The best Christian books that use true stories to point to God

Why am I passionate about this?

I love God stories! Sharing what God has done in my life and hearing others’ stories is a passion of mine. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to grow in my faith; however, nothing matures someone faster than going through a hard season. Mine came when I was a mom of four young children and endured cancer treatments during the Covid lockdowns. I went from feeling anxious and alone to remembering God’s love. Reading others’ stories encouraged me when the weight of life brought me down, and I want to pay it forward by giving the world my story too.


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God Above Cancer: Faith When It's Ugly

By Amy Larry,

Book cover of God Above Cancer: Faith When It's Ugly

What is my book about?

Cleaning the playroom, changing dirty diapers, and listening to catchy Bible songs filled Amy Larry’s time. Her love for kids showed through her four young children and the other little ones who attended her in-home daycare. When she took a much-needed short break in the bathroom, she unexpectedly found blood in her stools. Concern quickly turned to worry. Within a week, Amy went to see her doctor, who scheduled her for a colonoscopy.

It wasn’t hemorrhoids or a tear from giving birth. It was cancer. Gross rectal cancer. And it would bring Amy to her lowest point. Cancer treatment was hard, even with the help of her family, church community, and promises from God. Read this inspiring true story that shows God’s faithfulness when life gets ugly.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You

Amy Larry Why did I love this book?

Thinking about the hope of heaven kept my mental health positive while going through cancer treatments.

This book includes several near-death experiences of people all over the world who literally died for a moment and saw the afterlife. As a witness to the spiritual realm, they give us vivid descriptions of heaven and what they saw while their physical bodies were dead.

These amazing stories from people of different ages and religions point to the reality of a beautiful place that I can’t wait to experience after I die.

By John Burke,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Imagine Heaven as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

It's obvious from the bookshelves and the big screen that heaven is on everyone's mind. All of us long to know what life after death will be like. Bestselling author John Burke is no exception. For decades, he has been studying accounts of people who have had near-death experiences (NDEs). While not every detail of individual NDEs correlate with Scripture, Burke shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of survivors clearly point to the God of the Bible and the exhilarating picture of heaven he promises.

Imagine Heaven is an inspirational journey through the Bible's picture of heaven, colored…


Book cover of Another Gospel?

Amy Larry Why did I love this book?

This book was one of the first Christian apologetics books I read after my desire to build my relationship with God deepened in the midst of my own hard season.

Alisa brings you through her journey of leaving a church that was teaching theology contrary to the Bible. Her study of finding truth and standing firm on God’s word lead me to dig into the scriptures so I could understand why I believed what I believed about the Bible.

Knowing the ‘why’ behind my beliefs helped me teach them wisely to my own children.

By Alisa Childers,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Another Gospel? as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

“This may be the most influential book you will read this year.” ―Lee Strobel, bestselling author of The Case for Miracles

A Movement Seeks to Redefine Christianity. Some Think that It Is a Much-Needed Progressive Reformation. Others Believe that It Is an Attack on Historic Christianity.
Alisa Childers never thought she would question her Christian faith. She was raised in a Christian home, where she had seen her mom and dad feed the hungry, clothe the homeless, and love the outcast. She had witnessed God at work and then had dedicated her own life to leading worship, as part of…


Book cover of You're Not Enough (and That's Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

Amy Larry Why did I love this book?

Allie uses her struggles during college and the beginning of her career to point out the flaws of selfishness within our culture.

Seeing how to lean on Jesus (who is enough) and not on myself, helped me not worry about being strong or brave during my own suffering. I tend to strive for perfection, but Allie’s stories made me aware of the secular influence in social media and TV shows that push me toward that unbiblical worldview.

Now, I can better point out a misleading message and combat it with the truth found in scripture.

By Allie Beth Stuckey,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked You're Not Enough (and That's Okay) as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From one of the sharpest Christian voices of her generation and host of the podcast Relatable comes a framework for escaping our culture of trendy narcissism—and embracing God instead. 

We're told that the key to happiness is self-love. Instagram influencers, mommy bloggers, self-help gurus, and even Christian teachers promise that if we learn to love ourselves, we'll be successful, secure, and complete. But the promise doesn't deliver. Instead of feeling fulfilled, our pursuit of self-love traps us in an exhausting cycle: as we strive for self-acceptance, we become addicted to self-improvement.

The truth is we can't find satisfaction inside ourselves…


Book cover of The Hiding Place

Amy Larry Why did I love this book?

In this popular memoir, Corrie’s family is caught hiding Jews during the holocaust.

Reading about her family’s dedication to doing the right thing pressed on me and what I would do when facing prison or death for following my morals. Corrie’s love for her sister, who couldn’t help being honest, and the ladies’ desire to share the gospel with everyone they met is remarkable.

After reading this book, the Holy Spirit softened my heart for people of other beliefs to know the peace and hope of Jesus.

By Corrie Ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill , Tim Foley (illustrator)

Why should I read it?

10 authors picked The Hiding Place as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 9, 10, 11, and 12.

What is this book about?

The True Story of a Real-Life Hero

It's World War II. Darkness has fallen over Europe as the Nazis spread hatred, fear and war across the globe. But on a quiet city corner in the Netherlands, one woman fights against the darkness.

In her quiet watchmaking shop, she and her family risk their lives to hide Jews, and others hunted by the Nazis, in a secret room, a "hiding place" that they built in the old building.

One day, however, Corrie and her family are betrayed. They're captured and sent to the notorious Nazi concentration camps to die. Yet even…


Book cover of The Secret Club

Amy Larry Why did I love this book?

Several women share how they continued trusting Jesus during trials with infertility and pregnancy loss.

This book matches scriptures to their hardships and has questions at the end of each chapter, allowing you to reflect on your own story. Recalling traumatic memories and sharing those thoughts with others can help us heal and process the horror and grief in this world.

While writing my memoir, I noticed these journaling opportunities were useful for many kinds of suffering. It would be a great book for a small group to go through together.

By Brianna Lindenmeyer,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Secret Club as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Have you struggled with infertility or miscarriages This book is for you! Read stories of women from all walks of life that share in the heartaches often kept silent. Find the answers to difficult questions that have left you hopeless. Be encouraged! You are not alone! Welcome to The Secret Club.


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The Flower Queen: A 1970's Suspense Romance

By Kay Freeman,

Book cover of The Flower Queen: A 1970's Suspense Romance

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Why am I passionate about this?

Author Retired art professor Tequila aficionado Weightlifter Owned by Standard Poodle Blues lover

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What is my book about?

It began with a dying husband, and it ended in a dynasty.

It took away her husband’s pain on his deathbed, kept her from losing the family farm, gave her the power to build a thriving business, but it’s illegal to grow in every state in the country in 1978.

It even brings her first love from high school back; the only problem is that he works for the FBI. Will their occupations implode their romance, or will the opposite happen?

A second chance at love, opposites attract, rags to riches heroine trope story.

The Flower Queen: A 1970's Suspense Romance

By Kay Freeman,

What is this book about?

It began with a dying husband and it ended in a dynasty.

It took away her husband’s pain on his deathbed, kept her from losing the family farm, gave her the power to build a thriving business, but it’s illegal to grow in every state in the country in 1978. It even brings her first love from high school back; the only problem he works for the FBI. Will their occupations implode their romance or will the opposite happen? A second chance at love, opposites attract , rags to riches heroine trope story.


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