11 Must-Read Christian Romance Books
Not all romance novels contain detailed descriptions of what the characters get up to in the bedroom. There are many authors who know how to tell a captivating story by focusing on a couple's emotional attachment, rather than their physical attraction. The eleven fantastic works of Christian romance listed here make that abundantly clear. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
Romance For Christians: Our 11 Picks
Fun Date Ideas For Your Real-Life Romance
- Cook dinner together
- Go for a hike or a bike ride
- Get together for a karaoke night
- Go bowling
- Have a picnic on a sunny day
- Play a boardgame or video game together
- Go to a roller rink
- Have a candlelit dinner
- Join a book club together
8 Great Clean Romance Movies
- Penelope (2006)
- Emma (1996)
- All That Heaven Allows (1955)
- An Affair to Remember (1957)
- Enchanted (2007)
- The Artist (2011)
- Beauty and the Beast (1991)
- Becoming Jane (2007)
Why Should Christians Read Fiction?
Whether you're someone who holds their faith close or you simply want to get in touch with your spiritual side, there are so many wonderful romantic stories out there about love lost and regained. For those who like their tender tales with a touch of faith and spirituality, here, in no particular order, are some of the best Christian romance books to keep an eye out for.
At #1, we find "Another Angel of Love" by Henry K. Ripplinger. Two years ago, Henry met Jenny, an incredible woman who he connected with more than anyone he'd ever met. But Jenny and her family moved, and her parents have been careful to destroy all correspondence between the two lovers, except for a single letter with a pewter angel inside the envelope. When Henry meets another woman who promises an easier romantic path, his loyalty to his one true love will be tested, and he'll have to choose between his soulmate and his new partner.
At #2 is Carolyn Astfalk's "Stay With Me." After moving out of her abusive father's home, Rebecca didn't expect to find love so quickly. After meeting Chris, a captivating man with a powerful relationship to faith, she's ready to take the plunge. But Chris knows Rebecca has been hurt by her parents and her destructive upbringing. With her father still trying to drive a wedge between them, it's up to the couple to create a bond too strong for the hateful deeds of others to break.
But Chris knows Rebecca has been hurt by her parents and her destructive upbringing.
For #3, we have Chana Keefer's "One Night with a Rock Star." Growing up as a troubled punk teen, Esther depended on rock star Sky's music to get her through the hard times. As a grown woman forging her own path as a journalist and model, she never expected to cross paths with her idol once again, this time in a much more personal setting. When Sky and Esther meet, it seems like their two worlds couldn't be more different. How can a hedonistic rock star lifestyle make sense with Esther's faith-based upbringing? If the two can find a way to come together despite their differences, perhaps they can forge a new path.
At #4 is "A May Bride" by Meg Moseley. Ellie has dreamed of the perfect wedding since she was a little girl. She's even been saving up for the occasion so she'll be absolutely ready when the right man comes along. When the dashing Gray Whitby shows up outside a church while Ellie is tending the flower garden, she knows he's too good to let go of. As the two fall deeply in love, Ellie's family finds reasons to disapprove of the mysterious man in her life. Will Gray and Ellie be able to plan their wedding in peace, or will family objections end up tearing them apart?
For #5, we get MaryLu Tyndall's "Red Siren." Faith Westcott is a pirate, which is rare for a woman in Charleston in 1718. Keeping things discreet can be a challenge, and Faith has a feeling that the naval officer her father assigned to watch over her and her unmarried sister is someone she's met before during one of her high seas adventures. But after watching her sisters married off for a dowry, she has no interest in being normal.
But after watching her sisters married off for a dowry, she has no interest in being normal.
If Faith can find the money she needs to protect her family, perhaps she'll be able to settle down with Dajon White and live a less dangerous life, but the call of the sea grows stronger by the day.
At #6 is "Unraveled" by Heidi McCahan. After discovering some unpleasant truths about her fiance, Lauren heads to Emerald Cove, the small Alaskan town where she grew up. There, she finds Blake, one of her first childhood romances. He never forgot Lauren or the time they spent together. But as the two find themselves gravitating toward each other, they still have to come to terms with the secrets that haunt Lauren's engagement if they want to achieve true mutual trust and grace.
At #7 is Catherine Richmond's "Through Rushing Water." In 1876, Sophia's plans for a proper marriage go awry after she catches her congressman beau proposing to her roommate. She runs away to the wilderness of the Dakota territory, where she's surrounded by nature and the primal elements of the outdoor world. But in her new surroundings, she starts to find herself drawn toward another life she never expected, one defined by faith, worship, and trust in God.
But in her new surroundings, she starts to find herself drawn toward another life she never expected, one defined by faith, worship, and trust in God.
Coming in at #8 is Merle Temple's "A Rented World." Narcotics officer Michael Parker is determined to expose the world of underground crime that's killing his community. From sniffing out corrupt politicians to going head-to-head with the chilling Dixie Mafia, Parker is going to have to face some of his worst fears in his pursuit of the truth. Will he be able to emerge from his journey to justice uncorrupted, or will the darkness get a hold of him?
For #9, we get "Freedom's Light" by Colleen Coble. When Hannah married John, she knew that their new life would take them up north, far away from her childhood home and her Christian upbringing. But after the couple find themselves in the unfamiliar world of puritanical Massachusetts on the eve of the Revolutionary War, it soon becomes clear they won't be given time to adjust. When John is killed fighting for freedom, Hannah has no idea where to turn. With societal pressures urging her to remarry and a handsome spy on the loose, will Hannah be able to keep her moral code intact?
At #10 is Irene Hannon's "Hope Harbor." Three generations of cranberry farmers have worked to make Hope Harbor, Oregon, a special place for Tracy. She never expected to have to revive the farm from scratch in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy. When Tracy finds herself shouldering the financial burden of the farm, she doesn't anticipate a handsome, tortured visitor from Chicago to change all her life plans and help her rehabilitate her family home. If Tracy can learn to trust Michael and let faith into her heart, maybe Hope Harbor can survive after all.
Three generations of cranberry farmers have worked to make Hope Harbor, Oregon, a special place for Tracy.
Finally, at #11 is "Flee From Evil" by Connie Almony. Pastor Vince was told that God always gives second chances, but he's not certain about his own fate. After betraying a woman long ago, Vince is determined to use his fresh start to make things right. Upon meeting Cassandra, a widow with her own family to take care of, Vince sees how he could use his own redemptive mission to build a better life for all of them, no matter what dark forces seek to destroy the mysterious Cassandra and her kin.