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Download PDF books in Christian subject for free. Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress is a novel aversion of the Christian allegory, The Pilgrim's Progress from this. The View from Rainshadow Bay. Lavender Tides (Series). Book 1. Colleen Coble Author (). cover image of The House at Saltwater Point. Price: Free! Words: 87, Categories: Fiction» Christian» Short stories . But while Christian is injured and nearly killed, he eventually prevails to the end.
Lewis is one of a handful of Christian fiction writers who are universally respected. Hudson Taylor and become missionaries to China. A category of study within systematic theology; it denotes the study of the nature and existence of God. Lliteras uses plain, deceptively simple prose and frank dialogue to flesh out the anguished stories of the two thieves who died with Christ on Golgotha. So can you. Evangelist Charles Simeon is portrayed. He is profoundly changed, perhaps even redeemed.
But will that mean leaving Miller's Creek, her hometown and the place etched on her heart? Crossroads by Cathy Bryant Series: Far outside his customary battlefield, a soldier wages war for the soul of a bitter single mom. Then her little girl is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness which only seems to support her doubts of God's existence.
Can Carter win Mara back before it's too late? Or will the enemy use tragic life circumstances to steal the fragile shreds of her faith forever? A justice-seeking attorney dreams of a perfect life. Disillusioned by life as a defense lawyer, she goes to work for the prosecution. But things are not as they appear.
Unsure of who to trust, she launches her own covert investigation, then falls prey to a master manipulator and is unwittingly caught in the cross-fire of a personal vendetta.
Can she bestow grace on even her enemies? Pilgrimage of Promise by Cathy Bryant Series: A small town girl knew her high school sweetheart was the only man for her. But then life was interrupted by college, the Vietnam War, and broken promises. Now a dusty stack of unopened letters and troubling diagnosis force the recently-reunited couple to sift through the painful past.
Can their relationship endure the deception they unearth? Will they learn to trust in promises that never fail? Spredemann Series: Amish Secrets. June 9, Hannah has a good life. A beautiful home, a loving husband, and a wonderful Amish community are only a few of her daily blessings. But she has carried a heavy burden for years: Will Hannah be able to face her greatest fear and find God's purpose for her life?
February 23, by Aneko Press. Each character represented in this allegory is intentionally and profoundly accurate in its depiction of what we see all around us, and unfortunately, what we too often see in ourselves. But while Christian is injured and nearly killed, he eventually prevails to the end. So can you.
September 14, A freedom-seeking believer has done the one thing she swore never to do -- move back to Miller's Creek. Though Bella followed God's leading in her quest for freedom, she never imagined He'd take her back to the place so full of hurtful memories.
Can Bella release her chains to find a freedom that has always been hers?
Or will a distrustful ranch manager keep her enslaved to the past? The Envelope by Emily Josephine Price: January 6, Two teachers…a five-year-old girl…an old envelope. Mail Order Bride: Book 1 by Leah Wyett Series: Brides Of The West , Book 1. July 11, by Gold Crown. A historical western cowboy romance novel about a mail order bride. In , Hazel Lynn Morgan was a girl right on the verge of becoming a woman. Or will the secret that Heath is hiding threaten to ruin both of their lives? January 30, A breakdown strands her in Vancouver, Washington on the corner of 99th and Highway Across the street is the Highway Ninety-Nine Diner where she lands a job as a waitress—however starting over is hard with all the broken trust.
Quaking Heart. December 13, He is her dream come to life. She is invisible to him. But Mormon fiction and Catholic fiction, each with contrasting traditions, are also surveyed here, as well as a number of what might almost whimsically be called ecumenical novels—Christian, but undoctrinaire and more tolerant of such evangelical taboos as profanity and sex. Mainstream horror novels and thrillers often contain a Christian element—the power of Satan, or the international search for an ancient scroll—but unless they seem to have religious intent, they are excluded.
Privately published titles and Internet tomes are not included, although in a perfect world, some would be. Through history, people have felt strongly enough about it to die for it, and to kill for it. Thus, even a badly written exercise, an outright rant, can be arresting and original, and Books in Print, amazon. But no one reviews such books, and thus they lack that fundamental attribute librarians require: Nor will readers ask for them.
ISBN Though spiritual or New Age fiction often covers the same territory that Christian fiction does, and is often grouped with it as inspirational fiction, there remains a yawning gulf between the two.
Starhawk loyalists think evangelical is a synonym for right wing. Spiritual fiction, in other words, is another book. Jewish fiction is not included, although the question was pondered for some time.
Jewish fiction is highly literary.
Because of the Jewish diaspora, Jewish fiction is also highly international, with settings in Russia, Argentina, the United States, and, of course, Israel.
These two factors alone take Jewish fiction so far from the world of Janette Oke and even Brock and Bodie Thoene that it seems incomparable.
Further, the horrors of history caused post-war Jewish writers to question the existence of God, or at least to elucidate His indifference, and for many of their successors, the Jewish legacy is less religious than historical. Judaism and Christianity share a great deal, and much Jewish fiction will appeal to Christian readers, but in the end this subject, too, seems to call for another book.
They are also indicated in the text with these symbols: The index will guide you by subject, title, and author. Full citations are given in most cases. New Christian fiction stays in print from three to perhaps five years; thus, most items listed here are available.
Where no bindery designation is given, the title is in cloth. Good reading to you! In Christian fiction, the conflict must have something to do with Christian principles. But he refuses to convert, and Christine breaks off the engagement—the right thing to do, Oke suggests.
The conflict can be indirect, didactic, subtle, political, and multifaceted, but its Christian content is what turns Christian fiction into a genre. That is—at least in evangelical fiction—readers know the outcome to begin with; it is the details of the struggle that interest them.
By contrast, in literary fiction the outcome is not always clear, and for some genre readers this is deeply unsatisfying. The writer of evangelical fiction must operate under certain rules or constraints. He sits on the right hand of God, awaiting the proper moment for his return—this time as a warrior.
This matters, because evangelical fiction so dominates contemporary Christian fiction that in the minds of many readers the two are synonymous, even as the terms fundamentalist and evangelical are nearly the same.
The possibility exists for Unitarians to begin evangelizing, no doubt, but it seems remote. To offer one example, since the s, Frederick Buechner has written lyrically of suffering, exploratory Christians. Should evangelicals give him a try? At the extreme, one can find iconoclasts such as Michael Moorcock, the science fiction writer who in wrote what has become an underground classic, Behold the Man p.
A time-traveler goes looking for Christ, finds a depraved Mary and her idiot son named Jesus, and proceeds himself to become the Jesus required of history. Mormon fiction also exists, although it is little known outside of Utah. This book ranges widely; in other words, into Christian fiction that some might not consider Christian.
For them, many evangelical novels will prove too rigid and unimaginative. Nonetheless, when readers ask for Christian fiction, most of the time what they mean is evangelical fiction. Novelists such as Lloyd C. Douglas, Agnes Sligh Turnbull, Taylor Caldwell, and Grace Livingston Hill sold extremely well, and indeed they still have a great deal of currency in public libraries. Catholic and Jewish writers, producing work of the highest literary merit, were also popular.
The great C. Lewis himself published in the mainstream, rather than with religious publishers. But in the s American mainstream writers took a different turn. It was a tumultuous time. To the intellectual vanguard, organized religion seemed reactionary and, finally, irrelevant.
With exceptions such as John Updike, Walker Percy, and the evangelical Catherine Marshall, our most influential writers saw no place for God in fiction. They wrote novels that questioned the existence of God—if He could allow a war like the Vietnam War, or the Holocaust, or the suppression of African Americans. They celebrated the meaninglessness of life.
It was a grand inquiry, but it began to lose its punch. The generation of writers following them—with their complex literary experiments, their high style, their celebrations of the drug culture and homosexuality, and their contempt for family values—lost contact with the reading public.
Mainstream fiction of this sort retreated to the academy, where it began its death throes. Twenty years later, every new Oke novel has a first printing of , copies. Altogether, as the millennium began, her book sales totaled more than 19 million copies Johnson Though Oke owes a clear debt to Laura Ingalls Wilder, and perhaps even more to Beth Streeter Aldrich, she could still be said to have invented the prairie romance—a genre romance celebrating old-fashioned, pioneer virtues.
Largely because of Oke as well, the concept of the sequel quickly took hold among evangelical publishers. Sequels maximize profits, but they appeal to the same readers time after time, and they are seldom treated with critical seriousness.
Thus, while Oke and others made the field a popular success, they also ensured its marginalization critically. About 80 percent of evangelical fiction is sold there. However, these strong organizations are also quite insular. The Evangelical Novel 3 Schaap speaks eloquently to the plight of Christian writers who would treat the world realistically, such as himself, Larry Woiwode, and Augusta Trobaugh.
Genres—mysteries and romances, in particular—are what readers want. Christian fiction is an alternative universe, but its readers are often fans of Danielle Steele, John Grisham, and Scott Turow. The problem they have with mainstream fiction is not its lack of literary quality but its lack of Christian content. Sales of evangelical fiction rose steadily through the s and were booming by the end of the s. Rowling Rabey Left Behind went on as strongly into , spawning audios, an R-rated movie for the violence , and a juvenile series itself responsible for more than 5 million in sales.
Yet there are growing pains. Despite its increased sophistication and quality, evangelical fiction is reviewed only by pre-publication media aimed at libraries and bookstores, and by Christian media. Newspapers and the literary establishment regard it as a sideshow, and routinely ignore it. In part, this continues a long-standing literary prejudice against religious fiction.
Huge sales for a handful of writers have attracted agents, causing writers to jump among evangelical publishing houses for the best advances. Some houses, such as Bethany, routinely pass on their profits to church work, and are unaccustomed to giving out large advances. Houses such as WaterBrook, a Doubleday imprint, operate exactly as other evangelical houses, except that books are their only business.
Thus, they have more money to spend. Moreover, the possibility for profits attracts mainstream publishers, and crossovers such as Brock and Bodie Thoene to Viking become more likely. Will evangelical publishers move more strongly into the secular chains and start shelling out huge advances? Is spiritual warfare between evangelical and mainstream houses on the horizon?
Time will tell. And in the end it may not matter to librarians or booksellers, whose job it is to give readers what they want, wherever it comes from. Finally, the CBA code restricts the ways writers can express their faith. But The Will p. Its protagonist, a lawyer and former seminary student in the midst of a profound spiritual search, makes this observation: It could never be like it had been, that he realized absolutely.
It could never be the kind of faith that asked no questions and believed blindly. He could never take his requests to the God of his childhood, that imaginary beast, half ogre, half heavenly honey bear. He never knew whether to be terrified of that God or to beg Him for treats, like a puppy. That was gone forever.
But a tremor of something else moved very quietly within, a vibration that he was tempted to quell before it developed pitch and voice. Arvin Such a nuanced expression of faith is hard to find in a novel from an ECPA publisher, and those readers to whom it appeals should look elsewhere.
She hates sports, so she sits reading Christian romances. This reader probably reads formula romances and Christian romances interchangeably. It is clean and inoffensive. Often, it is like a soap opera, much like the soap operas on the TV the woman sits before. Maybe the patron is bone-weary, and the sweet lies of a romance, the pure dream of love, are all that remains of her youthful hopes.
Possibly a light Christian romance is her fledgling attempt at a spiritual search. Our customers are not, by and large, bright-eyed, eager, deeply spiritual intellectuals who want to be challenged, educated, and stretched.
They are ordinary people—usually women and usually middle-aged—who want a good story with strong values, likable characters, a fast-moving plot and a satisfying ending. The Blue Bottle Club was formed more than 70 years ago at the tail end of the prosperous s. Four giddy young girls challenged each other to write down what they wanted to be in life, and they hid their secret ambitions in a blue bottle.
Then, of course, the Depression hit. When the house where the club met is finally razed, the blue bottle comes into the hands of Brendan Delaney, a TV reporter disillusioned with the singles life and with her unsatisfying career. But she senses a good story and tracks down the four women of the club.
The focus is on women, important because the readers will be female. Moreover, bearing in mind the audience that Stokes has described, Brendan is the right kind of woman: But in the end, without being preachy or sanctimonious, the novel does indeed turn its readers toward the religious life. Her description does not account for the superb C. Lewis, whose many readers hunger for—and never find—a fantasy writer to match him.
A Publishers Weekly survey Baker showed that the general fiction market is 55 percent female, and any circulation librarian can tell you that the percentage of men reading romances is almost too small to measure. As for evangelical fiction, 90 percent of purchasers are female, and the average age is 42 Duffy and Sachs Even so, there are genres other than romance in Christian fiction that appeal more to men: Christian westerns, for example, can do a great deal to invigorate out-of-date western shelves and are generally popular with men who read westerns.
Evangelical readers are convinced that the return of Christ is imminent. They see a society in grave moral disarray. They dominate, but once the Christian theme has been established, Christian fiction—whether 1 6 Chapter 1—The Christian Alternative evangelical or ecumenical—divides into the genres of mainstream publishing: And it observes the conventions of these subgenres: Right; and the lone rider, used hard by the corrupt men of encroaching civilization, brought at last into the fold by the love of a good woman.
Librarians kept calling the magazine asking for guidance. A column in Library Journal began almost simultaneously. Now, books and Web sites proliferate. American Historical Fiction: Oryx Press.
A detailed genre index guides readers to Christian titles. Aue, Pamela Willwerth, and Henry L. Carrigan, Jr. Wide-ranging source with pages devoted to nonfiction, to fiction. The fiction section covers titles, of which about 85 percent are Christian titles. The Christian titles include a handful of classics and a selection through the twentieth century.
Aue and Carrigan number their titles sequentially. They provide indexes for title, author, character description, character name, subject, category, and time period. DeLong, Janice, and Rachel Schwedt. Contemporary Christian Authors: Lives and Works. The most intriguing feature is the interviews, which are uniformly frank and revealing, and, because they are often long, give the book a certain authentic feel.
Selection Criteria and a Core Collection. It identifies subgenres and good examples of the genre, and it addresses the needs of Christian fiction readers who want to write for the field, as well as mainstream writers who want to cross over. Herr, Ethel. An Introduction to Christian Writing. ACW Press, paper.
ISBN X. Morris, Gilbert. How to Write and Sell a Christian Novel. Stokes, Penelope. Editor and fiction writer Stokes offers her editorial and religious philosophy, tempered with talk of markets, manuscripts, and publishers.
Stuart, Sally E. WaterBrook, paper. Its only drawback is that it does not cover small press or literary publishers that sometimes publish Christian fiction, such as Hampton Roads discussed later in this chapter. Bookstore Journal. This journal is the official publication of the Christian Booksellers Association and offers uncritical reviews of Evangelical Christian Publishers Association titles.
Catholic Library World. Christian Library Journal. Published quarterly, Christian Library Journal is one of the best sources for reviews of Christian fiction, running 15 to 30 young adult reviews and 15 to 30 adult reviews in each issue. Some of the young adult titles are from the mainstream press; all of the adult titles are evangelical. Christian romances predominate. Christianity and the Arts. This publication often runs articles on Christian fiction.
Web Sites 9 Library Journal. This journal offers a regular column and some coverage in fiction and advance pages. Library Materials Guide. Publishers Weekly. Romantic Times. All Web sites were accessed December Bethany House—www. The majority of Christian novels that public library patrons ask for are in these series, and they will want to know the order. They maintain a variety of genre lists. Most of the Christian fiction covered is evangelical, and coverage is far from exhaustive, but this is a dynamic site that keeps growing.
The site lists evangelical series, but perhaps the most useful feature is the listing of new titles by month of publication. Some reviews can be found here as well.
Christian Bookstore Association—www. Christian Classics Ethereal Library—www. Christian Library Journal—www. Christianity and the Arts—www. Evangelical Christian Publishers Association—www.
Their discount is smaller than the bigger jobbers, but their service is more personalized, and for the librarian in a hurry without much knowledge of Christian fiction, IBD can be the answer.
IBD is also a good site for staying informed about forthcoming titles. Omnilist of Christian Links—http: Romantic Times—www. DATABASES No database is good enough to substitute for informed librarians who read reviews and fiction regularly, but, on the other hand, no individual can be equally well informed in all areas. It is increasingly available in midsized to large public libraries. It is a commercial database, but, for an electronic source, a relatively cheap one.
It makes finding Christian fiction easy and often offers reviews from Booklist and other media. It is a constantly evolving database, and developments late in made its keyword searching feature comprehensive, not merely in titles and subject headings but in reviews and features as well.
There are no articles or tips on book talks. Effectively, it may be cheaper than NoveList in states where libraries access it through consortia. Many Christian titles are contained in the database, though evangelical users may be mildly annoyed when their searches bring up quantities of New Age titles as well. What Do I Read Next? The Web sites of Amazon.
The sales rankings both sites offer is an interesting feature, giving at ublishers Christian Fiction Publishers 11 least one guide to popularity. Both sites also contain a suggested further reading feature as well as customer comments and occasional comments from authors.
These can be useful, but lack the rigor of NoveList. The customer comments, in fact, are often crude and, to be kind, anti-intellectual, and must make authors cringe. Books in Print has moved aggressively to incorporate the best innovations of these other sources into its Web product.
Though laid out clearly and with many search options, Books in Print tends to operate more slowly than Amazon. Most are members of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Its profits support Bethany College for Missions and Bethany Fellowship International, an interdenominational organization sending evangelical missionaries around the world.
Bethany prints most of its own books in a modern facility near the editorial offices and often prints the overflow work from other ECPA companies such as Multnomah and Tyndale. Bethany has been the leader in evangelical fiction publishing, laying down the series model and the romance model for their ECPA colleagues. Box Uhrichsville, OH www. Also, their authors are often first-timers and unknowns, and some do not reappear.
These are mass market paperbacks that look much like Harlequins and are a great buy for paperback racks.
Barbour also publishes an attractive trade paperback series of novellas—four novellas in each—themed around such topics as frontiers, the Northwest, Greece, prairie brides, and friendship, all priced a bit under their equivalents with other Christian publishers.
These are mass markets and are more often to be seen in libraries than Barbour titles. They are also somewhat less stringently edited for innuendo, but are otherwise similar to Barbour titles. The romances themselves tend to feature strong heroines maintaining their faith against all odds; the reward for their faith is a good man, a baby, or a sharp upturn in fortunes. Harlequins are perishable, thus only representative titles are covered in this book.
Box Sisters, OR http: Multnomah has also experimented with humor in its romances, particularly from Jones and McCourtney. Multnnomah Publishers is a hard charger in the world of evangelical fiction and threatens to overtake Bethany. Box 80 Wheaton, IL ext. Grand Rapids, MI www. The house is particularly strong in its mystery line, and, perhaps because of its association with HarperCollins, draws a number of crossover talents, such as Blackstock and Sprinkle.
Zondervan has won more Gold Medallions, mostly in nonfiction, than any other house. Academy Blvd. Davis Bunn and Jane Kirkpatrick, have moved to it, at least temporarily. Wheaton, IL www. One of their most popular current authors is W. In the house published 13 fiction titles, including historical romances from Bonnie Leon and Kay Rizzo and some superior legal thrillers from James Scott Bell.
A significant editorial change was announced in the fall of Box Nashville, TN www. It is a large company. Nelson owns W Publishing Group.
W Publishing, in fact, is a good source for Christian thrillers, often with a biting political edge. Box Grand Rapids, MI www. Lliteras p. What Christian fiction the house does publish, at the rate of three or four per year, is among the best in the field. The house also publishes intriguing explorations of Native American religions and fiction that mix New Age and Christian sensibilities.
The best thing about Hampton Roads is that it brings forth fresh, exploratory voices that are free of cant. LaSalle Blvd. Chicago, IL www. Awards 15 The following publishers release significant work, but their fiction outputs are small.
Camp Hill, PA www. Box Tulsa, OK www. Box Orleans, MA www. Box 66 Fayetteville, NC http: Box Enumclaw, WA www. Box Nampa, ID www. Trangression, by Randall Ingermanson Harvest House Unashamed, by Francine Rivers Tyndale Reaping the Whirlwind, by Rosey Dow Winepress Davis Bunn Bethany Romance Fiction CBA retailers are the judges, and, perhaps because of that, winners tend to be bestsellers.
Paul, by Walter Wangerin, Jr. Jenkins The Oath, by Frank Peretti Twilight of Courage, by Bodie and Brock Thoene Warsaw Requiem, by Bodie Thoene Munich Signature, by Bodie Thoene Piercing the Darkness, by Frank E. Peretti The Key to Zion, by Bodie Thoene Taliesin, by Stephen R. Lawhead The Gates of Zion, by Bodie Thoene Johnny Come Home, by R. Sproul MacIntosh Mountain, by Victor J. Kelly The Iron Sceptre, by John White Alpha Centuri, by Robert Siegel Caught in the Crossfire, by Levi Keidel The Kiowa, by Elgin Groseclose Danger in the Shadows, by Dee Henderson Patterns of Love, by Robin Lee Hatcher Homeward, by Melody Carlson The Scarlet Thread, by Francine Rivers An Echo in the Darkness, by Francine Rivers [category suspended, —] The Book of Ruth, whatever its historical or spiritual truth, is a compressed but highly sophisticated short story about a Hebrew woman, Naomi, and the Moab wife of one of her sons, Ruth.
When her husband and sons die, Naomi must return in poverty to Bethlehem. She encourages her two daughters-in-law to return to their native land, but Ruth, in a beautiful statement of loyalty, refuses: Her loyalty, her humility, and her ingenuity—in finding a way to feed herself and Naomi, and in finding another husband, Boaz—are rewarded, and thus, among other things, her story becomes an archetype for romance fiction.
The less joyous and ultimately puzzling story of Job also continues to instruct fiction writers. The Devil makes a deal with God to send plagues upon Job, his most faithful servant, to see if Job will deny his Master. Job never does, despite his complete ruin, and thus the ages are given a model for suffering and service. However, scholars quarrel over what this joke that God plays on even his most faithful means.
Although evangelical writers avoid the idea of a Jehovah who could seem capricious or malevolent, Jewish fiction writers find the tale endlessly evocative, of a God not so much capricious as inscrutable. Secular writers see Job as an existential parable. The Old Testament is a treasure trove for fiction writers. And so is the New Testament. The Crucifixion has been rendered in fiction dozens of times, both reverentially and with blasphemy, and Revelation is the backbone of a host of contemporary apocalyptic novels.
Bunyan was a persecuted nonconformist preacher who did most of his writing in jail. His masterpiece first appeared in and became immensely popular, though it did little to relieve his poverty. Fielding, Richardson, and Sterne duly noted, it was really not until the nineteenth century that British fiction came into its own, beginning at last to cast off the notion, always with us to an extent, that fiction is no more than frivolous entertainment.
Primrose, is a bumbler, and it is partly through his trusting incompetence that the family he is so proud of loses its fortune, his daughter is seduced, his house is burned down, and he is thrown in jail.
Tempering all the melodrama, however, is Dr. Nonetheless, his melodramatic tale, set in A. There were many such novels, most of them deservedly forgotten. Early Christianity in Victorian Novels: Rhodes This description captures many contemporary Christian historicals.
Much fiction was written in explication of the Oxford Movement, a call for purity that passed through the Anglican Church in the s and s. The essence of the Oxford Movement was that the Anglican Church had grown too political and too beholden to the state. The schism was aggravated by virulently anti-Catholic writers, notably the Anglican prelate Charles Kingsley, with his fifth century tale Hypatia and especially with his vivid account of Elizabethan adventures at sea, Westward Ho!
British Classics 21 Cardinal John Henry Newman, originally the leader of the Oxford Movement, later to shock the Anglican Church by converting to Catholicism, was intellectually much at odds with Kingsley. In some ways, his novel Callista , University of Notre Dame, pp. The Romantic Movement was already dying by the time George Eliot published her first novel, Scenes of Clerical Life, in , set in a sharply etched rural England and featuring three realistically drawn ministers.
Actually, the novel is three novellas: Young Ernest is forced into the clergy. His ignorance, lack of belief, and repressed sexuality bring him to ruin when he naively confuses a decent woman with a prostitute and grows violent with her.
In the end, he manages a modest comeback, but not before he has rejected every facet of his upbringing. Queen Victoria died in , perfectly symbolizing the end of the era named for her and the birth of a most unromantic century. The popularity of MacDonald, whose realistic novels were romantic by twentieth century standards, was eclipsed by the new century as well.
Religion had lost favor to science Phillips Among a select group of writers, however, notably C. And his popularity was actually growing again by the end of the twentieth century, in considerable measure because of the efforts of evangelical novelist Michael Phillips. No writer could be comfortable with such treatment, but Phillips would have been the first to recommend the originals over his modernizations: He was simply trying to reintroduce a forgotten master.
He even wrote a biography George MacDonald: MacDonald was an intriguing writer in several genres: He wrote about 50 books, 31 of them adult novels. All contain religious inquiries, ranging from astounding fantasies of Heaven to speculations on the afterlife of animals. Lewis, whose reading of The Phantastes set him on the road to conversion. MacDonald, a true Christian mystic, was also an original. They still do.
The Complete Fairy Tales. Penguin Classics, paper. Three Novels in One Volume. Michael Phillips, ed. The solitary and loveless Mr. Vane returns to his ancestral home, and in the pursuit of quiet scholarship finds himself slipping into the spirit world. His magic house makes the journey five times, encountering, among myriad others, Adam and Eve, who give the impetus to Mr. Beasts, angels, and fairy-like women greet him at every interval and draw him through paradoxical adventures.
He falls in love, but only to find himself once more in his odd house, unsure if he is awake, asleep, or dead. A Faerie Romance.
Eerdmans, paper. Allegorical in the tradition of Bunyan, and hopeful, it is also darkly psychological, like the musings of Edgar Allan Poe, and dreamlike. At the Back of the North Wind. Tor, paper. The Princess and Curdie. Originally published in Penguin Puffin Classics , paper.
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