Thursday, April 11, 2013

Historical Christian Fiction that Doesn't Disappoint (or almost doesn't...)

  The Fiddler's Gun and Fiddler's Green 

by A.S. Peterson


Set in a Colonial orphanage in Georgia along with pirates on the high seas during the American Revolution - these books far surpassed my expectations for great storytelling and good writing.  Many Christian novels espouse their triumph in retelling the story of redemption, but this one excels them all.  The pirate adventures keep you reading; the heart searching and reconciliation makes this powerful fiction.  Easy salvation is not portrayed here, this is tough redemption of a heart's turning about.  (The sequel is not optional.  Look at this as Lord of the Rings where the story is so long it simply has to be split into several volumes.)

  Chiveis Trilogy: The Sword, The Gift, and The Kingdom 

by Bryan M. Liftin 


Biological and nuclear warfare ravage the earth leaving a handful of humans to re-populate.  Automobiles and skyscrapers are forgotten in the overgrowth.  Several centuries later, society has recovered to the point of Medieval city states.   Prepare yourself for the Middle Ages sans Christianity.  This is not the Middle Ages of even your most secular of textbooks.  This is pagan Rome with a few more books and technology but no less darkness.  That is until a seeking soldier and a brave young woman from Chiveis (Switzerland) seek out the truth and uncover lost cathedrals and Scriptures.  Written by a theology professor, you'll find these pages providing more than a good story.  They will make you re-examine history and the impact your faith has had on the past 2,000 years.  It gives a glimpse of what culture changers the early Christians were and of what horrors the Middle Ages would have been without Christ.  (Confession: I still haven't been able to get my hands on a copy on the final installment, but I assure you the first 2 are definitely worth your time.)

The Thistle and the Cross Series 

by Craig and Janet Parshall


Crown of Fire

This is true historical fiction: good research, historical education, and great storytelling.  The first volume is set in Scotland and England placing the reader in close contact with John Knox and the beginnings of the Scottish Presbyterian Church.  Travel with the main characters from the streets of Edinburgh to the royal courts of England, the Highlands, Calvin's home in Switzerland, and even the bottom of a French galley ship.  Unlike the rest of the series, this one comes highly recommended.

Captives and Kings

This second installment centers around the Guy Fawkes incident.  Too much of the book centered around a predictable rebellious youngster's predicament and not enough on the history. 

Sons of Glory

I actually have yet to read this one.  According to this one focuses on John Adams' defense of the British soldiers after the Boston Massacre.  Because of the setting I'll give it a try if I ever obtain a copy.

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