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Old 4th November 2010, 11:14 AM
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Good Contemporary Christian Fiction

I have a difficult time relating to the traditional "Christian" book, it seems. I've recently returned to the Christian faith (I'm 23), and am looking for books that are Christian, but deal with the issues I deal with. I'm looking for Christian general fiction (aka not supernatural thrillers, or romance, or historical) that doesn't sugarcoat, but deals with real life issues. The only thing I've found that was even close was Anne Lamott's writing (even though I disagree with her theologically & even morally, I can appreciate her writing and her Christianity).


Any ideas? I'm also worried that maybe I haven't given those "traditional" Christian writers (think Francine Rivers, Melody Carlson, Ted Dekker, Frank Perretti, etc.) a fair shake, so if you have suggestions that seem to fit what I'm looking for from them, don't be afraid to suggest. It's just they seem to have written so many books, it's hard to find one that fits me!
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I'm afraid I don't read much Christian fiction that isn't romance or historical! I'd recommend Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers...though it's historical, it's one of the better ones out there. I find a lot of the contemporary (and even historical) Christian ficiton lacks depth.

What exactly do you mean by 'general' and 'traditional' when talking about Christian fiction?
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I personally have been reading a lot of Ted Dekker, so you might want to give him a chance as you say, but I suppose taste in literature is as personal as taste in humor...
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I juust finished a series you might like: Karen Hancock's Eidon series
I can't post links, so Google it

I loved it. (I read SF, fantasy, history, cereal boxes, etc)
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I would recommend my novel The Last Soul. It is the first book in a trilogy I'm writing and I am trying to spread the word out that I've arrived! :-) I grew up reading Tolkien, Terry Brooks, etc, so a lot of this storyline, and the ones I'm working on, will be very fast paced, spiritual, action-laced, with even a sprinkle of romance thrown in. I've tried not to sugar coat anything in this book, believe me. Please take a moment and browse my website thelastsoulbook.com. (I can't post links yet) If you want anymore info, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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What exactly do you mean by 'general' and 'traditional' when talking about Christian fiction?
Well, sometimes Christian fiction only seems comfortable tackling certain subjects, and always seem to come together like a puzzle where everybody is happy fitting into their perfect place, and heartbreak and grief, but we love Jesus and so everything is hunk-dory! I want angst! I want struggle! I want nitty-gritty realism and somebody who is not afraid to admit that their character might sin in a dark and human way beyond gossip and jealously or yearning after that delicious hardworking godfearing man! I have read Redeeming Love, and it just didn't click so much for me for some reason. :/ It wasn't bad, I enjoyed it but -- historical fiction just isn't my thing.

I will try to check out those suggestions, though! Thanks guys!
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Well, sometimes Christian fiction only seems comfortable tackling certain subjects, and always seem to come together like a puzzle where everybody is happy fitting into their perfect place, and heartbreak and grief, but we love Jesus and so everything is hunk-dory! I want angst! I want struggle! I want nitty-gritty realism and somebody who is not afraid to admit that their character might sin in a dark and human way beyond gossip and jealously or yearning after that delicious hardworking godfearing man! I have read Redeeming Love, and it just didn't click so much for me for some reason. :/ It wasn't bad, I enjoyed it but -- historical fiction just isn't my thing.

I will try to check out those suggestions, though! Thanks guys!
Right. Being a history major, I don't enjoy contemporary fiction! Iif you didn't like Redeeming Love then there isn't much Christian ficiton you will like. It's mostly geared toward clean, happy-ending, characters with no faults more than biting their fingernails market. And the yearning after that delicious hardworking godfearing man....is usually written in a very tacky way!
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Well, sometimes Christian fiction only seems comfortable tackling certain subjects, and always seem to come together like a puzzle where everybody is happy fitting into their perfect place, and heartbreak and grief, but we love Jesus and so everything is hunk-dory! I want angst! I want struggle! I want nitty-gritty realism and somebody who is not afraid to admit that their character might sin in a dark and human way beyond gossip and jealously or yearning after that delicious hardworking godfearing man! I have read Redeeming Love, and it just didn't click so much for me for some reason. :/ It wasn't bad, I enjoyed it but -- historical fiction just isn't my thing.

I will try to check out those suggestions, though! Thanks guys!
On one point I thnk the Harry Dresden series by Butcher is giving what you are looking for.

I am NOT reccomending it for you. It is not primarily Christian. It is traditional fairie in an urban setting. But when a Christian character does finally occur things are not all sweetness and light. He has family problems, he has feet of clay in his own way. Oh and because it is not primarily Christian it mean the Christian character has to deal with other decent people who are very much not Christian.

Again I am not reccomending it, it is a long series and the Cristian Character does not chso up until several books in. I mainly pointing things out that I think mayhelp clarify some of the things you are looking for.
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Thanks. I guess it's just frustrating as somebody who didn't necessarily come from a Christian lifestyle to read these books that really don't feel like much that I've experienced.

I don't really enjoy romance as a genre (don't mind it as an element of the plot) or historical fiction, and I really feel like those are almost the only options. I can go for supernatural/mystery/fantasy occasionally. I do like memoirs. I guess currently I'm just in the mood for something I can relate to. :/ Thanks for the suggestions though!
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Gatekeepers by Kobina Fynn is not just fiction. It's an exploration about the Second Coming. Very controversial at times, but leaves you with much food for thought. You may take a look.
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