My name is Terri, and I live in Washington State (just east of Seattle). I have an almost 12-yo daughter and husband who is still fighting God's call. I work for the local school district so want to find some good Christian books for summer reading. My ulterior motive is that I'm putting my church's summer book groups together and need some suggestions!
Our first book will be "Redeeming Love" but I want to have a variety of genres ~ the idea is to introduce Christians to the wonderful world of fiction. So many times we focus on studies or growth books. I'd like to show them what else is out there. I would like to use Peretti's "This Present Darkness" but am wondering if it's too "dark" ~ I lent it to a friend once and she said it was too scary. I've read "The Visitation" too ~ any other mystery-type novels you can suggest?
I'd like the 3rd book to be a more general type, I'm really drawn to C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters" (loved that discussion here a couple of years ago), but am thinking I should modernize with Randy Alcorn's "Lord Foulgrin's Letters". I think Lewis' message is bit more subtle (and better written), what do you all think? I also read Alcorn's "Deadline" thinking it might be a good book group choice. But while his anti-abortion message is a good one, I felt it got a bit overdone at times.
Any suggestions/comments would be welcome! While my church usually only does book groups in the summer, we are looking at carrying them over into a full year program. So I'll take all the help I can get. I plan to be a more familiar face on the board =)
Blessings to you, Terri