Recently I read Anne Tyler’s Saint Maybe. The main character, Ian, experiences a great tragedy and turns to a storefront Christian church called “The Church of the Second Chance”. It took me forever to realize Tyler wasn’t going to portray the church as an evil cult or the character as a dupe for believing. It got me thinking I haven’t come across many seriously religious characters. Usually if they are, they are also very unsympathetic, like the father in The Poisonwood Bible.
So what sympathetically portrayed seriously religious characters do you know? I’m mostly interested in books published since 1980 or so.