Inspirational Fiction

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Ruby's Slippers

I haven’t read an inspirational in years, mostly because the only inspirational I had read was drearily conservative and written in such a cheesy and sentimental way that it put me off the subgenre altogether. So it was with some trepidation I approached Ruby’s Slippers by Leanna Ellis, which is ...

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Home Another Way

I started reading inspirational fiction and romance as a teenager and, while I have discovered some wonderful books, I find myself sticking primarily to secular fiction and romance because so many of the characters in inspirationals, particularly in contemporary inspies, seem too goody-goody to be t ...

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Earth To Betsy

Earth to Betsy picks up right where Heavens to Betsy left off: with the reverends (and best friends) Betsy Blessing and David Swenson's first date. The hitch is, David wants to get hitched. He proposes right there in the restaurant, and when Betsy accepts, he reveals two whole flocks of people hid ...

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Two Women of Galilee

Two Women of Galilee tells the story of Jesus’ ministry and crucifixion from the standpoint of a female observer, that of Joanna, one of the few women mentioned in the Gospels. Little is known about Joanna – she is only mentioned in scripture twice, and briefly - so most of this book definitely ...

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Queen Esther and the Second Graders of Doom

I found this book to be disappointing; my sense was that because it falls under the Inspirational Fiction umbrella, the message was supposed to compensate for the flimsy plot and static characters. However, the message wasn’t even that strong, particularly not if it had to carry the whole book. ...

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Ain't No Valley

Ain’t No Valley is proof that the inspirational sub-genre is expanding its horizons. Sharon Ewell Foster has little in common with Lori Wick. Her characters are more flawed, more urban, less traditional, and certainly less white bread. The bread here is thick, warm, and full flavored. Unfortunatel ...

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Mother of Prevention

Lori Copland’s latest book, Mother of Prevention, is a heartwarming read that sucks you in right from the beginning and holds on to you until the very last page. Kate Madison suffers a tragic loss: her firefighter husband dies, leaving her and her two daughters alone. Kate goes throu ...

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The Fifth Mountain

Paulo Coelho's The Fifth Mountain is one of the most extraordinary works of historical fiction I've ever had the pleasure to read. The author fictionalizes the biblical story of Elijah, and as a very reformed Jew who welcomes the Prophet Elijah into the house every year at Passover to partake in a ...

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Rejoice

The fourth installment in the Karen Kingsbury's Redemption series, Rejoice catches readers up with the lives of the Baxter family. While the authors do a great job in continuing the story of this family's life, not much else occurs in this book. Rejoice is a quick read about an interesting family, b ...

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When You Believe

When You Believe explores the topic of child sexual molestation in several ways, using the pain of different characters who experienced this kind of terrible violation. Unfortunately, because of Bedford's underdeveloped characterization, the impact falls somewhat flat. Lydia Porter's life is ...