spiritual which some readers may find offensive.
: Secular, but uplifting.
History of Christian Fiction
Through 1950's--was the norm. Didn't require its own genre category.
Popular authors like C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien revolutionizing literature in general.
1960's--literature began to celebrate drugs, homosexuality, and meaninglessness of life.
1979: Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
1986: This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti--Introduced spiritual warfare and brought about the Christian thriller/mystery/suspense sub-genre
1990's: Jan Karon began writing gentle, literary, universal books.
Late 1990's: Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
The Christy Awards:
Is presented to fiction books
published within the last year
that are written with a Christian
worldview. There are a number
of categories that can be
changed on a year-to-year basis to fit the books that are submitted. Usually this includes an overall winner, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, various forms of romance, first novel, visionary, and suspense. Sometimes they also have a category for fantasy, science fiction, or young adult, but not every year. It was established in 1999 and is named in honor of Catherine Marshall’s best known novel Christy.
ECPA Christian Book Award:

Since 1978 the Evangelical
Christian Publishers
Association has recognized
quality and encouraged
excellence by presenting the
ECPA Christian Book Award® (formerly known as
Gold Medallion) each year. The Christian Book Award® program recognizes the highest quality in Christian books and is among the oldest and most prestigious awards program in the religious publishing industry. Five finalists are selected in seven categories: Bibles, Fiction,Children, Inspiration, Bible Reference, Non-Fiction and New Author
INSPY: Bloggers Award for
Excellence in Faith Driven
Recognizing the need for a new
kind of book award, the INSPYs
were created by bloggers to
discover and highlight the very
best in literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith.

RITA Awards
which has a category for Inspirational Fiction that honors novels with spiritual beliefs.
Awards given in Christian fiction has to center around some kind of Christian Theme (Usually Evangelical)
Christian Fiction Publishers:

WaterBrook Multnomah

Tyndale House Publishers


Thomas Nelson Publishing

Crossway Books

Harvest House Publishing
Kylie Gwyn Blog (Christian Book Reviewer)

Family Fiction.com by Karen Kingsbury

Christian Book Finds Blog: christianfictionebooks.blogspot.com/

Soul Inspirationz Blog

Other Useful Online Resources:


Association of Christian Libraries

ACFW American Christian Fiction Writers

Library Event for a Christian Fiction literature is a little tricky due to the fact that supporting certain faiths in public places is not the best way to promote a public space such as a library. Yet if there happens to be one it could looks something like this!

Read Your Christian Fiction (Karen Kingsbury by chance?)
Gather, Eat, Chat about the book (because eating and talking about books is the epitome of happiness)
Go out with your book group and do some volunteer service job that ties in with the book (Soup kitchen/Human Society/Cleaning the streets)
Catholic Fiction
Biblical Christian
Christian Life
Amish, Mennonite, Quaker Fiction
Mormon Ficton
Basically a teen's personal relationship with God in several different kinds of scenarios. This also crosses several genres such as fantasy, historical, contemporary, and romance.
Takes a story from the Bible and fictionalizes it.
Most authors are concerned with the scholarship, so accounts are fairly accurate.
Similar to Historical fiction, but specifically Biblical
For example: Iscariot by Tosca Moon Lee
Other authors:
Lynn Austin--Chronicles of the Kings
Scott Orson Card--Women of Genesis
Francine Rivers--Lineage of Grace

Contains Christian themes but does not easily fit into one of the genres.
Could have been published as mainstream fiction.
For example: Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish
Other authors:
Karen Kingsbury
Tracie Peterson
Jonathan Friesen

C.S. Lewis is still by far the most widely popular writer in this genre. Nevertheless this genre is broad, including high fantasy, urban fantasy, end-days, thriller, supernatural, etc. Yet what these books have in common is there are all Christ centered and usually deals with spiritual warfare, or ones personal struggle with faith.
Usually dealing with Spiritual Warfare but not always, sometimes its the character embracing/converting to Christianity, usually by painful means. Can go between supernatural to detective/crime thriller.

Written with Catholic ideals in mind.
Seems to be few titles published post-2000
Seems to fit in every category, but not as heavily in romance
Many detective series:
Veronica Black: Sister Joan Series
Margaret Coel: Father John O'Malley Series
Margaret Frazer: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries
Deals with issues specific to the Mormon faith
Also falls under different genres
Popular authors
Orson Scott Card (!)
Brandon Mull: Fablehaven series
Stephanie Meyer: Twilight Series
Typically romances
Mostly written by people in the culture
Dissuades misconceptions about culture, building up their attachment to the land, animals, pacifism, and the family.
Popular authors
Beverly Lewis (Not Amish herself)
Wanda E. Brunstetter
Mindy Starns Clark

Comes in many flavors
"Unequally Yoked"
2 Corinthians 6:14 "must not be yoked together with non-believers"
No premarital sex between main couple
For example: Burning Sky by Lori Benton
For example: The Chance by Karen Kingsbury
Other authors:
Francine Rivers
Lori Wick
Melody Carlson
Janette Oke
This list could be almost endless

Deals with issues specific to the Mormon faith
Also falls under different genres
Popular authors
Orson Scott Card (!)
Brandon Mull: Fablehaven series
Stephanie Meyer: Twilight Series
“The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.”―
- C.S. Lewis

Contemporary Christian Literature in general is not seen as very "Literary", But usually mediocre.

Very strong female base (especially in the blogging world) where are the men?

Such a large genre, has publishing houses dedicated to only Christian fiction.
Christian fiction written by and about African Americans.
"Emotional, vivid and conflicting stories that mixes God, faith and the urban church."
Including Are You There, God? by Theresa A. Campbell
Popular Authors:
Vanessa Davis Griggs
Kendra Norman-Bellamy
E. N. Joy
WaterBrook Multnomah. (n.d.). WaterBrook Multnomah RSS. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://waterbrookmultnomah.comWaterBrook Multnomah
Tyndale House Publishers (n.d.).Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://www.tyndale.com/
Zondervan(n.d.).Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://www.zondervan.com
Thomas Nelson Publishing (n.d.).Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://www.thomasnelson.com/
Crossway Books Welcome | Crossway. (n.d.). Welcome | Crossway. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://www.crossway.org/
Harvest House Publishers. (n.d.). Harvest House Publishers. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://harvesthousepublishers.com/
ChristianBooks.com.(n.d.).Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://www.christianbook.com/
Christian Fiction Reviewers. (n.d.). Keli Gwyn. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://keligwyn.com/library/christian-fiction-reviewers/
Your Christian Fiction Information Source. (n.d.). Christian Fiction Books, Novels, Movies, Authors, News. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://www.familyfiction.com/
Association of Christian Libraries. Welcome. (n.d.). - Association of Christian Librarians. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://www.acl.org/
Christian Book Finds. (n.d.). Christian Book Finds. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://christianfictionebooks.blogspot.com/
ACFW American Christian Fiction Writers. ACFW Blog | The Voice of Christian Fiction. (n.d.). ACFW Blog. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://www.acfw.com/blog/
Soul Inspirationz. Blog. (n.d.). Soul Inspirationz. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from http://www.christianfictionsite.com/blog#.U9xcbo1dVy8
Black Expressions. (2014.) Christian Fiction. Retrieved August 3, 2014 from: http://www.blackexpressions.com/browse-books/christian-fiction.html
Rose, C. (2010). What is Urban Christian fiction and who are some of the authors that write it. Retrieved August 3, 2014 from: http://www.examiner.com/article/what-is-urban-christian-fiction-and-who-are-some-of-the-authors-that-write-it
Goodreads. (n.d.). Goodreads. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from https://www.goodreads.com/
Christian Historical
Like regular historical fiction, but with strong Christian overtones.
Many genre-blend with romance.
Many follow women's stories.
Burning Sky would probably fall in this category.
Other authors:
Lynn Austin
Tracie Peterson
Susan Meissner
This list could also be endless.
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