Top 5 Biblical Fiction Favorites

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Hello all! Welcome to the Five Fall Favorites party 2017 edition! πŸ˜€ I’m so excited to share book recommendations with you from six different genres every day this week! (And if you want to share some with me that would be fun too, because the more books the better, right? πŸ˜› )Β Rebekah wrote a really awesome welcome post that details the prizes and links out to all the participating blogs. Be sure to check it out! πŸ˜‰

And in case you wanted to see it… Here’s a picture of the Grand Prize.

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(O.o. Is that awesome or what?)

Anyways, on to today’s genre. πŸ˜€

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and the subgenre of biblical fiction is especially fun. Too often though, I find books set in Bible times to be disrespectful, inaccurate, or both. I do have some favorites, though, and here they are! πŸ˜€

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1.Β Little Miriam of Galilee by Edith Martin is written mainly for younger children, but still a sweet favorite of mine. I enjoyed the illustrations, the details of regular family life in Bible times, and the family’s very real and poignant experience of the Messiah. It’s also really neat to see how a very minor character in the Bible could affect the lives of so many other people. πŸ˜‰

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2. Tirzah by Lucille Travis is a book we always look forward to when it’s assigned for our school reading. πŸ˜‰ It’s all about the Exodus from the perspective of young teens who fortunately don’t have modern attitudes. πŸ˜€ One thing that really stuck with me as I read about their journey to Mount Sinai was the clear difference between those who were following Yahweh and those who were not. It was neat to see how people put their faith in God before Christ came. Just a note that there are few instances of teenage romantic interest (although people did get married earlier back then πŸ˜› ) and some vague references to the infamous golden calf incident.

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3. My mom started reading us Vinegar Boy by Alberta Hawse during Eastertime. Since she was reading it aloud to everyone, she did do a little editing during the crucifixion, but most of the story was all right for everyone. πŸ˜‰ It was neat to see representations of a few of the apostles and some of the more minor characters, but the story mostly followed a young boy looking for a miracle. One of the things that really stood out to us as we looked at the events with new eyes was the story of Barabbas. Talk about Christ taking your place!

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4. & 5. These two lovely books,Β Titus: A Comrade of the CrossΒ and Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross by Florence M. Kingsley are actually a series. The second one is my favorite, but some of the characters from the first one carry over and their backstories are so beautiful. ❀ (I blame this book for making Stephen one of my favorite names. *sobs*) My dad read these aloud to us, and we had some great discussions about what was strictly Biblical and what was a little artistic elaboration on the author’s part. (Like I don’t think it was wrong for the apostles to cast lots to find out who would replace Judas…) πŸ˜‰ Anyways, they are family favorites, and I can’t wait to read them again soon. πŸ˜€ Just a note that because of martyrdom and some historically accurate evil thieves, it can get a little rough sometimes.

FFF - barnsHave you read any of these books? If not, find yourself a nice barn loft, attic, or treehouse and cozy up with a new read! If you have read any of these books or have favorites of your own, tell me in the comments. πŸ˜‰

For links to all the other blogs, Rebekah’s five favorites, and more info on that AMAZING Grand Prize, visit our hostess blog. πŸ˜‰

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42 thoughts on “Top 5 Biblical Fiction Favorites

  1. Oh, new books! I haven’t read or heard of the first 3 on your list! πŸ™‚ We have the other two and I know I’ve read at least “Stephen.”
    Thanks for sharing!

    I can’t believe the party is actually here! πŸ˜€

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  2. I agree with you that most Biblical fiction tends to be disrespectful or inaccurate, so it’s great to have these recommendations! From your list, I only read Tirzah and Titus: A Comrade of the Cross. I wasn’t able to get my hands on Stephen, but I guessed where his story went. (I’m sure I would have sobbed, too!) Titus stood out to me because all Jesus’ dialogue was strictly from the Bible (well, a translation, obviously. πŸ™‚ ). I liked that.

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    1. Oh, awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed them. πŸ˜‰ Aw, if you can totally read Stephen! It is beautiful and heartbreaking. πŸ˜‰ Yes, that was very neat! I appreciate when authors go the extra mile to make sure their books are honoring to God. One of my favorite illustrated Bibles (For Such a Time As This by Angie Smith) was really neat because the illustrator was intentional to never show Jesus’ face even when He was portrayed as a baby.

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  3. Ooh! All these good books!
    I have listened to Titus a Comrade of the Cross, and enjoyed it very much!

    I bet it would be so much better if I read it………… πŸ˜‰

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  4. I feel like I am going to find a lot of new books during the party. πŸ˜€ Biblical fiction always intrigues me!

    CutePolarBear
    P.S. I don’t see anything wrong with the disciples casting lots for the purpose of finding Judas’ replacement, either.

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    1. Mission accomplished in that case! I hope we get you booked for the entire next year. πŸ˜€

      That’s cool! My dad explained that it was a cultural opinion of the time period the author was from, so I understand why she thought that. πŸ˜‰

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      1. (Booked for next year… haha- pun intended?) Good grief, I was already booked for my entire life! πŸ˜€ At this point, I read whatever I need to or what I can get my hands on. πŸ˜‰

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  5. Okay, these all look so great. We have Titus: A Comrade of the Cross, but I haven’t read it yet. I’ve listened to the audio drama, though. πŸ˜€ Thanks for helping host his party. I enjoyed last year so much. πŸ™‚

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  6. I’ve read Vinegar Boy for school. It was really emotional and had a surprising ending! Also, read Titus: A Comrade of the Cross and Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross. Both of these were sad books but still amazing!

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  7. I just added three books to my list. I read “Titus” as one of my first Biblical fiction books–it made quite an impression on me! I listened to “Stephen”, but I think I’ll have to read it to get the full feeling for the book. πŸ˜‰ A Biblical fiction book with respectful attitudes that you might like is “Twice Freed” by Patricia St. John. It’s a fictional telling of Onesimus, the runaway slave mentioned in Philemon. She did a very good job with it. =)

    Thanks for the book recommendations!

    Liberty Bluebelle

    “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” II Corinthians 3:17

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