C.S. Lewis ... Flannery 0'Connor ... Graham Greene ... Toni Morrison. The list of writers who explore Christian themes includes many of our most acclaimed authors. Add to that the phenomenal success of evangelical publishing (the Left Behind series has sold over 65 million copies) and it is clear that both artistically and commercially, Christian-themed literature is one of the most vital areas in modern fiction.
Nancy M. Tischler, PhD, is professor emerita of English and humanities at Pennsylvania State University.
"In selecting Christian fiction titles for a library (church,
school, public, seminary) or even a home collection, one recently
published (September 2009) tool should definitely be considered.
The Encylopedia of Contemporary Christian Fiction: From C.S.
Lewis to Left Behind by Nancy M. Tischler fits the bill as a
book selection tool. This title is the first of its kind to cover
fictional works by both American and British authors, whose novels
with Christian themes have been published since World War II to the
present. . . . this guide will be an excellent springboard for not
only thoughtful discussion and debate, but will give readers a
glimpse into why certain authors write what they write and the way
they write." - Christian Books Examiner
"Tischler provides fresh and informative guidance to those readers seeking to explore questions of Christianity, religiosity and personal faith in modern novels. Her guide is highly suitable for academic, church and public libraries." - Lawrence Looks at Books
"This book is highly recommended to public and academic libraries with a Christian literature section." - ARBAonline
". . . a good addition to public library collections and those of university libraries with strong creative-writing programs." - Booklist
"Tischler (emerita English and humanities, Pennsylvania State U.-University Park) offers a quick reference for readers of novels to information on a contemporary Cristian writer's life, faith, works, and influence. She covers the six decades since the end of World War II, a period she characterizes as post-Christian but increasingly evangelical, and selects writers for their world view and set of assumptions, rather than any particular writing style or explicitly Christian themes. They include Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Wendell Barry, Dan Brown, Graham Greene, Dean Koontz, Toni Morrison, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Anne Rice, John Updike, Alice Walker, and Evelyn Waugh. Each entry has a primary bibliography of novels and a secondary bibliography." - Reference & Research Book News