A stroll into your nearest Christian bookshop can be a little overwhelming, to say the least.
There are so many different books to choose from it can almost put you off trying to pick one altogether. And then if you look online the options increase massively. So where do you start?
In this article, we’ll go over some of the best-selling Christian novels that you are to have you turning page after page.
These beautifully written stories are so engaging and engrossing while also demonstrating spiritual insight and the affirmation of faith.
If you’re going to pick a new book to add to your collection, you should seriously consider one of the following recommendations.
Best-Selling Christian Novels
1. Jesus Calling – Sarah Young
The point of view, or perspective, that is used within a book can be really impactful for the storyline. Jesus Calling is the perfect example of this.
Sarah Young, the author, is a Missionary who shares some really amazingly memorable and incredibly thought-provoking daily devotionals.
The book is written from Jesus’ point of view, which is unlike anything I’ve ever really seen before.
The way thatbook is written enables the reader to feel as though Jesus is speaking to them directly through the use of scripture.
It is incredibly well written and is such a unique take on a Christian Novel.
2. Wild At Heart – John Eldredge
John Eldredge is an incredibly talented author who allows his passion for Christ to shine through in this book.
Not only is Eldredge an author, but he is also a philosopher and motivational speaker.
But most importantly, he is a man who is totally unapologetically honest about the heart, the church, women, and men.
Eldredge has written many books, but Wild At Heart is arguably his best yet.
This particular book is geared towards the hearts of Christian men, but it can be enjoyable and impactful for all that give it a read.
3. The Five Love Languages – Dr. Gray Chapman
This book is primarily centered around the different love languages that are used within relationships.
Those intense feelings of love that come with marriage do not need to dilute over time as long as you are patient and understanding of your spouse and their specific love languages.
This book centers on learning how to focus on showing your partner love in the language that is important to them.
You can show your partner love through your love language, but this book highlights the importance of learning a secondary love language, the one that your partner relies on.
4. The Love Dare – Stephen & Alex Kendrick
The Love Dare is based on a very successful movie called Fireproof.
The impact that this book has had on marriages across the world is so significant.
Countless marriages have actually been saved thanks to this book. Stephen and Alex Kendrick focus on how as a pair you can strengthen your life and love through Christ.
5. Her Mother’s Hope – Francine Rivers
This book is the first installment of a two-part series.
This beautiful book discusses the themes of complicated relationships between children and their mothers.
This 20th-century novel follows Marta through her journey across Europe that ends with her in California with her husband and children.
Marta’s eldest daughter Hilde is desperate to find her calling in life.
That calling is to become a nurse. The story continues to take place throughout the perils of World War 2 where Hilde falls in love, marries, and has children of her own.
Hilde’s only real hope is that her own daughter will always be secure in her mother’s love, but life, especially at this time, proves to be difficult and gets in the way of her hopes.
Throughout this thought-provoking story, the female characters must evaluate their desires while seeking God’s guidance.
6. Choosing To SEE – Mary Beth Chapman
Tragedy and loss do not discriminate. They care little about your money, social status, previous trials and tribulations, or faith.
And no matter how strong your faith may be, in the face of real trauma, it is hard not to question why has this happened to me?
This is the case in this incredibly soul-bearing read from Mary Beth Chapman.
After the loss of her five-year-old daughter Maria, Chapman discusses the battle with clinical depression, marriage troubles, and her shaken faith.
book, shows hope shining through each and every page.
And how in the end, you have to learn to choose to see the plan that God has in store for your life.
7. Outlive Your Life – Max Lucado
Do you ever feel like you are too inconsequential to evoke change? Then Outlive Your Life is a perfect choice.
Max Lucado is a brilliant author and also a Pastor. This book revolves around the idea that each and every person has the ability to impact not just those in the local community but you can even reach people across the globe.
It shows how through the love of God everyday people can become extraordinary.
8. 90 Minutes In Heaven – Don Piper
This story starts with Don making his way to Church for the night service. But he doesn’t make it there. On his way home Don would take a detour that would be like nothing else that he had ever experienced.
When Don’s car is struck by a truck, it causes some pretty serious damage.
In fact, it completely runs over the entire passenger side of his Ford Escort. The impact crushes the car and kills Don instantly.
This is when Don begins an incredible journey to heaven that he will never forget.
9. Mere Christianity – C.S Lewis
C.S Lewis had always been brought up in Christianity from a young age. However, as he grows older Lewis turns away from his faith believing that life is too cruel and unjust for his faith to be true.
However, throughout the book, Lewis can deny the existence of God no longer. He then knelt in prayer to God and accepts him as his Lord and Saviour.
10. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – Eric Metaxas
For those with faith, it is inarguable that what happened during World War 2 will have had many questioning their religion. Especially when so many people brutally lost their lives for being Jewish.
In this book, the world continues to watch as Hitler descends unseen evil upon the world.
However, throughout this time there was resistance forming that was determined to destroy the Third Reich from within.
Their main goal? Assassinate Hitler. The story follows Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was a German theologian and pastor, who was leading the cause.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Are The Best Christian Fiction Writers?
There are plenty of amazing Christian fiction writers. But some of the most popular include:
- C.S Lewis
- J. R. R. Tolkien
- Marilynne Robinson
- Francine Rivers
- Penny Culliford
- Michelle Stimpson
What Makes A Novel A Christian Novel?
A Christian novel is a novel where the story revolves around at least one Christian, though sometimes more, who solves their issues or strives toward a goal from a Christian Worldview. God is the main priority.
Are There Christian Romance Authors?
Yes, plenty. Below you’ll find some great reads that revolve around Christian romance:
- Active Defense – Eason Lynette
- The Prince Of Valor – Susan May
- Once Upon A Prince – Hauck
- Truly, Madly, Deeply – Kingsbury Karen
Christian novels are a great way to find some escapism in a way that can help reaffirm your faith and ensure that you are still reading important scriptures.
These books all center around a love for God and how he has a purpose in your life. They are a great option to call upon when you are facing hardships throughout your life.
They show examples of how God will always come through for you, that he always has a plan for your life. I think it can be really helpful to read the testimonies of others, and know that there are other people that have faced similar situations and problems.
It’s a great way to see that you are not alone.
That everyone has faced issues with tragedy, marital problems, or shaken faith – but it shows you that God’s love is eternal and that he will always be there for you.
Hopefully, you will enjoy the 10 recommendations throughout this article, and they will only help deepen and develop your relationship with both family, friends, and most importantly with Christ.
Many of these books have helped me get through particularly difficult aspects of my life, and I hope that they can do the same for you too.
Let me know in the comments below which is your favorite book, and feel free to list any other must-reads that I’ve missed off the list.
I wish you the best as you carry on walking with Christ.