Inspirational Fiction

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What is Inspirational Fiction?

Inspirational fiction includes both Christian fiction and stories with characters and themes that focus on faiths other than Christianity.

They are often "gentle reads" in that they usually don't contain strong language, excessive violence or sexuality, or profanity, but can cover a wide range from gentle reads to apocalyptic tales of cosmic good struggling with cosmic evil.

Values are a strong component of inspirational fiction, and stories are often upbeat and positive. Bodie & Brock Thoene, Jan Karon, and Gilbert & Lynn Morris are typical of the genre.

Recent expansion of titles available has led to subgenres: general or mainstream, biblical and allegorical, fantasy/science fiction, historical, mystery, suspense, romance, and westerns.

Award Winners

Christy Awards
"The Christy Award, named in honor of Catherine Marshall's novel and of her contribution to growth of the fiction Christians love to read!" Categories include Comtemporary, Fantasy, Futuristic, Historical, Romance, Supense, and First Novel.

Gold Medallion
"Gold Medallion Book Awards, established in 1978, recognize the absolute highest quality in Christian books. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and significance of contribution, the Gold Medallion Book Awards are among the most prestigious in the industry."

Films

ChristianCinema.com
"ChristianCinema.com brings Christian movie makers together to give exposure to their film projects." Locate hard to find titles such as Oke's Love Comes Softly Trilogy and LaHaye and Jenkins' Left Behind Collection.

Christy
Based on the Catherine Marshall series.

Narnia
Official site for the movie based on the C. S. Lewis novels.

Screen It!
Want to know just how appropriate a movie is for your child? Screen It! will tell you how much and which profanity was used; if the cast are role models; what weapons does a movie have, etc... A great resource for parents.

Thr3e.
Based on the novel by Ted Dekker.

Georgia Authors

Julie Cannon
An interview with the author by Joyce Dixon from Southern Scribe.

Sue Monk Kidd
Sign up for the Sue Monk Kidd e-newsletter.

Eugenia Price
"Typically, she immersed herself in the national power struggles that set the backdrop for her immensely popular historical novels, particularly the Civil War period, while keenly following our current political frontlines."

Patricia Sprinkle
Information about upcoming events and seminars. Ms. Sprinkle would love to hear your opinions about her "work in progress."

Athens Regional Library Systems' Staff Recommendations

General Fiction

  • Sweet land stories by E L Doctorow
  • Even now by Karen Kingsbury
  • The preacher's daughter by Beverly Lewis
  • Prairie Rose by Catherine Palmer
  • Celebrating Elie Wiesel : stories, essays, reflections by Elie Wiesel

Fantasy/Science Fiction Authors

  • Black by Ted Dekker
  • Soon: the beginning of the end, a novel by Jerry Jenkins
  • Glorious appearing: the end of days by Tim LaHaye
  • What dreams may come by Richard Matheson
  • Red planet rising by Andrew Seddon

Biblical & Allegorical Authors

  • Apostle Paul: a novel of the man who brought Christianity to the Western world by James Cannon
  • Daughter of the shining isles by Elizabeth Cunningham
  • Joshua in a troubled world by Joseph Girzone
  • Two from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes
  • Testament by Nino Ricci

Historical Fiction Authors

  • Dear enemy by Jack Cavanaugh
  • Loving Libby by Robin Lee Hatcher
  • Charles Towne by Angela Elwell Hunt
  • At home in Mitford by Jan Karon
  • A sweetness to the soul by Jane Kirkpatrick

Romance Authors

  • The Daughters of Joy by Deepak Chopra
  • True devotion by Dee Henderson
  • The mermaid chair by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The preacher's daughter by Beverly Lewis
  • Love comes softly by Janette Oke

Mystery/Suspense Authors

  • Red by Ted Dekker
  • Masquerade by B. J. Hoff
  • Heaven's song by Marilyn Kok
  • Tracks of deceit by Alan Morris
  • Death of a Dunwoody Matron by Patricia Sprinkle

Western Authors

  • Christy by Catherine Marshall
  • The Homeplace by Gilbert & Lynn Morris
  • The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers
  • In My Father's House by Bodie & Brock Thoene
  • Every little thing about you by Lori Wick

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