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The Best Religious Fiction Books: Conspiracy, Suspense and More

August 1, 2012 by Eliza Wood in Blog with 0 Comments

In the event anyone ever wondered what fiction writers do for fun, we read fiction.  In my line of religious work, conspiracy theory books related to religion are always fun to read, and based on how many books are sold, they sure are popular.

They make religion seem less static and dated, and teach cool things along the way. Many go deep into history, geography and politics.  It is a fun way to stretch and learn, but in the end it is important to sort out the facts from the fiction and to put them into storage in the right places in one’s memory.

Today, this “cottage industry’ is huge, but the genre itself continues without really having a name other than “conspiracy.” But, it is not political or other conspiracy stuff that interests this group of religious readers as much, so I think the genre should be called something else.  Some say the genre was started by Dan Brown with The Da Vinci Code, but I can say I’ve been hooked into whatever this genre is since watching the 1981 film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

These days, I love anything dealing with Cathars, Templar Knights, The Holy Grail, The Lost Ark, Ancient Scrolls, Biblical Archeology and the Temple of Solomon — just count me in!  I can’t get enough.

I couldn’t find a good list of these types of books, so I am going to start one here and ask that readers contribute their own favorites in the comments section.  From time to time, we will update the list.

My new favorite is Bloodline by Jim Rollins.

Other favorites include:

Templar and Holy Grail Books

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown

The Templar Legacy, by Steve Berry

The Last Templar, by Raymond Khoury

The Secret Supper, by Javier Sierra

Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol, By Dan Brown


Finds in Archeology Books

Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse


Bible Theme Books

The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman – This is not truly fiction, but is described as: “A superb work of investigative journalism that reads like a detective thriller.”—The Wall Street Journal

The Bible of Clay, by Julia Navarro

The Secret of the Scroll, by Chester Campbell


Shroud of Turin Books

The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud, by Julia Navarro


Devil Theme Books

Devil’s Lair, by David Wisehart

The Club Dumas, by Arturo Perez-Reverte (This book is one of my all time favorites, but have your copy of The Three Musketeers handy as a reference.)


Lost Ark Books

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (based on the 1981 George Lucas/Stephen Spielberg film)


Note: My first religious fiction thriller, Crisis of Faith, is in stores now!


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