The best novels with journeys of faith

Who am I?

I am a Christian and my writing is influenced by my belief in a loving God who is very aware and involved in our lives. I directly address these ideas in my novel, The King's Trial, which many readers compare to the writings of CS Lewis. Readers who rarely care for religious themes have commented that the balance is right and the novel can be read as straight fantasy. Some of my favorite books with journeys of faith portray religions very different from mine, a few of which I include in the novels recommended below.


I wrote...

The King's Trial

By M.L. Farb,

Book cover of The King's Trial

What is my book about?

A mute radical. A brutal queen. A quest through a deadly maze.

Posing as a mute tavern hand, Yosyph gathers information on his bigoted queen and silently seeks to raise a rebellion. But when he discovers the monarch’s scheme to enslave thousands, he fears leading a revolt now would only end in a massacre. Desperate for allies in the coming war, Yosyph travels through a deadly desert in search of his kin. But he’s shocked to discover his only option to defeat the queen’s vast military is an ancient power that will consume him–unless he opens himself to the voice of his god. Will Yosyph’s unexpected answers to his prayers stop his realm from descending into bloody darkness? Whitney Award nominee for 2019.

The books I picked & why

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The Lord of the Rings

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

Book cover of The Lord of the Rings

Why this book?

I love how this book, though in a fantasy setting, represents many deep truths both about us as humans and our relationship with God. For instance, one of the most poignant moments for me is when Sam tells Frodo, “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.” I’ve experienced that on both ends—many times. We are here both to lift others and to be lifted. And though God doesn’t take away my burdens, He helps me bear them. This is just one of many beautiful truths represented in The Lord of the Rings.


The Thief

By Megan Whalen Turner,

Book cover of The Thief

Why this book?

I appreciate that Gen’s journey of faith is a rather begrudging one. He certainly doesn’t want the gods involved in his life. Yet he is honorable (despite many appearances to the contrary) and he accomplishes, at great cost to himself, the vital task he sets out to do. His courage, despite his complaining, is still courage (and I wonder if his complaining was a mask for his fear). Sometimes faith feels like that—doing what is right even when you would rather do anything else. And sometimes that is the hardest journey of all.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

By C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (illustrator),

Book cover of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Why this book?

I have visited Narnia often as a child and as a parent. Each time I learn more about forgiveness, mercy, and healing. Edmund’s journey of faith didn’t start as a hero, but as a selfish child. Aslan’s mercy demanded nothing and everything from him. Edmund could have remained a selfish child, but instead he allowed Aslan’s undeserved and freely given sacrifice to change his whole life. This story helps me realize the great love God has for me, and how I can better follow Him and be changed by Him.


The Curse of Chalion

By Lois McMaster Bujold,

Book cover of The Curse of Chalion

Why this book?

I love the slow, deep delving into the mind and heart of Cazaril. Despite all the abuse and injustice in his life, he faithfully fulfills his duties. Even as he patiently abides by the actions of the gods in his life, he isn’t passively waiting, but instead using his wit and wisdom to do all he can. His example of balancing patient humility and courageous action inspires me.   


Moonscript

By H.S.J. Williams,

Book cover of Moonscript

Why this book?

If JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis were to write a fantasy together, I think it would be something like Moonscript. This story is deep with long-term pain, beautiful with patient love, and full of excitement and surprises. I appreciate it shows that healing takes time and that God’s grace comes, but not always when we want it.


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