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August 29, 2008

Book review: Christian fiction titles are in demand

Christian fiction, religious fiction, good news, inspirational fiction — regardless of what you call it, while there may be some element of romance or mystery, it all has God as a central focus of the plot.

The number of authors of Christian fiction has grown as the demand for such titles has grown. Below is just a sampling of the titles available at the Joplin Public Library. Look for the pink “Inspiration” stickers on the spines of the books for these titles.

‘Between Sundays’

By Karen Kingsbury

Aaron Hill is a popular, well-known quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Since signing on with the NFL, he has led the life of a partying bachelor who has been with his share of women. His actions catch up with him one weekend when a woman files charges. The charges are dropped but Aaron’s agent believes Aaron needs to do something good, even if it’s just once, so the media can play him in a more positive light.

Derrick Anderson, also a quarterback for the 49ers, has been in the NFL longer and believes in family, giving back and God. Derrick volunteers his time at a youth shelter for foster kids, and one evening he takes Aaron along. Aaron agrees to go in order to prove he isn’t just a playboy. Little does Aaron know that meeting 8-year old Cory and his step-mother, Megan, that night will change his life and outlook.

As a former sports writer, Kingsbury knows football. She uses actual team and stadium names and is accurate in how the football season plays out. And while this title is fiction, she’s done an excellent job highlighting some of the good things athletes do when they aren’t on the field. Highly recommended.

‘Fair Game’

By Elizabeth White

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