Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Dads in Christian Fiction

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Father’s Day is in 5 days! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday edition is on my favorite fathers in Christian fiction, but before I go there. I have to mention my amazing husband. The picture below is from Father’s Day last year when Little Man was 9 months old. I just can’t get enough of this pic.

Now, to my top ten list of fictional fathers.

Dan Justice

I read this book for the first time over a decade ago and I loved every minute of it, and cried just as much. Widowed father Dan has so much grief, yet his love for his children shines through.

John Baxter and Landon Blake


It would be impossible for me to forget John Baxter and Landon Blake. John Baxter is the patriarch of the Baxter family and the rock while Landon takes on the role of father when he married John’s daughter. Love Story is Karen Kingsbury’s newest release while Remember is the 2nd book in s a 25 book series. I can’t recommend this series enough. I chose the two books above because Love Story is a retelling of John Baxter falling in love with his wife while Remember is Landon’s most prominent story. For a full list of the Baxter series books, check out Karen Kingsbury’s site here.

Dan Mattson

This is a heartbreaking story with a beautiful end. Dan Mattson loses both his wife and daughter and then moves in next door to Callie, a single mother. I love this story of restoration and second chances.

Beau Callahan

Technically, Beau Callahan isn’t a father in this book, but when he meets Eden and her son, he falls for them both. I love stories like these–and it’s by Denise Hunter so it’s an amazing book.

Ty Porter

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know I love Becky Wade’s books, but Meant to be Mine is by far my favorite. In this book, Ty discovers he’s a father five years too late and steps in, trying to make up for the time he’s lost.

Darek Christiansen and John Christiansen

I can’t say too much about this book since it’s on my TBR read list, but I’ve read the books toward the end of the series. What I love about Darek is he’s very real. You see his struggles, his love, his personality. And it makes him that much more lovable. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the patriarch of the family John Christiansen. He reminds me in some ways of John Baxter–steadfast, godly, and loving.

Garner Bradford

I don’t know what it is about the fathers Becky Wade writes, but I can’t get enough of them. Garner Bradford does not have it easy, and this novella is written in a unique style. (By the way, if you follow the link on the picture, the kindle version is FREE.)

Bo Porter

I can’t forget Ty’s older brother Bo. Now, we don’t get to see very many moments of him as a father in the Porter series because he and Meg fight infertility. I feel even more for them because Meg had several miscarriages before they finally hold their own children in their arms.  (The man in the picture is NOT Bo Porter, neither is the woman Meg.) Their story of infertility is woven throughout the series and finished in the last book which is about Bo’s sister Dru.

What about you? Any books come to your mind? Have you read any of these books I listed? As always, I can’t wait to hear from you. 

Happy Father’s Day!

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