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Books Christians Can Enjoy
If you're a Christian like me who loves a good story, than you know how frustrating it can be to find a book that doesn't compromise your beliefs. Our eyes are the lamps of our body. When we look at things that are full of darkness/sin, we risk opening doors that will harm us. So, after many hours of reading, as well as several let downs, I have found this small list of books that are sure not to send fellow followers of the Light into a spiral of condemnation.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Okay, I know you are probably thinking about how old this particular piece of literature is, but I have noticed that a lot of classic literature does not contain questionable material within their pages--not like the numerous sexual driven, profanity filled novels, anyway. This particular masterpiece tells a tale of love, betrayal, vengeance, and finally, repentance. Due to the vices and jealousies of a few wicked men, the young Edmond Dantes becomes victim to the harsh injustices of wrongful captivity. He loses it all, escapes from prison, and transforms himself into a well-to-do Parisian aristocrat in order to exact his vengeance on those who stole his once promising life. However, the God fearing man he once was trickles through the hardness of his heart, causing him to seek forgiveness for the many wrongs he dealt to his enemies.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle By David Wroblewski
This is a fantastic adaptation of Shakespeare's acclaimed play Hamlet. Unlike many of my fellow students, I and my fellow senior AP classmates were required to read this novel in high school. We had just finished studying various works by Shakespeare--one of which being Hamlet--and our teacher decided that this modern piece would be perfect to show how several bestselling books are built off of classic works of fiction.
Wroblewski weaves a tale of a mute young lad who lives a joyful life with his parents on a Wisconsin dog breeding farm. All is well until a horrific accident befalls the Sawtelle family, flipping poor Edgar's life completely upside down. There's murder, mystery, and a quest to discover the truth in this coming of age tale. And the best part, the main character is not a vengeful, uncaring man who will stop at nothing to achieve his vendetta. He is a peaceable boy struggling to deal with his father's sudden, questionable death.
The Mortality Doctrine: Book 1
So far I have found that James Dashner is an exceptional author whose stories are both entertaining and wholesome. Although there is a bit of violence in his novels, they aren't gory to the point of nausea. There also is no sex scenes in his books or cursing, so don't worry about what might lie on the next page of his wonderfully written stories. Check out this video on one of Mr. Dashner's latest projects.
Unenchanted: Book 1 of the Unfortunate Fairytale Series
For those of you who absolutely love fairytales as I do, this book is a dazzling work of art. It's fast paced, action packed, and keeps you guessing until the very end. It tells the story of one girl fighting against a family curse that began with her ancestors, the Grimm Brothers. Apparently all the tales they wrote about were adventures they had to complete in order to break the curse they stumbled upon. The protagonist, Mina, must complete over one hundred tales in order to spare her little brother from a horrible fate.
Unfortunately, the story in question does involve some magical elements. Aside from the various villains who are obviously mystically gifted, Mina uses the powers of a book called The Grimoire to help defeat her enemies. Now, Chanda Hahn--the author--does not necessarily encourage using magic, but it's important to note that such aspects are a main part of the storyline. Everything we take in affects us in one way or another, so be aware of what you consume.
Below is an excerpt from Unenchanted...enjoy.