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Inspirational Books With Characters That Aren't Perfect

Hey Guys!

I hope you all enjoyed your last few days of summer, and that you're as excited as I am to welcome in the month of September.

I seem to fall more and more in love with autumn every single year, and I already can't wait for the leaves to start turning colors, going for walks in my hunter rain boots, pumpkin to be the flavor of choice at every restaurant, and curling up with an amazing book in my favorite reading spot.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are my two favorite holidays of the year, and I always find myself anxiously anticipating their arrival once this time of year comes around.

There's just something overall about fall that makes my spirit a little more positive, and I really find myself reveling in this amazing season that truly showcases the majestic landscapes that our amazing Heavenly Father has created :)

Today I wanted to talk to you guys about some of my favorite inspirational fiction books that feature characters that aren't "perfect."

I honestly feel that one of the reasons inspirational fiction gets a bad rap among many in the book world is the misconceived idea that it's all about perfect characters doing exactly what they're supposed to be doing, and that it has no depth.

I can honestly guarantee guys that this could not be further from the truth. While you're always going to find the occasional book that will have main characters like this, the majority of them feature characters that try their best, but definitely are in no way, shape or form, perfect, and it's definitely uplifting to read about Christians in novels struggling with a lot of the same issues that I myself struggle with in my quest to follow God's plan for my life.

Here's some inspirational books that I can't recommend enough if you're like me and love reading inspirational books with non-perfect protagonists. 

1) My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade:

I definitely had to include a novel by my all time favorite inspirational author on this list, and I went ahead and picked her very first one. My Stubborn Heart is the story of Kate; a woman who's found herself burned out on life and as such, ends up accompanying her grandmother to Pennsylvania to help restore her family's historic home. Kate struggles with figuring out just where it is that God wants her life to go, and this is only complicated more when she meets the handsome man who's been hired to do the work on her family's home. Matt is bitter and jaded, and angry at God from his life circumstances, and I loved reading about these two finding their way back to love; both with each other and with God. I can't recommend this amazing story enough.

2) The Long Road Home by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

I honestly could have picked any of the Home to Collingsworth novels to include on this list, but I decided to go with my favorite. Cami has always been the black sheep in her family, and it's soon revealed to the reader that her lifestyle is rooted in deep shame she feels over her past actions. On the surface, Josh appears to have it all together, but in reality he's dealing with deep hurts, and a wavering faith that he's attempting to hide from all of those closest to him. Only through deep forgiveness and love will these two ever find their way back to the path laid out for them, and the anguish and hurt these two characters were experiencing was depicted so real this book literally felt like I was reading about close friends.

3) The Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn:

I've long appreciated the fact that Robin Jones Gunn is able to write Christian novels about characters who aren't perfect, and this is nowhere more apparent than in her beloved Christy Miller series. Christy always strives to have a faith with a solid foundation, and her love for God shines through each and every page. However, Robin makes sure to portray Christy as a young woman who's still struggling with the unfair life circumstances thrown her way, and I can honestly say this series has influenced my walk with God more than any other series I've ever read. I'm amazed at the impact that fiction has been able to have on strengthening and encouraging faith in general, and I admire any author who commits their life to this purpose.

This post has barely skimmed the surface of all the A-MAZING inspirational novels that are currently on the market, and I can't recommend this genre enough. I also love the way that so many of these authors are able to get His message across without feeling the need to condemn or "preach" at readers in the process.

I hope you guys enjoyed my recommendations for today's post, and I'm looking forward to writing more posts like this in the future.

Thanks so much for reading guys! I hope you all have the best week ever :)

This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The photos do not belong to me, and all rights to the respective owners. 


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