African American Fiction

Our librarians recommend these African American authors:

In addition, here are a list of recommended African American Christian Fiction titles:

A Man Inspired

A Man Inspired

by Derek Jackson

After a failed attempt to commit suicide, a motivational speaker who doesn’t practice what he preaches has a revelation through an unlikely mentor, and undergoes a fortuitous transformation.

Abraham's Well: A Novel

Abraham's Well: A Novel

by Sharon Ewell Foster

A young mother and her son struggle to hold on to their dreams through decades of heartbreaking separations, relocations, and escapes.

ain’t no valley: A Novel

ain’t no valley: A Novel

by Sharon Ewell Foster

“Authony: a banking executive, and Naomi, a dentist, are two people who have trusted their jobs and status to make them whole—“until they are suddenly without cither. Against the backdrop of San Francisco and plans for a California Wedding for Mary and Moor (from Ain’t No Mountain).

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Awakening Mercy

Awakening Mercy

by Angela Benson

This is a contemporary story about a successful career woman and a man who run a social services agency in inner-city Atlanta.

Blessed Trinity

Blessed Trinity

by Vanessa Davis Griggs

Part Terry McMillan, part Jan Karon, bestselling author Griggs combines superb writing, mystery, and suspense in the first book in a powerful new trilogy.

Brother Word

Brother Word

by Derek Jackson

Chance Howard, dubbed “Brother Word,” is a man tormented, running from a tragedy his faith-healing gift couldn’t prevent. Now those he helped are after the truth, a skeptical reporter is on his trail, and someone from his past is back with a vengeance. The only way to save himself is to reach out for help and put his life and his fate in God’s hands.

Chosen

Chosen

by Patricia Haley

From national and “Essence”-bestselling author Haley comes the first in a inspirational three-book series—a modern-day family saga loosely based on the three biblical kings David, Solomon, and Saul.

Defining Moments

Defining Moments

by Jacquelin Thomas

From the Essence bestselling author of The Prodigal Husband comes an inspiring novel about one woman’s spiritual journey to overcome the mistakes of her past-and face the truths of an inescapable future.

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Divas of Damascus Road

Divas of Damascus Road

by Michelle Stimpson

From the highly acclaimed author of “Boaz Brown” comes a humorous and triumphant novel about a family of Christian women who turn their lives around, much like Saul did after his encounter with God on the road to Damascus.

If Memory Serves

If Memory Serves

by Vanessa Davis Griggs

Scandalous secrets, impossible choices, and supreme tests of faith combine in this thrilling new novel from bestselling author Vanessa Davis Griggs.

If the Shoe Fits

If the Shoe Fits

by Marilynn Griffith

In Griffth’s second book in her trilogy about three African-American women who form “The Sassy Sistahood,” Rochelle Gardner makes beautiful shoes for other people, but hides her own less-than-perfect toes. When she’s faced with the growing affections of three different suitors, Rochelle turns to The Sassy Sistahood for support. Original.

let sleeping dogs

let sleeping dogs

by Patricia Haley

“Essence” bestselling author Haley is back with the tale of a family hiding dormant, long-forgotten secrets, and a daughter compelled to address the issues, regardless of the consequences.

No Regrets

No Regrets

by Patricia Hayes

From the bestselling author of “Nobody’s Perfect, ” comes a redemptive and rich novel about two people who discover the healing power of love and faith.

One Prayer Away

One Prayer Away

by Kendra Norman-Bellamy

Seven years ago, Mitchell Andrews made the biggest mistake of his life. Turning to alcohol to temporarily drown out his own grief and guilt, he alienated his wife and she left him in fear of her life after Mitchell started becoming abusive. This wake up call began a search which led to sobriety and a new life in Jesus Christ.

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Practicing What You Preach

Practicing What You Preach

by Vanessa Davis Griggs

The first work in a new Christian-themed series from the author of the Blessed Trinity trilogy follows the courtship between a divorced pastor and a devout churchgoer.

Sweet Magnolia: A Novel

Sweet Magnolia: A Novel

by Norma L. Jarrett

On the surface, the Ledouxes live an idyllic life among the upper-echelon of New Orleans’ most powerful. But once relatives come together to celebrate a wedding, generational secrets that have spanned decades slowly come to the surface and lead two sisters to uncover the truth about their family and themselves, testing their spiritual reserves.

The Amen Sisters

The Amen Sisters

by Angela Benson

A Christy Award finalist offers a bold and gritty story about one of the most talked about issues in the church—religious leaders who sexually abuse members of their congregations—and how two women heal after betrayal.

The Ex Files

The Ex Files

by Victoria Christopher Murray

From “Essence” bestselling author Murray comes a page-turner about four women attempting to heal their broken hearts by joining a church prayer group. When tragedy strikes their group, they will be forced to examine their lives, choices, and relationships from a new perspective.

Up Pops the Devil

Up Pops the Devil

by Angela Benson

Two hard years in prison have changed Wilford “Preacher” Winters for the better. He did his time, now he’s going to “do the right thing.” But the women in his life have other ideas.

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Watercolored Pearls: a novel

Watercolored Pearls: a novel

by Stacy Hawkins Adams

“Watercolored Pearls” is a page-turning story of how God can use the tragic, the shameful, and the less-than-perfect circumstances of life to create something beautiful.

Last updated: May 20, 2014