The most inspiring contemporary christian romance books

Written by Silke, updated 08 Jun 2021

Taking a short break from the razzle and dazzle of more explicit contemporary romance books, we have compiled a list of the most popular spiritual romance books featuring christian heroes and heroines in modern times.

In some of these novels, the main characters' faith is a main theme of the plot and strong christian themes are abundant. In other entries in our list spirituality plays a more subtle role, but is nonetheless ever present as guiding principle and through quiet conviction.

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  • #1 Mists of the Serengeti - Leylah Attar

    Mists of the Serengeti - Leylah Attar

    christian contemporary alpha male friends to lovers virgin heroine

    Once in Africa, I kissed a king...

    "And just like that, in an old red barn at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, I discovered the elusive magic I had only ever glimpsed between the pages of great love stories. It fluttered around me like a newborn butterfly and settled in a corner of my heart. I held my breath, afraid to exhale for fear it would slip out, never to be found again.”

    When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.

    Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter... more

  • #2 Unfailing Love - Julie Lessman

    Unfailing Love - Julie Lessman

    christian young adult contemporary

    She stole his heart. He stole her peace. Can hope steal their pain?

    At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack Carmichael, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves. Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith... more

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  • #3 A Love Like Ours - Becky Wade

    A Love Like Ours - Becky Wade

    christian contemporary western

    Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

    When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run... more

  • #4 One Tuesday Morning - Karen Kingsbury

    One Tuesday Morning - Karen Kingsbury

    christian mystery suspense contemporary

    I’m a firefighter, God, so I know I’ve been in some tough places before. But this . . . this not knowing the people I love . . . this is the hardest thing I can imagine. The last thing Jake Bryan knew was the roar of the World Trade Center collapsing on top of him and his fellow firefighters. The man in the hospital bed remembers nothing. Not rushing with his teammates up the stairway of the south tower to help trapped victims. Not being blasted from the building. And not the woman sitting by his bedside who says she is his wife.

    Jamie Bryan will do anything to help her beloved husband regain his memory, and with it their storybook family life with their small daughter, Sierra... more

  • #5 Dancing with Fireflies - Denise Hunter

    Dancing with Fireflies - Denise Hunter

    contemporary christian politician

    Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.

    Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she'd never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.

    The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He's loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother... more

  • #6 Resisting Temptation - K.C. Lynn

    Resisting Temptation - K.C. Lynn

    contemporary christian military second chances fighters

    Faith ~ 
Cade Walker is like no man I’ve ever met before. He’s cynical, brooding, mysterious and, most of all, damaged. He’s a man who declares he’s broken, and one who detests the two very things I live for most: God and love. Yet, I’ve still fallen completely in love with him because I also see the good, something that no one else ever has. I see a man who is strong, silent, honorable and beautiful. He’s a man who is now scarred just as badly on the outside of his body as he is on the inside, all because of me. One who endured severe torture in order to save me from what would be the worst thing I will ever experience in my entire life... more

  • #7 Always on My Mind - Susan May Warren

    Always on My Mind - Susan May Warren

    contemporary christian clean

    After a failed dig in Honduras, aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, the woman of his dreams. But when he arrives unannounced on her doorstep, he receives the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else’s baby.

    Heartbroken, especially when he discovers the identity of the baby’s father, Casper tables his dreams and determines to be dependable for once, helping his older brother, Darek, prepare the family resort for its grand reopening... more

  • #8 The New Rulebook - Joy Ohagwu

    The New Rulebook - Joy Ohagwu

    christian young adult suspense contemporary mystery

    Ruby Masters just saw a woman die. And discovered The New Rulebook—something she knows nothing about. But it knows everything about her—enough to frame her for murder. Ruby calls on the one person she trusts, her best friend, Robert Towers. Robert will find a way out. He always has. But she didn’t count on him falling in love with her—and turning Christian.
    His unrelenting grip on a newfound faith irritates Ruby—until she finds herself captured behind enemy lines, helpless, alone, and with no way out.
    When all human effort fails, what she gets at the end, is the one thing she didn't see coming, completely changing her life and Robert’s... more

  • #9 Just Between You and Me: A Novel of Losing Fear and Finding God - Jenny B. Jones

    Just Between You and Me: A Novel of Losing Fear and Finding God - Jenny B. Jones

    contemporary christian

    The only thing scarier than living on the edge is stepping off it.

    Maggie Montgomery lives a life of adventure. Her job as a cinematographer takes her from one exotic locale to the next. When Maggie's not working, she loves to rappel off cliffs or go skydiving. Nothing frightens her.

    Nothing, that is, except Ivy, Texas, where a family emergency pulls her back home to a town full of bad memories, painful secrets, and people Maggie left far behind . . . for a reason.

    Forced to stay longer than she intended, Maggie finds her family a complete mess, including the niece her sister has abandoned... more

  • #10 Meant to be Mine - Becky Wade

    Meant to be Mine - Becky Wade

    contemporary western christian secret child

    Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school--irresistible. When their paths cross again after college-- still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

    The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia's ready to be Ty's wife, but Ty's not ready to be her husband. He's a professional bull rider; he lives on the road, and he's long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he's known since childhood.

    Five and a half years pass... more

  • #11 Bring on the Blessings - Beverly Jenkins

    Bring on the Blessings - Beverly Jenkins

    suspense contemporary african-american christian politician

    On Bernadine Brown's fifty-second birthday she received an unexpected gift—she caught her husband, Leo, cheating with his secretary. She was hurt—angry, too—but she didn't cry woe is me. Nope, she hired herself a top-notch lawyer and ended up with a cool $275 million. Having been raised in the church, she knew that when much is given much is expected, so she asked God to send her a purpose.

    The purpose turned out to be a town: Henry Adams, Kansas, one of the last surviving townships founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. The failing town had put itself up for sale on the Internet, so Bernadine bought it... more

  • #12 It Had to Be You - Susan May Warren

    It Had to Be You - Susan May Warren

    athletes contemporary mystery suspense christian

    Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen's cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits--and starting to fear she doesn't have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

    Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior--on and off the ice... more

  • #13 The Goodbye Bride - Denise Hunter

    The Goodbye Bride - Denise Hunter

    contemporary christian clean

    Following a concussion, Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.

    It’s taken Zac months to move on after Lucy left him with no explanation. He’s thrown himself into his family’s farm and his restaurant business in Summer Harbor. Now Lucy’s back, vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. She needs his help putting the pieces together, but letting her back into his life is a risk—and the stakes are high... more

  • #14 Fireproof - Eric Wilson

    Fireproof - Eric Wilson

    contemporary suspense christian men in uniform

    INSIDE BURNING BUILDINGS, Captain Caleb Holt lives by the firefighter's adage: NEVER LEAVE YOUR PARTNER. Yet at home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

    Growing up, his wife Catherine always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter . . . just like her father. Now, after seven years of marriage, she wonders when she stopped being "good enough." Countless arguments and anger have them wanting to move on to something with more sparks.

    As they prepare for divorce, Caleb's father challenges him to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare... more

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