Christian Literature

There are a lot of Christian books that don't qualify as literature, and many books legitimately called literature that are in no way Christian. While this category may seem a bit redundant for a bookstore like ours, Christian Literature is simply our way of telling the two apart. Only books that are both literary and explicitly Christian (or at least authored by self-professed orthodox Christians) are included here.

Books that don't qualify include Christian genre fiction, books for younger readers, stories that are merely moral without expressing specific Christian truths, and the like. Books that do qualify include spiritual autobiographies and memoirs, high-quality Christian novels (think Dostoevsky and G.K. Chesterton), classics of the faith, etc.

If you're looking for doctrine, theology, Bible curriculum, or materials of that sort, we have other categories named accordingly. The titles here are intentionally selected to reflect work that is universally accepted for its stylistic quality, while simultaneously reflecting a Christian worldview, sometimes explicitly and sometimes through allegory. Both fiction and nonfiction are represented.

But why Christian literature? For one thing, part of our goal at Exodus Books is to help families and individuals think biblically about every aspect of life; art (particularly good art) can help in this regard by applying Christian principles to the universal elements of human experience, activities and feelings with which all of us are familiar but few think about.

Another reason for Christian literature as a category is to help readers recognize the often overlooked presence of genuinely Christian writing that is also genuinely honest and realistic. Too often "Christian" books are filled with sunshine, impossibly resolved situations, or simply positive messages that ignore the presence of sin, despair, and fear in the world. These books are not like that.

The Brothers Karamazov, for instance, is very Christian, but it also takes seriously the atheist's dilemma, the fact of evil, and the presence of tribulation in the life of believers. St. Augustine's Confessions reveals a man running from God before surrending himself wholly to the Holy Spirit; the essays of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton are pithy, funny, and perceptive; Martin Luther's Bondage of the Will is historically and theologically significant (and also makes excellent devotional reading).

All of these books are sometimes dark, sometimes lighthearted, always filled with the grace of Jesus. We don't necessarily endorse every idea you'll find in any of these titles, but we do heartily endorse the authors' desire to create beautiful works that illuminate God and our world from the perspective of the redeeming love and justice of Christ.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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Abolition of Man
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Philosophy/Religion for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$11.19
Annotated Milton
by John Milton
from Bantam Books
for 11th-Adult
in 17th Century Literature (Location: MLIT4-17)
$5.56
Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Dover Giant Thrift Editions
by John Henry Newman
from Dover Publications
for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$4.00
Ascent of Mount Carmel
by St. John of the Cross
from Dover Publications
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$9.56
Ascent to Love
by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 9th-Adult
in Classical Literature Guides (Location: E4E-LIT)
$12.80
Autobiography of Charles G. Finney
by Charles G. Finney
from Bethany House
Autobiography for 9th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$12.74 $4.00 (6 in stock)
Autobiography of G. K. Chesterton
by G. K. Chesterton
from Ignatius Press
Autobiography for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
Ball and the Cross
by G. K. Chesterton
from Dover Publications
Allegory for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$7.96
Basic Writings of St. Anselm
by St. Anselm of Canterbury
2nd edition from Open Court Publishing
Medieval Theology for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Ben-Hur
by Lew Wallace
from Dover Publications
for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$5.60
Ben-Hur
Signet Classics
by Lew Wallace
from Signet Classics
Historical Fiction for 7th-10th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$7.16
Best of Father Brown
by G. K. Chesterton
from Everyman's Library
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$7.96
Blue Like Jazz
by Donald Miller
from Thomas Nelson Publishers
for 10th-Adult
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Bondage of the Will
by Martin Luther
from Baker Academics
for 9th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: MLIT3-REN)
$17.59
Book of the Dun Cow
by Walter Wangerin Jr.
from HarperCollins
for 8th grade-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
Brothers Karamazov
Signet Classics
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
from Signet Classics
Russian Epic Novel for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$6.36
Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Reprint from Bantam Books
for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$6.39
Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoevsky (translation by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky)
12th edition from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
for 11th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$14.40
Busman's Honeymoon
A Lord Peter Mystery, Book 11
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Reprint from HarperCollins
Murder Mystery for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$12.79
C. S. Lewis: The Signature Classics Audio Collection
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperAudio
for 10th-Adult
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
Calvin's Institutes: A New Compend
by John Calvin
1st edition from Westminster John Knox Press
for 11th-Adult
$30.00
Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M. Miller
from HarperCollins
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$11.96
Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M. Miller
from Bantam Books
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$6.39
Charles Dickens's Life of Our Lord
by Charles Dickens
from Simon and Schuster
for 7th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
Christ the Lord Out of Egypt
by Anne Rice
from Fawcett Books
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$6.39 $5.00 (1 in stock)
City of God
Penguin Classics
by Augustine of Hippo (translated by Henry Bettenson)
from Penguin Classics
Ancient/Medieval Theology for 11th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$14.40
City of God
by St. Augustine (translation by Marcus Dods)
from Modern Library
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$20.80
City of God
by St. Augustine (translation by Marcus Dods)
from Modern Library
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$12.76
City of God (abridged)
by St. Augustine
Abridged from Image
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$13.60
Clouds of Witness
A Lord Peter Mystery, Book 2
by Dorothy Sayers
Reissue from HarperCollins
for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$11.99
Complete English Poems of George Herbert
Penguin Classics
by George Herbert
from Penguin Classics
Lyrical Poetry for 11th-Adult
in 17th Century Literature (Location: MLIT4-17)
$16.00
Complete English Poems of John Donne
Penguin Classics
by John Donne
from Penguin Classics
Lyrical Poetry for 9th-Adult
in Poetry
$12.80
Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti
by Christina Rossetti
from Penguin Classics
for 10th-Adult
in Poetry
Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
by Flannery O'Connor
33rd edition from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
for 11th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$14.40
Confessions
by St. Augustine
from Everyman's Library
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$17.60
Confessions
by Saint Augustine (translation by Henry Chadwick)
from Oxford University
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$6.36 $6.00 (1 in stock)
Confessions of Saint Augustine
Penguin Classics
by Augustine of Hippo
from Penguin Classics
Autobiography/Devotional Material for 11th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$8.00
Crime and Punishment
Signet Classics
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
from Signet Classics
Realistic Russian Novel for 11th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$6.36 $3.50 (4 in stock)
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (translation by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky)
Reprint from Vintage Classics
for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$14.36
Cry, the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton
from Charles Scribner's Sons
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$12.80
Dante's Inferno
by Dante Alighieri (translation by Anthony Esolen)
from Modern Library
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$11.20
Dante's Paradise
by Dante Alighieri (translation by Anthony Esolen)
from Modern Library
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$11.20
Dante's Purgatory
by Dante Alighieri (translation by Anthony Esolen)
from Modern Library
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$12.00
Discarded Image
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
Medieval and Renaissance Lit Guide/Resource for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: NLIT7-20)
$15.99
Divine Comedy
by Dante Alighieri (translation by John Ciardi)
from New American Library
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$21.00
Divine Comedy
by Dante Alighieri (translation by John Ciardi)
from Everyman's Library
for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$27.95
Divine Comedy I
Penguin Classics
by Dante Alighieri (translation by Dorothy Sayers)
from Penguin Classics
Medieval Allegory/Poetic Epic for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$12.00
Divine Comedy II
Penguin Classics
by Dante Alighieri (translation by Dorothy Sayers)
from Penguin Classics
Medieval Allegory/Poetic Epic for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$11.20
Divine Comedy III
Penguin Classics
by Dante Alighieri (translation by Dorothy Sayers & Barbara Reynolds)
from Penguin Classics
Medieval Allegory/Poetic Epic for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
$12.80
Divine Comedy set
Penguin Classics
by Dante Alighieri (translation by Dorothy Sayers)
from Penguin Putnam
Medieval Allegory/Poetic Epic for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: MLIT2-MED)
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