Saturday, January 16, 2010

Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday: Picking Books for Book Clubs

Amy is talking about book clubs today,

Today I thought it would be fun if we compiled a list of books that would make good book club books for Christian book clubs. Since this is faith and FICTION Saturday, I'm asking you to keep your answers to works of fiction. The books, however, do not need to be published by a Christian publishing house, but they should have some elements that would make them appealing to Christian book groups to discuss.
A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin probably comes to mind first. This one is set in the twentieth century, around the second world war to be exact, it features four heroines of different ages and backgrounds, who though seemingly different from one another become good friends as they face personal struggles. I think it has a great cast of characters--each one well developed--and I think the story has substance. It's a complex story with heart and soul, and I think it is an accessible one.

Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin is another I'd be quick to recommend. Like A Woman's Place, it stars very human characters who are doing the best they can, but are struggling nonetheless. None of the characters are perfect. In this case, the story is about a set of sisters who are immigrating to America at the turn of the twentieth century.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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