Faith through Fiction: Putting God First


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Do you struggle to find reading material for your tweens, teens, and young adults that is both entertaining and edifying? Something that’s fun to read but isn’t filling their minds and hearts with toxic values, explicit sex, or dark/occult themes?

If you do, then the authors at Catholic Teen Books are a lot like you! These award-winning fiction authors are mothers, teachers, homeschoolers, and more – all seeking to provide young Catholics with engaging but wholesome novels. They write stories that mirror the struggles today’s teens face through a variety of genres that appeal to both young men and women.

Why fiction?

Don’t underestimate the power of a story. A well-written story takes us into characters’ lives and lets us live through them for a while. Faith-filled fiction can entertain and take us on an exciting journey, but more importantly, it can change lives. Strengthen our resolve. Help us grow in virtue. And bring us closer to God.

In the monthly video series Faith Through Fiction, Catholic Teen Books authors T.M. Gaouette (The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch) and Leslea Wahl (The Perfect Blindside) discuss a topic relevant to today’s teens then share insights from a special guest author. They also share reading recommendations based on those themes.

In this month’s episode, Catholic Teen Books hosts author Carolyn Astfalk (Rightfully Ours) discussing this month’s theme of putting God first. The featured book is Secrets: Visible & Invisible, a short story collection by seven Catholic Teen Books authors that includes a variety of genres from contemporary to historical and dystopian.

The premiere episode of Faith Through Fiction is available online with featured author Theresa Linden (The West Brothers series, Chasing Liberty trilogy) and featured book Roland West, Outcast.

For more information on Catholic Teen Books and other reading recommendations, visit

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Copyright 2019 Carolyn Astfalk for Catholic Teen Books


About Author

Carolyn Astfalk is a wife, mother of four young children, and a writer. Her contemporary Catholic romances are available at She is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, a Catholic Teen Books author, and blogs at My Scribbler’s Heart. Visit

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