The breadth of Christian fiction available today is astounding. I can remember, as a child and as a new Christian some forty years ago, I turned mostly to secular literature for my reading enjoyment because most of the Christian literature that I was familiar with was ... well, boring is the only way to put it. Oh to be sure, we had C.S. Lewis and some others who were anything but boring, but most of the Christian fiction that we had at the time did not appeal to me then, or now.
That’s not the case today, with Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins, James Beauseigneur, Terri Blackstock, Ted Dekker, and others that aren’t coming to mind right nor, or that I’ve not yet become familiar with, the alternative to secular fiction are seemingly endless.
I don’t hope to list them all here, but I’ll bring to your attention those that I have become familiar with, separating them by genre or author, whichever seems to make the most sense at the time.
Where I have created a category for a specific author, I’ll include that author’s nonfiction as well as the fiction, rather than burdening you with redundant categories for the sake of categorization. Tim LaHaye, for example, has authored some very good nonfiction books as well as his Christian fiction, such as his “Left Behind” series.
There will also be some overlapping, of necessity. One case in point is Jerry Jenkins, Tim LaHaye’s co-author in their “Left Behind” series, who has created some outstanding Christian fiction on his own.
The “Left Behind” series, with its companion children’s edition, is large enough to deserve a sub-category of its own, which will be referenced from both the LaHaye and Jenkins pages.
If this confuses you, just look at what we have and you’ll figure it out.