In this post, I am going to tackle the daunting task of making a list of my top favorite stories. Not just novels, mind you. This list will consist of both novels and movies. Usually one will post their top ten favorite stories, but ten is pushing it for me, as there are some stories that deserve to be on here, but I don’t feel right giving them a spot and not giving ones that I equally like the same.
1. Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker
This is a novel that you either love or hate. There really is no in between. It was banned in Holland for being “too” sensual,and that is the main reason why some did not like the book.
For me, however, I fell in love with this book. Ted gives his character Toma Nicolescu a voice of his own in the first person point of view that drew me in right when I read the first sentence.
The love that Toma felt for Lucine was so pure and made me want to weep for him.
IV’s message was about how in love the Creator has for us, and this is the most important thing to learn.
2. The Restoration Series by Terri Blackstock
This series is by my most favorite author and is by far the most amazing series I have read. Terri combines an original plot where everything that uses energy goes out with the mystery that she has always been known for.
The Restoration series made me think about the evil that man is capable and taught me to be grateful for that which I have.
3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Movies)
I have only read about a quarter of The Fellowship of the Ring and intend to resume reading. Even though the movies aren’t as expansive as the books themselves, they tell a great story that brings you into the world of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Wizards, and much more. I always watch these movies to escape everything around me.
The sets that were built and the effects that were created made the realms of Middle Earth seem as if they actually exist.
The music plays a large role in making what these movies are. Howard Shore’s music for the trilogy sent chills though my bones, and sent tears down my cheeks. He gives each culture their own music and none of them are the same. This adds to the authenticity of the movies even more.
There really is nothing quite like this amazing story of sarcrafice, courage, and the battle between the forces of light and dark.
4. The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
The Bride Collector is my second favorite book by Dekker. Quinton Gauld (The Bride Collector) and Paradise, a patient at the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, are one of the best-crafted characters that Dekker has created.
The mindset of Quinton was disturbing and his progress throughout the story made me laugh (even though I was disturbed), want to yell, want to cry for him and more.
Paradise was a character that I could easily identify with, and one that you could too if you read it. As Dekker says, “We are all Paradise.” We all struggle with our self-image and the issue whether or not we are loved.
Dekker had, once again, created a story that has changed the way I look on how loved we are by our creator.
5. The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy
Erin Healy easily made her way to the top of the list of my favorite authors when I read her solo debut novel Never Let You Go. With her latest novel, The Baker’s Wife, Erin gives to her readers a wonderful tale.
Erin is a writer who has a talent that is hard to master so early in a writer’s career: imagery. The reader can clearly see the fog, the bakery, and smell the scents of freshly-baked muffins, bread, and many other delicacies. Erin draws us into the world of her characters with ease with her talent.
One of the best things about this book was the antagonist, Detective Jack Mansfield. He was a man that you love to hate. His twisting of scripture and his arrogance frustrated and disturbed me to the point that he is now on my list of my top favorite villains.
Along with this great story, Erin teaches her readers a lesson of compassion.
I highly recommend this book.
6. The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker
Dekker’s latest solo release, The Priest’s Graveyard, is definitely one of the most twisted books I have read. There are so many twists and turns while presenting multiple moral dilemmas for the characters, Danny and Rene, that this book was delightful to read. Dekker uses the first person point of view for the second time in his career, but this time it is in the eyes of a woman, Rene. She is a drug addict who has put herself in quite the spot, and her time in the glass house of a man named Lamont is most definitely intriguing. She also has a dark side of her own.
Danny Hansen is a vigilante priest who kills the most volatile of men. When we hear the word “vigilante” we assume that this person is bad and needs to be punished, yes? Maybe, but in this novel, we sympathize with him, we feel his struggles.
7. Vigilante by Robin Parrish
This was my first book from Parrish I have read, and it made it quickly to my top ten list. We see superhero comics, movies, videogames and more, but have we ever really seen a full-length novel? This is what ultimately intrigued me. I quickly contacted the publisher for a copy and started it the day it arrived at my door.
Parrish brings to life an ex-soldier-turned-superhero to life in this book that demands to be read in the least amount of time as possible.