There's nothing like a story.Stories inspire our hearts to believe in the impossible, breaking past the barriers our minds create. We read nonfiction with the eye of the skeptic, but for a good story we willingly suspend disbelief and allow our hearts to dream again. In so doing, we often learn truths our minds were afraid to face.
This page is an ever-growing list of the fiction stories I've come to enjoy. Some are quite pointed with a message, while others are just enjoyable tales. I hope your heart is inspired and your mind is freed.
My two favorite authors are Ted Dekker and Bill Myers, here is a taste of their work.
Dreamlander, by K. M. Weiland (Author)(Fa)
Only one person in a generation may cross the barrier of dreams to reach the other world - a world of war-scarred countries and fallen faiths. When a Chicago-born journalist finds himself on the far side of his dreams, he must hurl himself into battle to save a princess from her own people, two worlds from annihilation, and himself from a dream come way too true.
Other fiction authors include:
Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien (Author) (Fa)(Sp)
If you don't know this book, you've been living under a rock somewhere. Elves, Wizards, Men, Dwarves... read it.
Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis (Author) (Fa)(Sp)
The Lion, obviously an archetype of Jesus, dies to save one young man. What a way to personalize the gospel story. Another story that really makes you think about your relationship with God.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling (Author) (Fa)
I read the first Harry Potter and watched a few of the movies. I read a book "Finding Jesus in Harry Potter". I'm torn on my opinion because it has some strong messages I don't like, but it has some I do. I'm including it here because it's been a huge impact on our nation, and it's worth considering if you want a good story.
*Amazon used to offer a tool called the aStore. The store still exists, but I can't add to it. If you would like to see my other suggestions and full list, please visit my Amazon Store.
My fingers are getting tired... but there's more to come.
A word about fictions GenresMany of the books I read tend to cross Genres and don't fully land in any one category. I will quickly define my favorite genres (as I see them) and notate which stories I feel any particular story lands inside of. The abbreviation for the genre will be my marker.
"We are not natural having a spiritual experience, but we are Spiritual having a natural experience."
Science Fiction (SF)Science Fiction stories focus on known science to expand our understanding of what is possible.
Most of the time these are stories of space travel and future technologies. However, they can be any story that is driven by science (or pseudo-science). This doesn't mean that it must be possible with today's technology, but it does mean that the story must be based on what we currently believe to be solid science today, extrapolated into the possible future.
Those who enjoy this genre will recognize stories like Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card (Author).
For those who are uninitiated, look no further than Star Trek or Back to the Future to see stories that help us dream of what could be, if only our technology would advance just a bit more. There is no magic in SciFi. Instead, if a person does something magical like disappearing, we say that he was "transported using a particle beam", or he received his power through "mutant evolution". X-Men and the Avengers fit into this category as well?
Fantasy (Fa)You will often see Science Fiction (SF) and Fantasy (Fa) grouped together, but there is a distinction.
Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien, was the highest of this form. Both Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis (Author), and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling (Author), fit into this genre too.
When SF cries Aliens with Phasers, Fa cries Wizards with Magic Wands.
Fantasy, typically, is a world of magic. But at the very least it must be a world with different rules than our own. Most of the time this world will be a world of Elves, Dwarves, Wizards, Witches, Talking Animals, Mythical Creatures, and breathtaking landscapes. But even a story set in your very room, in which magic things occur could be Fantasy.
Other Fiction (OF)
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Darrell G. Wolfe
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