One of the things I love best about my job—teaching in a Christian high school—is sharing my love of stories with my students. I usually end up talking movies with the boys and books with the girls. I even keep a little library of Christian fiction books in a special place so my girls can borrow them easily.
These shelves are pretty popular. And what I especially appreciate about the authors represented here is that I can trust them with my girls. These Christian authors have penned stories that focus on characters coming to grips with their Savior. The wise guides in these stories share advice from a biblical world view.
So as my students satisfy their cravings for adventure, drama, and romance, they also receive great messages like—God delights to give second chances or that He helps us forgive when we find it impossible or (one of my favorites) that a woman’s true beauty is her inner character and the men worth loving value her for that.
Author Susan May Warren is an expert at presenting truth through what she calls the main character’s “Lie Journey.” When she writes, she focuses on the lie from Satan that her main character believes. As the story develops, God slowly disproves that lie and shows the hero or heroine how His Truth can free them.
I believe that each time a novel explores the Lie Journey and depicts a hero or heroine finding freedom in Christ, God is lifted up. We see that He is real and relevant and reaching out to anyone who seeks Him.
And whether they understand all that or not, my students always love those books the best!
One young lady working her way through my books is 10th grader Sonja-Liisa. She’s one of those kids who can keep an A average (while taking tough classes) and yet still be involved in church, youth group, 4-H, and a national leadership group. Her most recent read was Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz—which she pronounced “AMAZING!”
What she loved: The heroine and hero: Eden’s gentle, quiet spirit and Silas’s integrity and kindness. The scenes where Silas shares Scripture with Eden, who is hungry for God and His Word. The beauty of the writing. The dramatic—almost like an Old Testament story—plot twists. She was so drawn into this novel that she pushed herself to finish assignments so she could get back to reading. Now she can’t wait for book two.
Spiritual Takeaway from the story: What impressed her most was how one righteous man can change the lives around him. And how God can bring that person along at the perfect time—the heroine just has to keep her eyes open for him. Sonja-Liisa’s description reminded me that God finds a way to shine His light into every dark corner of the world, revealing each man’s heart.
Here are the rest of Sonja-Liisa’s Top Picks. Each of these novels also rated an enthusiastic: “AMAZING!” These make great gifts for the young ladies in your life!
GIVEAWAY: And speaking of Susan May Warren, she’s holding a contest right now on her blog. Since her most recent novel, Take a Chance on Me, is all about forgiveness and second chances, all you have to do is share a time when someone took a chance on you, and you can win a Mystery Book Pack, Ice Cream Maker, and Ice Cream Maker Cook Book. Don’t miss this chance to win some wonderful novels! Follow this link to enter!
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