5 Christian Books That Would Make Great TV Shows

5 Christian Books That Would Make Great TV Shows

I love a good movie but there is something about a TV show that sucks you in one day and before you know it you have binge-watched the whole series. TV shows are increasingly becoming more popular with the rise of Netflix Original Series and Hulu Original Series. And what is missing is good clean Christian TV. There is a Christian streaming service called PureFlix, but I honestly think Christian TV shows need to be premiered on mainstream TV networks. I really think that if produced and directed right, some of them could become really popular.

What characteristics do I think a book would make a good TV Show? Here are some characteristics I look for:

  • The setting would translate well onto the screen.

  • The characters are rich and well developed.

  • Have a popular time period or theme that most people would be interested in.

  • Potential of a wide fan base.

So without further ado, here are 5 books I think would make great TV Shows:

Cities of Refuge Series by Connilyn Cossette

This series is absolutely amazing. Connilyn does a really amazing job at creating an atmospheric setting. Each character is well developed and I think with the right actors/actresses it would play out well. This series I don’t think will need a too huge of a budget at the start as there aren’t too many crazy battles or complex scenes. So that’s a plus!

Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers

Oh my goodness everyone. Why hasn’t this been made into a TV Series yet?!! I think it would absolutely phenomenal with the technology we have today. In this book series, you will find betrayal, murder, action, and romance, and I think that would pull people in. I would have to say though that it would need a huge budget for the Ancient Rome setting. Also, I wouldn’t want any of the characters ruined so I definitely think there needs to be good actors/actresses hired for the major roles.

The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke

This would make a great mini-series. Fans of WWII I think would really enjoy this one. Set in the Jewish Ghettos during the German Occupation in Poland, it would set itself apart from other WWII shows. This book is really depressing, however, I do find series like these do well on the big screen despite how sad they are.

The Ravenwood Saga by Morgan Busse

Now with Game of Thrones done, I think there is a need for a new fantasy series. What I love about this series is that it’s similar to Narnia in the way that it’s not clearly Christian but has a lot of Christian symbolism. So I like that aspect and I think both Christians and non-Christians alike would enjoy this series. Also, the magic isn’t too extreme so I think they wouldn’t need too crazy of a budget but they would need a good CGI budget for the fantasy setting (unless they film like somewhere in New Zealand or Iceland).

The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

This would make a great mini-series, especially for this time of year. I definitely think this series would be perfect for a Netflix Original Series like they did with The Haunting of Hill House. I would love to see more Christian TV series on Netflix and I would think this particular one would do well. Like the Ravenwood Saga, it’s not clearly Christian so I think there would be a wide fan base.

So there you have it! What books do you think would make great TV Shows? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Christian Books To Read This October

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I am back from a week’s hiatus! Last week I was recovering from a horrible sinus infection and cold. It’s that time of the year! I am doing much better this week and therefore, I have a new post for you! Today’s post is all about what Christian books to read for this Halloween. Even if you don’t celebrate Halloween, I think October is the perfect month to read a spooky book. And I love that Christian books are clean and not as violent as mainstream fiction. There are so many good Christian thrillers that just came out. You are guaranteed to find the one for you!

So without further ado, here are 10 books to read for this October (also how interesting that all the covers have similar colors!):

The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother--who is battling dementia--compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns--and with it, Heidi's fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently--leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn't convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn't want them to succeed--and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.

With her trademark psychological suspense ratcheting up the tension on every page, bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon takes you on a search for a cold-blooded killer with an ambitious goal and deadly intent.

The Delusion by Laura Gallier

By March of Owen Edmonds’s senior year, eleven students at Masonville High School have committed suicide. Amid the media frenzy and chaos, Owen tries to remain levelheaded―until he endures his own near-death experience and wakes to a distressing new reality.

The people around him suddenly appear to be shackled and enslaved.

Owen frantically seeks a cure for what he thinks are crazed hallucinations, but his delusions become even more sinister. An army of hideous, towering beings, unseen by anyone but Owen, are preying on his girlfriend and classmates, provoking them to self-destruction.

Owen eventually arrives at a mind-bending conclusion: he’s not imagining the evil―everyone else is blind to its reality. He must warn and rescue those he loves . . . but this proves to be no simple mission. Will he be able to convince anyone to believe him before it’s too late?

The Girl Behind The Red Rope by Ted Dekker

Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

Her older brother's questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she's seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides--but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?

The Man He Never Was by James Rubart

Torren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but he knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But as the months go on, his memory slowly returns. And the more the memories come, the more Torren slips back into being the man he was before. How can he hang on to the new man he’s become? And who is he really? The man he was . . . or the man he is?

Synapse by Steven James

Soon after experiencing a personal tragedy, Kestrel witnesses a terrorist attack and is drawn into a world of conspiracies and lies that she and Jordan, her Artificial, have to untangle. With a second, more brutal attack looming on the horizon, their best chance of stopping it is teaming up with federal counterterrorism agent Nick Vernon. But the clock is ticking—and all the while, Jordan is asking questions Artificials were never meant to ask.

Deftly weaving suspense and intrigue into a rich, resonant tale that explores faith and what it really means to be human, Steven James offers us a glimpse into the future—and into our own hearts.

Synapse is an unforgettable, gripping story of dreams shattered, a truth revealed, and hope reborn.

All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert

In the wake of World War I in the small, Southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina, the town folk believe they’ve found a little slice of heaven in a mysterious chapel in the woods. But they soon realize that evil can come in the most beautiful of forms.

The people of Bellhaven have always looked to Ellsworth Newberry for guidance, but after losing his wife and his future as a professional pitcher, he is moments away from testing his mortality once and for all. Until he finally takes notice of the changes in his town . . . and the cardinals that have returned.

Upon the discovery of a small chapel deep in the Bellhaven woods, healing seems to fall upon the townspeople, bringing peace after several years of mourning. But as they visit the “healing floor” more frequently, the people begin to turn on one another, and the unusually tolerant town becomes anything but.

The cracks between the natural and supernatural begin to widen, and tensions rise. Before the town crumbles, Ellsworth must pull himself from the brink of suicide, overcome his demons, and face the truth of who he was born to be by leading the town into the woods to face the evil threatening Bellhaven.

Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl

After her mom is being diagnosed with cancer, FBI profiler Kaely Quinn takes time off work to go to Dark Water, Nebraska, to help her brother care for their sick mother.  Upon her arrival, she learns of a series of fires in the small town, attributed by the fire chief to misuse of space heaters in the frigid winter. But Kaely is skeptical, and a search for a pattern in the locations of the fires sparks her suspicion.
After yet another blaze devastates a local family, Kaely is certain a serial arsonist is on the loose. Calling upon her partner from St. Louis, Noah Hunter, and her brother's firefighter neighbor who backs Kaely's suspicions, Kaely and her team begin an investigation that swiftly leads them down a twisted path. When the truth is finally revealed, Kaely finds herself confronting a madman who is determined his last heinous act will be her death.

The String by Caleb Breakey

Welcome to the string, a game of impossible decisions and deadly consequences. Let's go over the ground rules.

Rule #1: Participation is mandatory.
Rule #2: If anyone refuses to play, all threats will come to pass.
Game on.

Get ready for a deadly social experiment as a sociopath known as The Conductor delivers disturbing threats and twisted moral dilemmas to unsuspecting students and staff.

As a powerful instinct for self-preservation sweeps through the campus, one man has a grave decision to make. Will university cop Markus Haas play the game to protect those he loves? Or will he break the string and incite massive chaos--and even death?

Living Lies by Natalie Walters

In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name--but no one knows your secret. At least that's what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son. Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body.

Lane must work with Walton's newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she'll have to decide if saving the life of another is worth the cost of revealing her darkest secret.

I hope you found a new book to read this October! What are you reading this month? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Book Review: The Gryphon Heist by James R Hannibal

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Synopsis:

Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned not to the Moscow desk as she had hoped but to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe--a department only known as "Other." When she is tasked with helping a young, charming Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she'll be back in DC within a few days. But that's before she knows where the designs are stored--and who's after them. With her shady civilian partner, Adam Tyler, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where only criminal minds and unlikely strategies will keep the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault, hovering in the mesosphere.
Even Tyler is more than he seems, and Talia begins to wonder: Is he helping her? Or using her access to CIA resources to pull off an epic heist for his own dark purposes?
In this Ocean's Eleven-meets-Mission Impossible thriller, former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot James R. Hannibal offers you a nonstop thrill ride through the most daring heist ever conceived.

  • Genre: Christian Thriller/Suspense

  • Publisher: Revell

  • Published: 9/3/2019

  • Pages: 400

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.30 Stars


Heidi’s Rating:

4 Stars

Recommended Drink Pairings:

Tea: Kusmi Tea (Russian Tea)

Coffee: Frank’s Special - 1/2 half and half 1/2 sugar with a small amount of coffee.


My redemption, and Paul’s, are not about what we did. Redemption is about what Christ did. Paul’s actions are an outgrowth of his newfound faith. He served out of love and gratefulness.
— The Gryphon Heist

Why I Chose This Book

I am part of the Revell Blogger Program and this was one of the options to review for this month. I chose this particular one because I like a good thriller at this time of year. And the synopsis sounded unique!

First Initial Thoughts

Talia is new to the CIA and is assigned to the Eastern Europe division that really no one has heard of. She really wanted to be a part of the Moscow team and feels like she has failed. There she meets her team and shortly is assigned a mission. She is to make acquaintances with Ivanov - a Russian executive in the defense technology industry. They need to find out about his designs and what he plans to do with them.

While on the mission she gets more acquainted with her team and she suddenly starts to have a distaste for her team member, Tyler. I liked Talia, I found her to be a little impersonal. She lost her father at an early age and I felt she had personal angst against God. She thought God punished her and took her dad away. She spent years angry and I think that hardened her.

I liked Talia’s team. I loved the little banter they had with each other. I didn’t feel that it was too overdone and I liked the varied personalities in the team. I would have liked to learn more about Jordan, Talia’s chief so I hope she is included more in the upcoming series.

Setting

In this first book in the series, we are taken to places as far as Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe. I liked that James introduced us to countries that are not too often written about in the Christian genre. I would definitely like to see more Christian books set in Russia and Eastern Europe!

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
— Mark 11:25

Final Thoughts

I definitely could see Talia like Ilsa on Mission Impossible 5. Speaking of this movie, I could see it quite similar to this movie. I am not saying he copied any of the movie franchise stories but I sometimes had a feeling he was trying a little too hard for the story to be like a big blockbuster. I thought James used technology that we technically don’t really have yet but I also understand that this is fiction and stories like this don’t always have to be realistic.

However, I did find the story to be fun, unique, and fast-paced. I did find that the beginning of the book was a little slow but by page 100 it picked up and never stopped from there. I also found the action easy to follow. Sometimes when I am reading an action scene it’s a little hard to follow but James was able to write it in a way that wasn’t hard to follow.

Talia learned a lot in this story. She found out who killed her dad and at that moment she had to learn to forgive that person for what they did. Which is probably the most important part in my opinion in the story. She learned to let things go, be a little more open, and let people in. I think through that experience she learned to grow up a little and be a part of the team.

Would I Recommend?

Yes! I think fans of thrillers and suspense novels will thoroughly enjoy this one.


You can purchase the book —-> HERE

the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

5 Books To Read Similar To Downton Abbey

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Downton Abbey has officially released in theaters! My husband and I are planning to go see it in theaters very soon. We absolutely loved the show and never missed an episode. We miss the characters and are excited to be reunited with Downton. If you are also excited about the movie, what better way to celebrate than to read a few books similar to the show!

So without further ado, here are 5 books similar to the show, Downton Abbey.

The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.

Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.

While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?

Across The Blue by Carrie Turansky

sabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?

The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M White

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she's British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook's friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother's death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook's life is threatened do they draw close--but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of
the very rare treasure in her possession--and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

Ashton Park by Murray Pura

Among the green hills and trees of Lancashire, only a few miles from the sea, lies the beautiful and ancient estate of Ashton Park.

The year is 1916. The First World War has engulfed Europe and Sir William's and Lady Elizabeth's three sons are all in uniform―and their four daughters are involved in various pursuits of the heart and soul.

As the head of a strong Church of England family for generations, Sir William insists the Danforth estate hold morning devotions that include both family and staff. However, he is also an MP and away at Westminster in London whenever Parliament is sitting. During his long absences, Lady Elizabeth discreetly spends time in the company of the head cook of the manor, Mrs. Longstaff, who is her best friend and confidante. This friendship includes visits to a small Baptist church in Liverpool that exposes Lady Elizabeth to a less formal approach to Christian worship and preaching than she is used to and which she comes to enjoy.

Not By Sight by Kate Breslin

With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover.

Blinded by patriotism and concern for her brother on the front lines, wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry will do whatever it takes to assist her country's cause. When she sneaks into a posh London masquerade ball to hand out white feathers of cowardice, she never imagines the chain of events she'll set off when she hands a feather to Jack.

And neither of them could anticipate the extent of the danger and betrayal that follows them--or the faith they'll need to maintain hope.

I hope you liked the recommendations! Are you a Downton Abbey fan as well?

the caffeinated bibliophile