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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.

Ted Dekker

Hacker: The Outlaw Chronicles (here) by Ted Dekker (Author) (Sp)(SF)
The story of a young Hacker girl, who went on a wild adventure into the supernatural realm beyond trying to save her mom, but saved herself too in the process. 

Saint: A Paradise Novel (here) by Ted Dekker (Author) (Sp)(SF)
He's an assassin, or is he? He finds a secret to his past that unlocks supernatural abilities, at a cost.

Circle Series 4-in-1 (The Circle Series), by Ted Dekker (Author) (Sp)(SF)(Fa)
It beings when a man named Thomas Hunter finds himself being chased down an alley after working the late shift at a coffee house. When a bullet grazes his head, he awakens to an entirely different reality. Now every time he falls asleep, he wakes up in the other reality--and every choice he makes impacts the fate of two worlds.

Bill Myers

Soul Tracker (The Soul Tracker Series) Part 1, by Bill Myers  (Author) (Sp)(SF)
David Kauffman is devastated when his young daughter meets an untimely death. Desperate to contact her, he meets Gita Patekar who works for “Life After Life”—an organization dedicated to tracking and recording the experiences of the soul once it leaves the body. Despite Gita’s warnings that God is opposed to contacting the dead, David uses the organization’s computer to try to find his daughter.

The Presence (The Soul Tracker Series) Part 2, by Bill Myers  (Author) (Sp)(SF)
The first subjects exposed to The Presence went insane. Now a far more terrifying experiment is about to begin… A diverse group of unusual characters is airlifted to a remote mountain lodge. Here they hope to participate in a séance connecting them to the spirit world. David Kauffman and his teenage son have joined them to debunk a world-class psychic and expose her as a hoax.

The Seeing (The Soul Tracker Series) Part 3, by Bill Myers  (Author) (Sp)(SF)
Young Luke Kauffmann acquires a pair of strange goggles that gives him glimpses into dimensions around him, where dark, sinister forces exert their powers to influence—and glimmering creatures of light strive to stop them. Thanks to the help of a beautiful but quirky techie, Luke increases the power of the goggles until he is thrust even deeper into the spirit world.

Eli, by Bill Myers  (Author) (Sp)
What If Jesus Had Not Come Until Today? Who Would Follow Him? Who Would Kill Him?

K.M. Weiland

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:

Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card  (Author) (SF)
One of the classics of Science Fiction. A child born into a world that survived an alien attack is trained to lead a fight on alien turf. Children think quicker (due to video games) so they make the perfect subjects of the test.

The Girl Who Stole Tomorrow (S-Impact Book 1), by D.B. McDowell (Author)(SF)
A girl lives in a world that was destroyed by creatures with elemental powers, called Seejin. She makes discoveries that lead her on a grand adventure, with a shocking end.

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.

Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan (Sp)(Analogy)(OF)
This story falls squarely within a sub-genre called Parable or Analogy. The protagonist's name is Christian, and this story follows the ups and downs of the Christian's life. It is meant to be a sermon with a plot. Despite its clear message, it still manages to work as a story and inspires the heart to believe. 

The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young (Author) (Sp)
This is our generations Pilgrim's Progress, the story of a man who went to the place of his daughter's murder, to find freedom for his soul. This has none of the analogy of Pilgrim's progress, it's all story, yet it packs all the same punch. It leaves you thinking about your own walk with God in an entirely new way. Let's just say this: God is a big black woman... Ok, Go.

This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti (Author) (Sp)
What if you could see the fight between angels and demons going on around you all the time? What if you could hear the debate for your soul and the deception they are trying to get you to believe. This story is not an analogy, but it does make you think about what's going on in your very room right now, you may even get a little crept out.

*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 Genres

Many 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.

Spiritual (Sp)

Spiritual stories give us insight into the nature of our existence, and inspire our hearts to see the unseen. Think of This Present Darkness, by Frank Perretti as typical of this genre. 

They help us see into the hidden realm of the spirit to see the battle that is being waged for our very souls. They help us see things for what they are, and not just what we see them to be. For example, The Matrix was as much a Spiritual story as it was a Science Fiction story.

One author said: 
"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)

There are actually many other genres and sub-genres, but I'm going go lump those all into OF. That's because I really do spend my time reading in the first three (which all cross over each other and intersect). So if I feel it doesn't fit those, I'll mark it OF.

Thanks for stopping by,

Darrell G. Wolfe

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