1.) Paradise Lost by John Milton : poetical re-telling of the Fall of Mankind and Eden
2.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: humans are fallible; but acts of grace can prevail to change lives
3.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: God is everywhere...even in the most unlikely of places, stirring the most vengeful of hearts
4.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: a tempted young woman is willing to sacrifice love and security to stay true to herself and her convictions.
5.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: reminds readers of the Biblical book of Exodus. Travails and triumphs are realized; but so are moments of goodness and light.
6.) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: a beautiful realization of many different kinds of love from carnal lust to romantic and true fidelity.
7.) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: one defining act of undeserved grace changes a man and everyone he encounters for the rest of his life
8.) Silas Marner by George Eliot: an old miser finds love again in a joyful orphan and realizes that money can never replace human connection and devotion.
9.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: signifies the power of ultimate sacrifice not unlike Christ's gift to us on the cross.
10.) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: eccentric sojourner embodies Christian virtues such as truth, goodness, chastity and the will to fight for the right—no matter how the world turns against him.
Several novels in the Western canon embody many Biblical truths. What are some of your favorites?
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