Social Issues in Christian Fiction

 Below is just a small sampling of novels written from a Christian perspective that address social issues and grittier subjects.


Compiled by Deborah Raney


BECAUSE OF THE RAIN, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2017)

THE ATONEMENT CHILD, Francine Rivers (Tyndale House 2012)

LIKE ALWAYS, Robert Elmer (WaterBrook Press 2007)

A HILLTOP IN TUSCANY, Stephanie Grace Whitson (Bethany House 2006)

SAVING GRACE, Denise Hunter (Howard Books 2005)


AS WATERS GONE BY, Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon Press 2015)

ANOTHER WAY HOME, Deborah Raney (Abingdon Press 2015)

LOST AND FOUND, Gayle Roper (Amazon Digital Services 2014)

CATCH A FALLING STAR, Beth K.Vogt (Howard Books 2013)

PERFECTING KATE, Tamara Leigh (Multnomah 2007)

Aging/Body Image/Menopause/Obesity:

INVISIBLE, Ginny L. Yttrup (Shelterwood Press 2018)

ALWAYS JAN, Roxanne Henke (Amazon Digital Services 2017)

FOOD BABY, Linda Kozar (CreateSpace 2015)

MISS INVISIBLE, Laura Jensen Walker (Thomas Nelson 2007)


THREADS OF HOPE, Christa Allan (Abingdon Press 2012)

A SEASON OF GRACE, Bette Nordberg (Harvest House 2004)

TIGER LILLIE, Lisa Samson (WaterBrook Press 2004)

SPRING RAIN, Gayle Roper (Multnomah 2001)

Alcoholism/Codependency/Drug Abuse:

BEYOND THE SHADOWS, Robin Lee Hatcher (RobinSong 2018)

ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE, Beth K. Vogt (Howard Books 2016)

LEAVING NOVEMBER, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2016)

DREAMING ON DAISIES, Miralee Ferrell (David C. Cook 2015)

A PROMISE KEPT, Robin Lee Hatcher (Thomas Nelson 2014)

CRITICAL CONDITION, Richard Mabry, M.D. (Thomas Nelson 2014)

NIGHT LIGHT, Terri Blackstock (Zondervan 2006)


JUST LOOK UP, Courtney Walsh (Tyndale House 2017)

FEAR HAS A NAME, Creston Mapes (David C Cook 2013)

SHATTERED SILENCE, Margaret Daley (Abingdon 2012)

Cancer/Dementia/Terminal Illness:

A VOW TO CHERISH, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2020)

AFTER ANNE, Roxanne Henke (Amazon Digital Services 2017)

ALL MY BELONGINGS, Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon Press 2013)

A TIME TO MEND, Angela Hunt (Steeple Hill 2006)

THE HEALING QUILT, Lauraine Snelling (WaterBrook Press 2002)

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence:

YOU’LL THINK OF ME, Robin Lee Hatcher (Thomas Nelson 2017)

A NEST OF SPARROWS, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2017)

TO WHISPER HER NAME, Tamera Alexander (Bethany House 2012)

REKINDLED, Tamera Alexander (Bethany House 2006)

Crisis Pregnancy/Premarital Sex:

FALCON, Ronie Kendig (Barbour 2015)

WHEN MERCY RAINS, Kim Vogel Sawyer (WaterBrook 2015)

DANCING WITH FIREFLIES, Denise Hunter (HarperCollins Christian 2014)

MAJOR LEAGUE DAD, Kathleen Y’Barbo (Barbour Publishing 2013)

PAINTED DRESSES, Patricia Hickman (WaterBrook Press 2007)

Death of a Child/Family Tragedy:

YESTERDAY’S EMBERS, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2017)

A PLACE CALLED MORNING, Ann Tatlock (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas 2016)

Depression/Mental Illness/Suicide:

AFRAID OF THE LIGHT, Cynthia Ruchti (Kregel Press 2020)

THE BRIGHT UNKNOWN, Elizabeth Byler Younts (Thomas Nelson 2019)

BECOMING OLIVIA, Roxanne Henke (Amazon Digital Services 2017)

SONG OF SILENCE, Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon Press 2016)

PROMISE TO KEEP, Elizabeth Byler Younts (Howard Books 2015)

SENSIBLE SHOES, Sharon Garlough Brown (IVP Books 2012)

THE OAK LEAVES, Maureen Lang (Tyndale House 2007)

THE NOVELIST, Angela Hunt (WestBow 2006)

THE LIVING END, Lisa Samson (WaterBrook Press 2005)

FINDING ALICE, Melody Carlson (WaterBrook Press 2003)


THE DECISION, Gayle Roper (Amazon Digital Services 2019)

PROMISE TO KEEP, Elizabeth Byler Younts (Howard Books 2015)

Divorce/Infidelity/Troubled Marriage:

A FRAGILE HOPE, Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon Press 2017)

SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE, Denise Hunter (HarperCollins Christian 2017)

THE FIVE TIMES I MET MYSELF, James L. Rubart (HarperCollins Christian 2015)

CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE, Beth K. Vogt (Howard Books 2015)

REDEEMING LOVE, Francine Rivers (Multnomah 2004)

Drunk Driving:

AFTER THE RAINS, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2017)

WAITING FOR MORNING, Karen Kingsbury (Multnomah 2002)

False Religions/Cults:

A STAR CURIOUSLY SINGING, Kerry Nietz (Freeheads 2016)

SHADOWS ON THE SAND, Gayle Roper (Multnomah 2011)

POCKETFUL OF PEARLS, Shelley Bates (FaithWords 2005)


ALMOST FOREVER, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2017)

NOBODY, Creston Mapes (Multnomah 2007)

Human Trafficking:

THE WATER KEEPER, Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson 2020)

SAVING HOPE, Margaret Daley (Abingdon 2012)


CATCHING THE WIND, Melanie Dobson (Tyndale House 2017)

BEYOND JUSTICE, Cara Putman (Thomas Nelson 2017)

Incest/Rape/Sexual Abuse:

THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS, Roseanna M. White (Bethany House 2016)

BECAUSE OF THE RAIN, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2015)

THROUGH THE DEEP WATERS, Kim Vogel Sawyer (WaterBrook 2014)

PROMISE TO CHERISH, Elizabeth Byler Younts (Howard Books 2014)

BELOVED COUNTERFEIT, Kathleen Y’Barbo (Amazon Digital Services 2013)

REVEALED, Tamera Alexander (Bethany House 2006)

Interracial Dating/Marriage:

HOME AT LAST, Deborah Raney (Abingdon Press 2017)

FIRETHORN, Ronie Kendig (Barbour 2012)

The Occult:

CORAL MOON, Brandilyn Collins (Zondervan 2007)

DARK STAR, Creston Mapes (Multnomah 2006)

Organ Donation:

INSIGHT, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2017)

THE GOOD NEARBY, Nancy Moser (Tyndale House 2006)


WISH YOU WERE HERE, Beth K. Vogt (Howard Books 2012)

PRESUMED GUILTY, James Scott Bell (Zondervan 2006)

LAST LIGHT, Terri Blackstock (Zondervan 2005)

THE LIGHTS OF TENTH STREET, Shaunti Feldhahn (Multnomah 2003)

Racial Conflict/Reconciliation:

COLORS OF TRUTH, Tamera Alexander (Fountain Creek Press 2020)

NO ONE EVER ASKED, Katie Ganshert (WaterBrook Press 2018)

THE SOLACE OF WATER, Elizabeth Byler Younts (Thomas Nelson, 2018)

TO WAGER HER HEART, Tamera Alexander (Zondervan 2017)

ARMANDO'S TREASURE, Melody Carlson (WhiteFire 2017)

ABOVE ALL THINGS, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2016)

TO WIN HER FAVOR, Tamera Alexander (Zondervan 2015)

THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS TOUGH, Neta Jackson (Integrity 2005)

Single Parenthood:

THE MASTERPIECE, Francine Rivers (Tyndale House 2018)

A SCARLET CORD, Deborah Raney (Raney Day Press 2017)


SKY ZONE, Creston Mapes (David C Cook 2014)