As a chronic reader, I recommend books all the time in my monthly newsletter, and readers tell me this is one of their favorite parts of that email. Here is an ever-growing one-stop shop to find all the titles I’ve loved and recommended!
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1.) Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson. I bought one for all the women in my life last Christmas. This was my favorite non-fiction read of 2017.
2.) God is the Gospel by John Piper. I’m currently working through this one bit by bit. God is the ultimate gift of the gospel. This book helps us understand that though the gospel has many glorious benefits, God is the gift, He is the point, He is the treasure. Such a weighty and good read!
3.) None Like Him by Jen Wilkin. I read this in the summer of 2017. Wilkin gives a straightforward explanation of ten incommunicable attributes of God, why He’s different from us, and why that’s a good thing. I look forward to her follow up book, In His Image, which will come out in May, 2018.
4.) Still Waiting by Ann Swindell. I was on Ann’s launch team, so I was fortunate to receive a free advanced copy of this book. I couldn’t put this book down until I’d finished it! You can read my review here.
5.) Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick. This is one of those books I need to refer back to again and again. Knowing who you are because of Christ’s work on the cross is a huge piece of living in victory over fear and anger. Elyse has such solid theology; I would recommend any book of hers. Another one I really loved was Idols of the Heart (and that’s not just because my publisher is the one who published this book!).
6.) Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. This parenting book is by far the best one I’ve read. It’s also one I need to read time and time again. Gospel-centered parenting begins with gospel-saturated conversations.
1.) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I recommend this book to everyone. It’s one of those books that should be required reading not just because of the historical significance but because of the way it demonstrates God’s ability to redeem even the most broken and battered hearts.
This is the true story of Olympic runner-turned-WW2 prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini, whose fighter plane went down in combat. Spending weeks in a life raft wasn’t the worst thing that happened to him. A Japanese prison camp is where Louis was broken down until armistice. This story is so unbelievable; truth is definitely stranger than fiction. I always tell people, “Persevere through chapter 12!” The explanation of B-52’s isn’t so interesting to me, but it’s important to what happens in chapter 13 and following. You won’t be sorry you stayed with it. I read this book in 2015, and it still ranks as one of the best books I have ever read.
2.) All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth. If you liked The Glass Castle, you’ll like this memoir of an Appalachian woman who came to faith in Christ in the midst of both poverty and plenty. The ending…wow, hang in there for ending! (Edie has a fun Instagram feed, too!)
3.) Still Life by Gillian Marchenko. Gillian is a real life acquaintance, but that doesn’t mean my opinion of her book is biased. (I read her book before I met her!) Her writing style is poignant, which makes for a very interesting read on the topic of depression. You don’t have to have depression to appreciate this book. It’s a helpful resource.
4.) When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. I read this book in less than 24 hours. It is a short book, but that’s not the only reason I read it so quickly. Kalanithi was a renowned neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with aggressive cancer. Beyond neuroscience, Kalanithi had a true gift for writing. This book catalogues his mental battle with his approaching death, and though that sounds morbid, this book is beautiful. I’m not certain of Kalanithi’s spiritual state when he died, though he confesses his belief in God and Christianity at one point in the book. I still think his wrestling with the issue of death–and the fact that every person must grapple with death–is compelling. It’s an important and painfully beautiful read.
1.) Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
I read this one in December, 2017, and though it took me a while to get through it, I really enjoyed it. The character development was so good that I missed the characters when I finished. This one is good for both men and women.
1.) God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell.
Oh, how I love this book! We are a multi-ethnic family, so I’m always on the lookout for diversity in the books we purchase for our boys. But, to find a book about diversity with a thick gospel thread woven around it? YES, PLEASE. I don’t care who you are–you need this book in your life.