Tuesday, March 28, 2023

57- The Christian Bookworm Podcast

We're doing something a little different today and I'm telling you about the Christian books and authors I think you might like if you like comparable secular authors and genres! 

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Tell me about a Christian book you've read and enjoyed for episode 60- email skbell36@gmail.com , leave a comment below, or leave a message for the show

Sabrina episode // O'Malley series prequel, Danger in Shadows by Dee Henderson  

Children's books- I Pray You'll Be by Hannah C Hall // If your kiddo liked The Magic Tree House books, try The Imagination Station series 

Nonfiction- The Stories We Tell by Joanna Gaines // The Magnolia Story // Magnolia magazine // If you like Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit, Unbroken), try Eric Metaxas (Bonhoeffer


If you like emotionally charged relationship + issue-driven novels by Kristin Hannah, Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult, and Liana Moriarty, try Christina Suzann Nelson (More Than We Remember // What Happens Next), Lisa Wingate, Karen Kingsbury (Baxter Family Saga starts with Redemption), Robin Lee Hatcher (I have read and enjoyed A Promise Kept and I'll Be Seeing You), Francine Rivers 

If you like thrillers, suspense, horror, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz, try Ted Dekker (Black) and Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness

If you like fast-paced murder mysteries like Lisa Scottoline, Mary Higgins Clark, or Sandra Brown, try Terri Blackstock (Intervention series and Moonlighters series were great!) // Colleen Coble (Rock Harbor series and Strands of Truth were good)//  Brandilyn Collins (Over the Edge // Dark Justice), or Elizabeth Goddard 

If you like legal thrillers like John Grisham, try Robert Whitlow 

If you like guy books/ political action thrillers like Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler, try Joel Rosenberg (my grandpa loved The Auschwitz Escape and The Last Jihad series), Ace Collins, and Stephen James (I said Stephen Lawhead by mistake but he writes fantasy)

If you like emotional dramas with a love story attached like Nicholas Sparks, try Charles Martin (The Dead Don't Dance was the one that had me sobbing on the treadmill!)

If you like fun, flirty, romantic comedy chick lit like Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, and Emily Giffin, try Bethany Turner (Plot Twist was delightful, also enjoyed The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode! Let me see if I can remember all the things I wanted to say when I was driving listening last night! :D
    First off I definitely identify with your book packing for trips! When we go on vacation in the summer I always fill my backpack with books plus my kindle ;-) Can't run out of reading material!
    I just finished Plot Twist and loved it! I have read a couple by Robert Whitlow and his books are excellent as well. I have one by Charles Martin on my library stack and am anxious to read it now that you compare him to Nicholas Sparks! I read many of his books back in the day.

    1. Ha, book packing is such serious business! 😂

      Which Charles Martin's book do you have? He does have a nonfiction so hopefully you have a fiction and hopefully it feels like a Nicholas Sparks for you!


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