Christian Fiction Books That Should Be Turned Into Movies

christian books that should be turned into movies

I love movies. It's the perfect way to escape and relax for a couple hours into another world and story. 

Christian movies, it's a toss-up for me. While I feel there are some really good Christian movies out there like The Passion of the Christ and The Ten Commandments, there are some that I just felt like "eh". However, I do believe there should be more Christian movies in Hollywood. 

I definitely think some of the Christian books I have read would make amazing movies. While I would love to include fantasy or dystopian novels here, these type of movies, unfortunately, requires a huge budget. Think the budget for Lord of the Rings and Avengers. And you need that budget to make the movie half decent. Especially since many of these types of movies require a lot of special effects. 

Without further ado, here are 5 books that I think should be turned into movies: 

Across The Blue by Carrie Turansky

Synopsis:

Isabella 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?

Why It Would Make a Good Movie: 

Movies based on real events, in my opinion, create an interest, especially among history lovers/buffs. Fans of Downton Abby will probably adore this movie and look forward to it. I do feel that this will require a bigger budget as they will need to recreate the airplanes and probably film in an area that resembles the cliffs in the book (probably Canada). 

Cast Ideas:

  • Isabella: Hayley Atwell
  • James: Jonathan Bailey 
  • Mr. Grayson: Hugh Bonneville (why not?)

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen

Synopsis:

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

Rachel's friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls' school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or who--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all.

Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return--but where is he? As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?  

Why It Would Make a Good Movie: 

I think it's due time for a Regency Romance. Sometimes I am in the mood for a good heartwarming romance. Fans of Pride and Prejudice will love this one. I also can see this movie type of movie being nominated for best costume or best leading actress. 

Cast Ideas:

  • Rachel: Lily Collins
  • Mercy Grove: Julia Ormond 
  • Jane Bell: Carey Mulligan

Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

Synopsis: 

In the city of Chicago in 1892, the rules for Victorian women are strict, their roles limited. But sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes are not typical Victorian ladies. Their love of adventure and their desire to use their God-given talents has brought them to the Sinai Desert--and into a sandstorm.

Accompanied by Soren Petersen, their somber young butler, and Kate Rafferty, a street urchin who is learning to be their ladies' maid, the two women are on a quest to find an important biblical manuscript. As the journey becomes more dangerous and uncertain, the four travelers sift through memories of their past, recalling the events that shaped them and the circumstances that brought them to this time and place.  

Why It Would Make a Good Movie: 

We need this book to be turned into a movie! Not only is it a book based on a true story, it also inspires women to create a life of their own. This is what we exactly need today. However, I do think that there will be a need for a bigger budget. Particularly because it will be filmed in places that are far away and harder to film at. 

Cast Ideas: 

  • Rebecca: Felicity Jones
  • Flora: Rosamund Pike

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever.

Why It Would Make a Good Movie: 

I think this movie would bring a message of redemption, hope, and faith. I think Francine does a tremendous job in creating that type of message without overdoing it. So I think that is why her books would make really good movies. I could also see this movie being nominated for best picture or best actor/actress.

Cast Ideas: 

  • Grace: Winona Ryder
  • Roman: Christian Bale

Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar

Synopsis: 

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?

Why This Would Make a Good Movie: 

I love movies that are set around this time period. Something about the story is inspirational and moving. Also, the people that lived during this time were so faithful towards Jesus. And I think movies like this remind us to hold onto our faith. Also, with the right director, this could be a huge hit. It would definitely be nominated for best picture or best leading actress and possibly best cinematography. 

Cast Ideas:

  • Elianna: Priyanka Chopra
  • Ethan: Dev Patel or bring back Jim Caviezel 

 

 

Do you also think more Christian books should be turned into movies? If so, which ones do you think would make good movies? And who should be the actors/actresses? Share in the comments! 

the caffeinated bibliophile