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Christian Fandom Recommended Reading List

This page lists books which are explicitly "Christian", have Christian characters, or deal with Christian themes, have been recommended by at least ten members of Christian Fandom (and other fans), and have attained average scores of either "Recommended" or "Highly Recommended" in the voting. This list is compiled based on voting as of September, 2006. To add your recommendations to the list, use our book ballot.

Last updated on August 2nd, 2007


Alighieri, Dante
The Divine Comedy(1322)
Bradbury, Ray
The Illustrated Man (1951)
Note especially "The Man", a powerful, classic story that posits Jesus will incarnate on any world where intelligent life arises.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
Falling Free (1985)
Cordelia's Honor (1999)
Mirror Dance (Baen, 1994)
Memory (Baen, 1996)
Komarr (Baen, 1998)
A Civil Campaign (Baen, 1999)
The adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a deformed midget growing up on a world where "mutants" are traditionally killed at birth. Bujold has a philosophy of plotting which boils down to thinking up the worst things she can do to her characters, and then doing them.
Card, Orson Scott
Ender's Game (Tor, 1985)
Ender must be the greatest military mind of his generation, because if he isn't, humanity will be wiped out.
Speaker for the Dead (Tor, 1986)
Ender travels to another world, to try to bridge the gap between humans and aliens.
Chesterton, G.K.
The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
A nightmare about anarchy.
Henderson, Zenna
Ingathering: The Complete People Stories (NESFA, 1995)
Herbert, Frank
Dune (1965)
L'Engle, Madeleine
A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1962)
Children plus tesseracts = adventure. Winner of the Newbery Award.
A Wind in the Door (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1973)
Further adventures of the children from A Wrinkle in Time.
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1978)
Further adventures of the children from A Wrinkle in Time.
Many Waters
Some of the characters from A Wrinkle in Time meet Noah.
A Ring of Endless Light (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1980)
A 15 year old girl whose grandfather is dying finds herself pursued by three different boys at the same time.
Lawhead, Stephen R.
Empyrion (Lion Publishing, 1990)
A group sent to investigate an extrasolar colony find that it has divided into two societies.
Merlin (Crossway Books, 1988)
Arthur (Crossway Books, 1989)
Taliesin (Crossway Books, 1987)
Merlin (Crossway Books, 1988)
Arthur (Crossway Books, 1989)
The Pendragon Cycle: a Christian perspective on the Arthurian legends.
The Paradise War (Lion, 1992)
The Silver Hand (Lion, 1992)
The Endless Knot (Lion, 1992)
The Song of Albion Trilogy.
Lewis, C.S.
The Cosmic Trilogy (John Lane, 1938-45)
Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength are available individually, in boxed sets, and omnibus volumes.
The Screwtape Letters (Geoffrey Bles, 1942)
It's not easy being a demon, as this classic shows.
The Great Divorce (Geoffrey Bles, 1946)
In a dream, Lewis is given a glimpse of hell and the fringes of heaven.
The Chronicles of Narnia (Geoffrey Bles, 1950-56)
Probably Lewis' most famous work, the seven volumes of children's stories, The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle, are available individually, in boxed sets, and omnibus volumes.
Mere Christianity (Geoffrey Bles, 1952)
Some of Lewis' wartime radio lectures, reworked into a single book.
Till We Have Faces (1956)
A retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche.
MacDonald, George
Phantastes (Smith, Elder, 1858)
This is the book which C.S. Lewis describes reading in Surprised by Joy, and commented, "That night my imagination was, in a sense, baptised."
The Princess and the Goblin (Strahan & Co., 1872)
In some respects, this story is reminiscent of Lewis' The Silver Chair (or, more accurately, the other way around.)
Miller, Walter M.
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Lippincott, 1959)
This Hugo Award-winning story about life after nuclear war is one of the titles which get mentioned whenever Christianity and science fiction is discussed.
Peretti, Frank
This Present Darkness (Crossway, 1986)
The Christian fiction bestseller of the 1980s.
Piercing The Darkness (Crossway, 1989)
The Oath (Word Books, 1995)
The best horror novel that has been published by a Christian book publisher.
Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Bloomsbury Publishing, 1997)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Bloomsbury Publishing, 1998)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2000)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Bloomsbury Publishing, 2003
J.K. Rowling's series of children's books about a boy wizard.
Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Silmarillion (1977)
Tolkien's creation account and history of Middle Earth, which lays out the background for the more famous stories which follow on from it.
The Hobbit (1937)
An account of the events leading up to The Lord of the Rings, and more accessible than the larger work.
The Lord of the Rings (George Allen & Unwin, 1954-55)
Poor imitations should not be allowed to ruin our enjoyment of the original. Tolkien stands up to repeated re-reading, and has delighted and entertained generations of readers.
Tyers, Kathy
The Firebird Trilogy (Bethany House, 1999-2000)
Firebird, Fusion Fire, and Crown of Fire have been republished in an omnibus paperback.
Willis, Connie
Doomsday Book (Bantam Spectra, 1992)
A history sudent from Oxford plans to visit Yorkshire 20 years before the plague, but ends up right in the middle of the Black Death.
To Say Nothing of the Dog (Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1998)
Contrary to what everyone "knows" about time travel, somebody has managed to bring an object forward in time with them.
Wolfe, Gene
Shadow of the Torturer (Simon & Schuster, 1980)
Claw of the Conciliator (Simon & Schuster, 1981)
Sword of the Lictor (Timescape, 1981)
Citadel of the Autarch (Simon & Schuster, 1982)
Extremely complex but delightful renderings of a world so far in the future that it is hard to recognize as our own.

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