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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Inspirational Fiction
Historical fiction, thrillers, and contemporary relationship stories dominate this year’s top 10 list of inspirational fiction. All titles were reviewed in Booklist between November 15, 2010, and November 1, 2011. —Ilene Cooper
Bathsheba. By Jill Eileen Smith. 2011. Revell, paper, $14.99 (9780800733223).
Smith puts a refreshingly different spin on this familiar tale of biblical adultery, delving into the motivations and feelings behind Bathsheba’s and David’s actions within the context of the customs and religious expectations of the times.
Belonging. By Robin Lee Hatcher. 2011. Zondervan, paper, $14.99 (9780310258087).
The first volume in Hatcher’s Where the Heart Lives series delivers appealing historical romance with an underpinning of faith. Felicia Kristofferson is a schoolteacher newly arrived in the wilds of Idaho and trying to deal with her pupils and her growing attraction to her landlord.
The Brotherhood. By Jerry B. Jenkins. 2011. Tyndale, $24.99 (9781414309071).
A marquee name in inspirational fiction, Jenkins offers a gripping thriller with a strong but skillfully delivered spiritual message about a Chicago cop who learns to deal with a life-altering tragedy.
The Damascus Way. By Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. 2011. Bethany, $19.99 (9780764205583).
The Acts of Faith trilogy ends on a high note: killer sandstorms, zealous vigilantes, and an underground religion, Christianity. All this and the love story of Julia and Jacob, both secret messengers between scattered believers. Exciting reading.
Deadly Pursuit. By Irene Hannon. 2011. Revell, paper, $14.99 (9780800734572).
The second volume in award-winning Hannon’s Guardians of Justice series, this time featuring St. Louis policeman Mitch Morgan, delivers compelling characters and an emotionally engaging plot powered by plenty of nail-biting suspense.
The Priest’s Graveyard. By Ted Dekker. 2011. Center Street, $24.99 (9781599953342).
At the center of Dekker’s new thriller are two forceful characters: a priest who doles out justice to unpunished wrongdoers and a woman intent on avenging the murder of the man she loved. Daring and completely riveting.
Softly and Tenderly. By Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck. 2011. Thomas Nelson, $19.99 (9781595544902).
The second installment of popular country singer Evans and talented Christian fiction author Hauck’s Jade Benson series. Hang on for an emotional ride as a woman who “married into a southern soap opera” learns to forgive and trust again.
The Touch. By Randall Wallace. 2011. Tyndale, paper, $14.99 (9781414343662).
After a terrible tragedy, gifted surgeon Andrew Jones, who some think has been given the healing touch by God, lays down his scalpel, refusing to operate again. Wallace’s tale of one man’s pain and eventual redemption carries a powerful emotional pull.
The Triumph of Grace. By Kay Marshall Strom. 2011. Abingdon, paper, $13.99 (9781426702136).
Strom closes the Grace in Africa trilogy with a moving depiction of the sorrows of slavery in the Americas. Fans of inspirational historical fiction will appreciate the authenticity she weaves into her tales of courageous faith and determination.
Wonderland Creek. By Lynn Austin. 2011. Bethany, paper, $14.99 (9780764209192).
Austin’s historical novel stars a young librarian who becomes involved in the life of a close-knit Appalachian community in 1936. A moving coming-of-age tale about family and the challenge of living a godly life in an ungodly world.
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