I’m a reader. I read anything and everything. I’m always on the lookout for new authors and good fiction. I went to the bookstore tonight and browsed the Christian fiction section and didn’t see anything that jumped out at me. So I browsed the Literature/Fiction section and perused a number of books that had New York Times recommendations and other awards but I put them down because, so often, I find these books are well written but ultimately devoid of any hope or meaning.

I’ve read at least five books this year that I had hopes for that about halfway through just got slogged down in despair and meaningless where the denouement consisted of the main character essentially shrugging their shoulders and just accepting the meaninglessness of an accidental life on a rock hurtling aimlessly through space. Blech!

So I’m truly asking for your recommendations for well written modern fiction that has a bit of hope and faith. And I’m not talking just about “beat you over the head” Christian fiction where you overlook the awful writing in exchange for a good message.

Please reccomend books in my combox at the National Catholic Register. I’m desperate and I’m sure I can’t be the only one>>>