C is for Christian Fiction

I feel like the label ‘Christian Fiction’ can be a bit off-putting. Admittedly, I’ve read my fair share of this genre that I found severely lacking, but there is also a great deal of really really good content out there!

This is going to be My Guide to the Christian Novel (for Newbies)!

‘Christian fiction’ is a really broad title – like ‘classic’, ‘YA’ or ‘Adult’, you’re inevitably going to find a whole spectrum of sub-genres to explore, and by extension, there’s every chance you’ll find something you enjoy!

As with every genre, there’s going to be stuff you hate, and stuff you can’t put down, but I’m going to go ahead an recommend a few titles that I really loved.

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis Duh. I feel like this series makes its way onto every list I’ve ever made, but I don’t care. For those of you yet to read these books, it’s a timeless children’s fantasy series of seven short novels, with a little bit of allegory and a lot of awesome. Go.

Obsessed – Ted Dekker Do you like adult thriller novels about history and finding out about your family roots and adventure? Great, you can just go grab this. Right now.

The Wormling Series – Jerry B Jenkins and Chris Fabry This is another fantasy series, slightly allegorical and really beautifully narrated. I’d put these more in the YA section than children’s just because of length and a few scarier scenes. I’ve read all the books multiple times, and really loved them!

The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan This is a bit of a classic. Written during Bunyan’s spell in prison, this book is an allegory of the spiritual journey of a Christian. There’s monsters and kidnapping and battles and stuff, so it pretty much caters for you whatever you’re into. Worth a read!

The Dopple Ganger Chronicles – G.P. Taylor I can’t get enough of this series! They’re ingenious combinations of the graphic novel, conventional prose and beautiful typography (coined ‘illustra-novellas’, if you were interested). I love the art, and the stories…just everything. there are three books at the moment, and I’ve given all of them five stars so far.

That’s all from me! There’s so much variety out there in this genre, and I guess I just wanted to encourage you to explore.

Also, any recommendations you can leave me will be much appreciated!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

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B is for Bible

Okay, so however you feel about this book, no one can deny the societal, historical and theological impact that the Bible has had on the world. What I’ve collected today is a group of facts that I found really interesting – I hope you enjoy!

  • The Bible was written over a 1600 year period (1500 BC to AD 100) by around 40 people. (Source)
  • Around fifty Bibles are sold every minute.
  • The verse smack-bang in the middle of the Bible is Psalm 118:8. There are 549 chapters before Psalm 118, and 549 chapters after Psalm 118 – making the total number of chapters 1188. So cool! (Also, if you’re interested, the verse says: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people.”)
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate birthdays, because the only two accounts of birthday parties in the Bible resulted in murder. You know – I can kind of see where they’re coming from. (Source)
  • In 1631, two London Bible printers accidentally left the word “not” out of the seventh commandment, which then read, “Thou shalt commit adultery.” You can buy a copy for $90,000. Interesting, but potentially not worth the money? Ah well, to each their own. (Find it here!)
  • The Seraphim (6 winged Angel of the Bible) could mean a Fiery Serpent. The word Seraph is actually a synonym for serpent, so…God could have an army of dragons. It is a subject of debate among theologians, and you know what? I’m cool with this either way. (Source)
  • The Bible is the most shop-lifted book.

That’s all I’ve got – what have I missed?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

A is for Atwood

I see a lot of bloggers and vloggers going for the whole ‘A-Z of my bookshelf’ thing, and I felt like it was a pretty cool idea! I’m taking up my version of the challenge – basically, I’m going to write 26 posts (not necessarily consecutively), one for each letter of the alphabet, and talk about a book, author or theme represented. Yeah…all will become clear.

Today is day one, so for ‘A’ I’ve chosen Margaret Atwood!

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer, born on 18 November 1939. In case you were interested.

I was first introduced to this lovely lady in my A Level English class – we got to study her dystopian novel, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, and although it deals with difficult themes, I really enjoyed diving deeper into Atwood’s gorgeous writing.

While this lady started her writing career in poetry, she has since moved onto a wider variety of projects including novels, essays, and even a libretto for an opera! She’s also credited with the invention of the LongPen, which allows the author to sign books and chat with fans without actually being present.

Atwood’s father was an entomologist, which means he studied insects. Due to this heritage, Margaret, reportedly, has nothing against eating insects, and is particularly partial to roasted great locusts. Each to their own, I guess.

Another fun thing to remember is that her first book signing was in a shop…in the men’s sock and underwear department.

We nearing the end of things I have to say about this author, but let’s end up with this: Margaret Atwood is the first fiction writer ever to be place on Canada’s Walk of Fame. You go, girl!

What’s your favourite Margaret Atwood book?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani