10 Great Books about Redemption

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 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

The Easter season is a at its heart a story of redemption.

The theme of redemption isn’t a new one, obviously, but it is a popular one. Redemption stories cross religious and genre boundaries to become one of our universal truths. Thus, in honor of this Easter season I have compiled 10 of my favorite stories about redemption. These stories come from different genres and are all quite different. However they each carry the important message of redemption.

10 Great Books about Redemption

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini



Les Miserables by Victor Hugo



Makes Me Wanna Holler by Mathan McCall



Peace Like a River by Leif Enger



Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton



One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp



The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne



Gun Needle Spoon by Patrick O’Neil



Just Mercy – A story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

(I have written a book review of this one.  You should check it out here)



The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelly Pearsall



Now I purposefully did not include overtly Christian books in the above list.

I wanted to illustrate that the idea of redemption is universal. However I would be remiss if I did not take the chance to highlight the eternal redemption offered by Jesus Christ. Therefore I offer three bonus titles.

Here are a few great books that serve to illustrate and celebrate the Great Redeemer.

Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry by Mike Wilkerson


Broken into Beautiful How God Restores the Wounded Heart by Gwen Smith


The Passion and the Cross by Ronald Rolheiser


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