Faith 'n Fiction Saturday

My Friend Amy, who brought us Book Blogger Appreciation Week has a new carnival in the works, the Faith 'n Fiction Saturday.

Each week she will post a blogging prompt, which participating bloggers will answer on their own blogs. Then they head back to the original post and sign Mister Linky! This way we can all come to know each other more closely.

One thing we share in common is a love of books. I know there are participants of Faith 'n Fiction Saturdays that read over 200 books a year!
But while we may read a lot of books, only a few books in our lifetimes are special enough that we would never part with them, always recommend them, and maybe even reread them.

So...what fiction books with faith elements are on your keeper shelf? Please keep your answers to no more than 5 books!

Oh please....this is like asking someone how many people are in the world? Pretty much every book I get is a keeper. Unless I get a duplicate or a book/author I don't like or read, I keep it. This is why my collection is currently at almost 1900 books :) I can't bear to give away my books. My fiance has already promised to build me a library when we move into our house next time.

Anywho for my 5 books to spotlight on, I'll be like Amy and consider series as 1 book

1. The House of Winslow series by Gilbert Morris - There are 40 books in this series and I have 39 of them. I have spent YEARS trying to collect all these, I've been reading them since I was 10. I just need no. 31 The Shining Badge, so if anyone has that one PLEASE I need it!!!!

2. My entire Janette Oke book collection. So I'm really fudging on even the series rule but these are definitely keepers. Why? Well, because I own EVERY adult fiction book that she's written. AND she was the first Christian fiction adult book I ever read at the tender age of 8.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia series by CS Lewis. Yeah that's a given. A must in everyone's collection. If you've given these books away, I'm sorry, but SHAME ON YOU!!

4. The Glenbrooke series by Robin Jones Gunn. Simply one of the most refreshing contemporary women's series I've ever read. I could include my entire RJG collection but I'm spotlighting this one.

5. The SAHM series by Meredith Efken. One of the best chick lit books (Christian and general) ever. The format is written in email/newsletter group so it reads extremely fast, the characters are likabe and you totally relate to them. I finished both these books in half a day, and they're over 300 pages long! And the best news, there's a new one coming out this year!

So these are just a few in my collection. But seriously I have almost 1900 books. I'm not giving these guys away.


  1. Ha, I picked my Janette Oke series also. So I'm not an old fuddy duddy? I was torn because this is such an old series, but I hold them dear to my heart.

    Haven't read Meredith's books yet, but they are ones I want to start this year!

    ~Mimi B

  2. Anonymous11:22 AM

    Janette Oke was my first introduction into Christian fiction...I so love her books! I love Robin Jones Gunn and her Glenbrooke series is one of my favorites...I have all of her books too :)

    So many great books it really is hard to choose just a few :)

    Have a blessed day!

  3. How could I have forgotton Narnia? Good list!

  4. I've read all but the Narnia books. Love the SAHM books, glad she's got another coming out. I've read all but about 3 of the Winslow books - never could see how Mr Morris kept them all straight. *g*

  5. I made the mistake of giving my Chronicles of Narnia books away. So I ended up rebuying them. You're right, they are a must-have!

  6. Ohh I'd forgotten about RJG's Glenbrooke series. Palisades was one of the first CF imprints I really got hooked on in terms of romances, that and Janette Oke.

    Even better in my case is that I grew up and still live in Oregon and the Glenbrooke series is I believe set in a fictional Oregon small town or if not truly set in Oregon it totally could be here. It's been so long since I read them I'd have to double check on the landmarks, cities etc mentioned to see if it truly is supposed to be Oregon. Unfortunately these were not books I ever purchased as I was just out of college and nearly all my reading was either gifts or library books.

    And Narnia is on my keeper shelf but my list was at about eight when I finally put the kibosh on it anyways and that was with my own additional caveat to keep the numbers down as it was.

  7. Janette Oke's books were my first "adult" books as a child too. Loved them! I especially liked the Canadian West series. I read the House of Winslow books while I was growing up, but stopped somewhere in the 20s I think.

  8. Your entire Janette Oke collection cracked me up!


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