Reading Is My SuperPower Recommends: Biblical Fiction

Posted March 15, 2018 by meezcarrie in Christian, historical, RimSP Recommends / 29 Comments


Hi friends! Happy almost-Friday! 🙂

Today, I’m starting a series I call “Reading Is My SuperPower Recommends”, where I take a theme or subgenre and recommend a few books that I love. Since we’re heading into the Easter season I thought I would spotlight some of my favorite Biblical fiction reads.

I’m actually pretty picky about this genre, more so than most other genres, but I still have several go-to authors whose work I trust every time. Here are the books I most often recommend!

Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar (2016, Tyndale House)

Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?

 

In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar (2014, River North)

Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi’s home in Israel.

Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left–a strong back and a willing heart–to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.

Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi.

Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi.

But his heart knows better.

 

Counted With the Stars by Connilyn Cossette (2016, Bethany House)

A Story of Love, Desperation, and Hope During a Great Biblical Epoch

Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.

To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?

Check out the rest of the series, too: Out From Egypt series

 

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette (2018, Bethany House)

Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.

Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies–and unexpected allies–she will encounter on her way.

 

Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews (2018, Waterbrook)

In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah’s household rises to capture the heart of the future king.

Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name–Zibah, delight of the Lord–thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive.

But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed.

But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.

 

Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews (2013, Revell)

Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task–marry a prostitute in order to show God’s people the nature and depth of his love for Israel.

When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim God’s message, the prostitute God tells him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only choice, Gomer does what she’s good at–she survives.

Can Hosea’s love for God and God’s love for Israel heal Gomer’s broken spirit?

With her potent combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life a complex and fascinating biblical story of the power of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.

Check out the rest of the series here: Treasures of His Love series

 

A Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers (2009, Tyndale House)

2009 Retailer’s Choice Award winner!

In this compilation of the five books in the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary.

Each was faced with extraordinary—even scandalous—challenges.

Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling.

Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.

Check out the individual books in the series: A Lineage of Grace series

 

Other Biblical Fiction that has been highly recommended TO me:

    

   

What about you? What’s your favorite Biblical fiction?

 

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29 responses to “Reading Is My SuperPower Recommends: Biblical Fiction

  1. Kim

    Oh! I love this!!! You have basically picked my favorites too! Probably because you recommended them to me! ??

  2. Rebecca Maney

    I MUST read “Land of Silence” now. I even have a copy.

    Connilyn Cossette drew me back into this genre a couple of years ago. I love her books!

  3. I’m lovin’ this! 🙂 Connilyn Cossette is my favorite Biblical fiction author. I also love Francine Rivers’ books. And Angela Hunt. But now I have a few more authors to try… 😉

  4. Becky Smith

    I really enjoyed Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings series, which were about King Hezekiah and later his son Manaseh.

  5. Brittaney B

    Great choices. I love all of Tessa Afshar’s books, but Pearl in the Sand is still my favorite. I also appreciate Tosca Lee’s unique perspective. I loved Tracy Groot’s novel Madman about the demon possessed man of the Gerasenes. Also, Ginger Garrett has written a few Biblical stories as well about Esther, Delilah and Jezebel.

  6. I don’t have a favorite…yet but I have enjoyed several of the books you suggested. And although they aren’t classified as fiction, I have loved the books that Liz Curtis Higgs has written that focused on women in the Bible like “It’s Good to Be Queen” and “Bad Girls of the Bible”

    Excited to check out Connilyn Cossette’s work. I hate to say it, but I’m late to the party there.

  7. MJSH

    I really enjoyed Esther, Delilah, and Bathsheba by Angela Hunt (as well as Shadow Women, Magdalene, and Journey). I have Tessa Afshar’s books on my TBR pile, am a third way through Isaiah’s Daughter (love Mesu Andrews!) and am looking forward to reading a Connilyn Cossette. I’ve read snippets of Jewel of Persia but absolutely loved A Stray Drop of Blood by Roseanna M White. Jill Eileen Smith is great; her newest – A Passionate Hope – was an excellent read.

  8. Melissa

    Some of these stories sound interesting. Are all these stories based on some biblical narrative?

  9. Great idea! I agree with all of these, and I would add Bodie and Brock Thoene’s AD Chronicles. Opened up the Gospel stories to me in such a new and deep way. Amazing!

  10. As you know I’ve been on the hunt for great Biblical fiction for my Faith and Fiction Bible study. Thanks for the recs. You really need to read Iscariot. It’s challenging and faith-expanding. Lynn Austin’s Restoration series is wonderful too.

  11. Tracey Hagwood

    Hey Carrie,
    Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series, A voice in the Wind, Echo in the Darkness and As Sure as the Dawn were the book’s that started me in biblical fiction, fantastic series.
    Tessa Afshar is my favorite in this category, I’m waiting anxiously for the next one out in August, The Thief of Corinth.
    I haven’t read Connilyn Cossette’s Out of Egypt series or Lynn Austin’s Chronicle of the Kings yet, although I can’t wait to get to them and have them loaded on my kindle and ready to go. Looks like some other good suggestions on your list too.

  12. Elly

    Jill Eileen Smith and Diana Wallis Taylor have good biblical fiction. Also, LOVE Kacy Barnett-Gramckow’s books! Her “Genesis Trilogy” is AMAZING!!
    And I wholeheartedly agree with your recommendations of Francine Rivers (my FAVORITE author), Tessa Afshar, Mesu Andrews, and Lynn Austin. All EXCELLENT authors!

  13. Kristin Rivers

    Great list!! Happy to see “Lineage of Grace” on here. I would also recommend Jill Eileen Smith and Diana Wallis Taylor. Also, I recently read “The Pharaoh’s Daughter” by Mesu Andrews and it was exquisite!! I need to also read “In the Field of Grace” soon, haven’t had a chance to yet. Keep the recommendations coming!

  14. I haven’t read any of those on your list, but I LOVE the Chronicles of the Kings by Lynn Austin. Those were the books that really got me back into reading Biblical and Christian fiction. They’re so good!

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