September 6 is Read a Book Day; it says so at Holiday Insights, the website that lists all sorts of funny and obscure holidays. Although no one knows the origins of this day dedicated to reading a book, for bibliophiles all over northern California, having only one day dedicated to reading is like telling a Harley Davidson owner they can only ride their hog one day a year. It’s impossible to read on only one day!
However, celebrating the trillions of books available to readers is always a good idea, no matter what genre of books one enjoys reading. Whether an entire day of reading is something you are able to do or just a couple of hours is all you can manage, make sure to spend some time reading for pleasure on September 6.
If you are looking for a new Christian fiction title to try, here are some books in all sorts of genres this Examiner has reviewed through the years. All would be a great book to cuddle up with on Read a Book Day or any other day, too.
“Maid to Match” by Deeanne Gist is set during America’s Gilded Age. Tilly is a maid in the Vanderbilt home and she longs to be Mrs. Vanderbilt’s lady’s maid; she gets tangled up in the events surrounding an orphanage in Asheville, North Carolina and the young man whose oldest sister is living at the home for children without parents.
“Sixty Acres and a Bride” by Regina Jennings is a retelling of the story of Ruth and Boaz set in Texas only fifteen years after the end of the Civil War. Rosa has traveled back to the farm of her mother-in-law and the two women must find a way to save the family’s land before it is sold to the highest bidder.
“Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers is considered, by some, to be the best historical romance novel written from a Christian perspective. Using the story found in the book of Hosea in the Old Testament, the author recreates the story of a man driven by God to marry a woman who has known more than her fair share of men. Even as he struggles to follow God’s plan for his life, the woman he marries struggles to understand how someone could love a woman like her.
“Lost Mission” by Athol Dickson tells parallel stories that occur on the same location hundreds of years apart. One is the tale of Franciscan monks sent to Alta California to convert the native people to Catholicism and the other is what happens when a Mexican shop keeper is willing to risk everything to travel to the states to tell others about the love of Christ.
“Back on Murder” by J. Mark Bertrand is the story of a once-celebrated homicide detective who just might get one more shot at making a name for himself. A gang killing that may or may not be related to the disappearance of a televangelist’s daughter is only the beginning of Roland March’s time back on murder.
“Monster” by Frank Peretti imagines what would happen if Sasquatch was real and science created something even worse. As a woman who suffers from fear and low self-esteem is taken on a hiking trip with her husband, the unthinkable happens. She is kidnapped by something that many call Bigfoot; the monster lurking in the woods, though is something else entirely.
“Larkspur Cove” by Lisa Wingate is set on a lake in Texas. It’s the story of a recently-divorced mom returning to her family’s summer home with her teen son and trying to make a home for the two of them. It’s also the story of a game warden who can’t get over the mistakes of his past and how both he and the newest resident on the lake will have to work together to save the life of one mysterious little girl.
“Facelift” by Leanna Ellis is the hilarious account of one woman’s experience with a cheating husband, a teenage daughter, a mother-in-law with a bad facelift and returning to the work force. Will she be able to hold it all together and still be the woman God wants her to be? It’s anybody’s guess!
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