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Faithful Fiction (Read an inspirational fiction book)

Coming out of the season that gives us holidays like Christmas and Hannukah can leave us with the appetite for comforting stories with a strong core of faith. To earn this badge, just find a book that satisfies that appetite and provides that comfort.

If I Were You by Lynn Austin

Two friends join the ambulance drivers during the London Blitz, reunited by the Nazi threat after a childhood disagreement. Years after the end of the war, they encounter each other again, this time in America and faced with life changing lies. This dual-timeline World War II story includes friendship, romance, terrible loss, lies, and the power of faith to overcome hardship.

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The Timepiece by Beverly Lewis

An Amish family is confronted by secrets from the past that can also have an enormous impact on their future. Silvia, an only daughter, is not only faced with complicated feelings about another woman’s presence in the family, but must also decide about her future when the man who’s been courting her abruptly stops his pursuit.

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Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

This Pride and Prejudice-inspired Muslim love story pits a modern and independent Ayesha against the conservative and judgmental Khalid. Ayesha, who wants to be a poet but is pursuing a teaching career to pay off a debt with a rich uncle, doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Khalid is certain that his family can arrange a marriage with someone much more suitable than Ayesha. Unfortunately, neither of them can stop thinking about each other.


Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

Grace Martindale’s parents died unexpectedly, leaving her responsible for her two younger sisters. She enters a marriage with a minister who’s heading West, hoping for a fresh start, but when he dies of cholera on the way she is left a widow in an unfamiliar place. She has valuable skills as a healer and midwife, so she decides to stay and help the local people along with a French-American fur trapper.

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Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

With a movie fresh in the theaters, now is the perfect time to read the beloved novel of a fallen woman in 1850s California who must come to trust, against her nature and experience, the man of faith who has married her, and who is determined to love her unconditionally.

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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The life of biblical figure Dinah is explored in everyday detail in The Red Tent. The insulated world of women comes to life through Dinah, who is a beloved daughter, a skilled midwife, a wife, and a mother who must witness her son’s entry into a world where she cannot follow.


One Little Lie by Colleen Coble

Jane Hardy has no sooner been appointed interim sheriff after her father’s retirement than her father is arrested for theft and possible murder. She suspects the involvement of a cult from her family’s past, and soon has the help of a journalist who began documenting her career only to get involved with the effort to clear her father’s name.

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Aftermath by Terri Blackstock

Jamie, a criminal attorney, feels compelled to defend her lifetime friend Dustin when he’s accused of setting bombs that killed dozens, but she hasn’t seen him since he left foster care when they were young. She struggles not only with trust for Dustin, but also with the increasing evidence that Dustin is being set up, and in a way that could be more devastating than the accusations themselves.

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Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar

Chariline is an orphan who knows only that her father was a Cushite, as evidenced by her beautiful dark skin, and that her parents had a tragic love. While visiting her grandfather at the queen’s court, she discovers that her father is alive and may be in Rome. Against the wishes of her family and the queen, she stows away on a ship headed to Rome, determined to learn about her family’s past.

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At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

The first in the beloved, classic Mitford series introduces Father Tim, a bachelor rector who’s looking for something more out of life. Enter a very large dog, a lovable young boy, an attractive neighbor, a jewel theft, and a sixty-year-old secret.

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