Goodness, Beauty, and Truth: A Book List for Adults Who Want Better Fiction

by SarahMae | January 6, 2018 4:38 pm

I go searching and searching for book lists for adults on truth and beauty and goodness and I seem to only find (mostly find?) book lists for children. Which is great and all, but I want to fill my soul with rich stories and beautiful words too, and I don’t want them only to be classics.

So I did what we do in the modern age and I asked Facebook this question:

I’m looking for books that are filled with truth and beauty and goodness. I’d like fiction, and they don’t have to be Christian. What I’m not looking for: Crude talk, detailed sex scenes, lot’s of unnecessary cursing. Hard stories are fine if they inspire the soul. What do you recommend?

Here’s what Facebook (or rather my awesome Facebook friends) gave me as recommendations. Enjoy!

As with anything, use your discernment! I have not read all these books!

Goodness, Beauty, and Truth Book List

(In alphabetical order by author)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society[1] by Annie Barrows  and Mary Ann Shaffer  

Hannah Coulter[2] by Wendall Berry (several recommendations)

Jayber Crow[3] by Wendall Berry (several recommendations)

For Such a Time[4] by Kate Breslin

[5]

All the Light We Cannot See[6] by Anthony Doerr (several recommendations)

The Wonder [7]by Emma Donoghue

Peace Like a River[8] by Leif Enger (A favorite of mine)

[9]

The Awakening of Miss Prim[10] by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

The Yearling[11] by Patricia Reilly Giff (I was told about this one, “Trust me”)

Father Melancholy’s Daughter[12] by Gail Godwin 

Pilgrim’s Inn [13]by Elizabeth Goudge

Sisterchicks on the Loose! (Sisterchicks Series #1)[14] by Robin Jones Gunn  

Thorn in My Heart[15] by Liz Curtis Higgs

The Mitford Series[16] by Jan Karon (several recommendations)

Last Days of Summer [17]by Steve Kluger

Reading with Patrick [18]by Michelle Kuo

The Curate’s Awakening[19] by George MacDonald

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things[20] by Jon McGregor

Secrets of a Charmed Life[21] by Susan Meissner

The Father’s Tale[22] by Michael O’Brien

Stones for Bread[23] by Christa Parrish

Bel Canto[24] by Ann Patchett

Stepping Heavenward[25] by Elizabeth Prentiss

[26]

Redeeming Love[27] by Francine Rivers

Mark of the Lion series[28] by Francine Rivers (several recommendations)

Gilead[29] by Marilynne Robinson (several recommendations)

The Thirteenth Tale[30] by Diane Setterfield 

Like a River From Its Course [31]by Kelli Stuart

The Shoemaker’s Wife[32] by Adriana Trigiani  

[33]

Words[34] by Ginny L. Yttrup 

And my personal favorite, the Space Trilogy[35] by C.S. Lewis, my favorite of the three being Perelandra[36]. Be still my heart!

Authors Recommended

Karen Kingsbury[37], Francine Rivers[38], Julie Klasson[39], Laura Franz[40], Lynn Austin[41], Katherine Reay[42], Charles Martin[43], Barbara Kingsolver[44], Kathleen Grissom[45], Susan Meissner[46], Fannie Flagg[47], Katie Ganshert[48], Erin Hilderbrand[49],

Happy reading!

Oh, and for more helpful lists, check out Modern Mrs. Darcy’s site[50]!

SM

P.S. I’ll keep adding to this list, but go ahead and comment with your recommendations!

There are affiliate links in this post. You can read more about my disclosure policy here[51].

Endnotes:
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  8. Peace Like a River: http://amzn.to/2CZD7Wx
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  12. Father Melancholy’s Daughter: http://amzn.to/2AJ1lBO
  13. Pilgrim’s Inn : http://amzn.to/2CzYGfe
  14. Sisterchicks on the Loose! (Sisterchicks Series #1): http://amzn.to/2CXp2MN
  15. Thorn in My Heart: http://amzn.to/2FcGxG1
  16. The Mitford Series: http://amzn.to/2D0MOnJ
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  19. The Curate’s Awakening: http://amzn.to/2qBFRqJ
  20. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things: http://amzn.to/2F5b0Wy
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  27. Redeeming Love: http://amzn.to/2CPGkdH
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  29. Gilead: http://amzn.to/2m1iYYc
  30. The Thirteenth Tale: http://amzn.to/2qL7VrI
  31. Like a River From Its Course : http://amzn.to/2ElVWmu
  32. The Shoemaker’s Wife: http://amzn.to/2FkReXk
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  34. Words: http://amzn.to/2FjSDx6
  35. the Space Trilogy: http://amzn.to/2CZWNK3
  36. Perelandra: http://amzn.to/2CAvCUZ
  37. Karen Kingsbury: http://amzn.to/2F5toib
  38. Francine Rivers: http://amzn.to/2D0EzIe
  39. Julie Klasson: http://amzn.to/2qH34b6
  40. Laura Franz: http://amzn.to/2FiYHpX
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  43. Charles Martin: http://amzn.to/2Ddsbot
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  46. Susan Meissner: http://amzn.to/2maWPXu
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  48. Katie Ganshert: http://amzn.to/2AJWC2u
  49. Erin Hilderbrand: http://amzn.to/2CJNNrB
  50. Modern Mrs. Darcy’s site: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/
  51. here: http://sarahmae.com/disclosure-policy/#sthash.y9Ds1nlR.dpbs

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