I have heard nothing good things about Douglas Bond's book. Personally, I have never read Christian fiction outside of Lewis.I have read virtually no Christian fiction in my life, and I want to begin reading more. Can you all please recommend your favorite series/authors?
I've read one of Bond's biographies, and enjoyed it. I'll check out his fiction. Thank you everyone for the suggestions so far. Obviously, I want to check out Narnia and probably the Screwtape Letters.
Definitely Lewis's Space Trilogy. That Hideous Strength is one of my favorite books.
Sigrid Undset's historical fiction would also need to be read with discernment from a theological perspective, but I think her Kristin Lavransdatter and other medieval novels are the finest historical fiction I've ever read, and too little known. I've read them multiple times.
If you don't mind reading children's books, I enjoy reading S. D. Smith's Green Ember series from time to time.
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn is a tremendous book. The only criticism I ever heard of it is that things are even worse in China than the book portrays.
I think the greatest Christian novel ever written is Uncle Tom's Cabin. Supposedly all of the plot lines were generally based on true situations.
For period pieces...
Jannette Oke books are a pioneer-era (1800s) family saga of books more explicitly focused on the faith through the generations. I think family sagas are cool.
And of course the Anne of Green Gables is more the perspective of a child but the brother/sister that adopt her and the community on the island is insinuated to be Scottish presbyterians. At the beginnings of the book series she has some odd, maybe even negative, child-like views of Christianity and religion given her circumstance and personality, but as her story unfolds she meets people who exemplify Christian living to her that ultimately have its effect to how she views faith. She learns some catechism questions along the way that seem to be Westminster but I don't know if most people catch those references these days. I love the CBC movie adaptation from the 80s with Megan Follows but they pretty much omit that part of the books and the culture of the island.
It's funny you mention Anne, Jo, because I just read it last week! I'd second this recommendation; I've found it a more interesting read as an adult in some ways than I did as a child. For my job I write for an educational publisher and am currently putting together some study materials on that book; Anne's growth in faith is one of the themes I'm emphasizing (especially through the influences of people like her Sunday School teacher). I also caught the reference to WSC Q. 4 (which I certainly didn't as a child!) and made sure to sneak in an explanation of where that comes from.
I felt exactly the same way as a "Sarah with an h." I'll try to let you know when the guide is finished and published on the website.I love this! I took a lot of my cues growing up from "Anne with an e" as a "Joanne with an e" and often found myself relating (perhaps too much at times) to her personality and experience--even becoming a teacher myself. I have also found it more interesting as an Adult understanding more of the historical and religious context that she was in and "getting" it in some ways for the first time. I would love to see this study when you have that available! I often help facilitate and give advice on educational materials for families with children in my church and for homeschooling friends with children and having something like that in my queue would be neat to have if I get a chance to suggest to something. I have a few people on my mind who might appreciate a book study like that.