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Christian Reading Group Favorite Books

R. Jones
The list author says: "Our women's book club is always looking for books that are well-written and interesting, but we prefer to avoid books that contain profanity, vulgarity, and explicit sexual content. Listed here are some of the books we have enjoyed the most over the last few years. Most are uplifting and entertaining, and some are just lots of fun."
Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River
"This book by Leif Enger is not publicized as a Christian book, but it is one of the best books about knowing God and being a good Christian that I have read.  It is an adventure, a mystery, a western, a love story. . .everyone in our book club voted it their favorite book of the year."
Redeeming Love
Redeeming Love
"This retelling of the Biblical book of Hosea is a powerful picture of the love of God for the world.  It makes you cry, but not because it works on your emotions, but because it so clearly shows the love of Christ for a lost world."
Boo (The Boo Series #1)
Boo (The Boo Series #1)
"What a fun, quirky series of books!  Gutteridge's writing is clever and her characters are hilarious."
The Dead Don't Dance
The Dead Don't Dance
"Our book club loved this book!  Charles Martin can really pull you in and hook you with his imperfect yet lovable characters, his use of dialogue and the way he uses the Southern setting as an intergral part of his work.  We choose his work over and over again."
Summer of Light: A Novel
Summer of Light: A Novel
"This is a great story.  It is realistic and funny.  The description brings the story to life, but it is not overly wordy.  The Christian message does not seem tacked on or heavy handed like it does in many "Christian" books."
The Sunflower
The Sunflower
"This simple tale, based on a true story, was touching but not too overly sentimental.  It is a sweet love story, but it also has elements of adventure."
Daughter of China (Daughter of China Series, Book 1)
Daughter of China (Daughter of China Series, Book 1)
"What an inspiring story!  If you have a heart for the church in China or for adoption, this is a must read.  This was our book club's favorite book one year."
Eve's Daughters
Eve's Daughters
"This story is told from the point of view of 4 generations of women.  It starts out in the present, and then goes all the way back to the first generation and continues back to the present.  It is fascinating to see how the decisions of each generation affect the next, and how the stories of each woman are intertwinded with the others."
Leave It to Claire (Claire Everett Series, No. 1)
Leave It to Claire (Claire Everett Series, No. 1)
"This is fun Christian chick lit, but it is fairly well written.  The 1st person narrative is very engaging, and Claire is lovable because so many women can identify with her crazy life. It has lots of laugh out loud moments and tear jerker moments, too."
The Last Jihad (Political Thrillers Series #1)
The Last Jihad (Political Thrillers Series #1)
"Not everyone in our group liked this book because they thought it was too violent, but many readers really liked this thrilling adventure story.  It certainly is smart and well written."
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia
"Some years our book club will read a YA lit book at Christmas time for a quick read during the holidays, and this classic series is one we love.  Of course, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is our favorite!"
Blessings
Blessings
"This book is not a Christian book, ut we all really enjoyed the story and the characters.  The main characters are an odd assortment of ages, backgrounds and social status, but they form a loving "family."  Many of our readers wanted a predictable happy ending, but the conclusion seemed fitting and not disappointing."
Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
"This is a classic that gets better every time I read it."
Pride and Prejudice (Vintage Classics)
Pride and Prejudice (Vintage Classics)
"This is my favorite book by my favorite author.  We have not read it in our book club yet, but I can't make a list of great books and not include the best novel I have ever read.  Of course, all of her books are must reads!"