One of my New Year’s Resolutions from last year was to READ MORE BOOKS.
And I did!!!
I put it on my list again this year because I want to read some more.
SO…thought I’d share some of those books with you guys. I’m adding a few of my favorites from the year before as well because I feel like you should know about them! A few of these books I am still reading, but have read enough to tell you about them 🙂 So here, they are and not in any particular order, but I did put a star by my favorites.
*1. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.
John Luke’s mom gave us a collection of her favorite books for our first married Christmas, and this was one of them. I could kick myself it took me two years to read. One of my favorite books of all time now. It’s a novel about the author’s own life. I guess a bit of an autobiography, but not your typical autobiography. Her childhood story is so crazy that you would think the book is fiction. I’ve been telling everyone I know about it. Jeanette Walls has a story to tell and is such an incredible story-teller.
2. Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst.
Lysa’s heart, oh my gosh, so precious and so sincere. It shines through in her writing. The first time I read this book I was in a season where I was feeling pretty good, yet still found so much joy in reading it. The second time I went back to this book I was in a place of really needing it. It’s for the rejected, the ones not wanted, the uninvited. During a time I was feeling really rejected, this book brought so much needed truth to my life. Any come on seriously, we have all felt like this at one point or another, no matter how big or how small. Please read it and let God come in and work on your heart.
3. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
This one was so fun to read!! It’s historical fiction and follows the story of Dinah who was the only daughter of Jacob from the Bible. It’s written from her point of view and is super interesting as it tells what it was like to be a woman in Biblical times. It is fiction so if you read it, you can’t take everything as 100% fact from the Bible. It takes her story and fills it in…she is real, and the other people in it are real, but her life could or could not have been exactly as it’s written. Really interesting! It goes into a lot of detail in some areas…so be prepared…it is about Biblical *womanhood* if ya know what I mean.
*4. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
Life-changing book. 100%. Tozer somehow spiritually gets super deep yet is super simple at the same time. It is actually pretty profound. This opened my eyes in so many ways to my relationship with God. The main truth of many that I got from this book was we are so capable of having a deep, intimate, real relationship with Him. This book has been more helpful with my walk with the Lord than any other book (except the Bible duh.) Kindle it, Amazon Prime it, or Barnes & Noble it today.
5. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Another one from Korie’s collection, and another historical fiction. It’s about a missionary family who moves to the Congo in 1959. Each chapter is written from the perspective of one of the 4 daughters or wife. I read this in Israel 2 years ago and it was one that after a full day of sight-seeing I’d curl up in my hotel bed and read. So hard to put down!
6. Love Lives Here by Sweet Maria Goff
Heard of Bob Goff?? He wrote Love Does which is another favorite of mine! But this is his incredible wife! She is known by Sweet Maria because she is just that…so incredibly sweet and has such a big heart. You just want to soak up any bit of advice and knowledge you can get from her. Such a good book.
7. What is the Bible by Rob Bell
Have you read anything from him?? Guys he is so interesting and makes some super good points! This book makes you look at the Bible in a whole new way. SO extremely interesting and makes you think about things. Some of you might be thinking “hmmm…Rob Bell…he’s seems to be a pretty controversial guy.” I think everything we read, no matter who its by, we have to hold it up to the Bible. Just because someone may say one thing I do not agree with doesn’t mean that nothing else they say holds any truth. Seriously such a good read!
*8. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.
FAVORITE FICTION EVER. HANDS DOWN. Even JL read it it about 3 days. JUST READ IT.
9. Fervant by Priscilla Shirer
This woman teaches fireeeeeeee. You guysssssssss. This book helped my prayer life so much!! She teaches you the importance of praying specific servant prayers, and how to. This woman loves the word. She is also so funny. This is the kind you want to take kind of slow though. Would be really great for devo time.
10. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
This is a historical, non-fiction book about the life of a woman who owns a zoo in Poland following the German invasion of Poland. I know I use the word “interesting” a lot too (and if you know me in real life I’m sure you agree haha) but this one is so interesting. So eye-opening and insightful and will make you feel so many different things.
11. The Story of With by Allen Arnold
My friend’s mom was talking about this on instagram this summer when we were in Hawaii. So I downloaded it on my kindle app on my phone and read it within a few days. It’s a short, easy read, and holds so many good nuggets of wisdom.
12. Spiritual Mothering by Susan Hunt
This was one I had to read for school, and I procrastinated and read it in a day on our way back from New York haha. But it ended up being so good! If you have a heart for women’s ministry this a good one! Honestly a good one for any Christian woman. It tells about the importance of having a mentor and being a mentor.
13. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
This is the last book I read! Another by Jeannette Walls about her grandmother’s life and keeps you flipping the pages. This is a really good one!
14. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Riggs
This is such a fun read!! Fiction book that just makes you never want to set it down.
15. Hope Heals by Jay and Katherine Wolf
You guys. You need to hear their story and hear their incredible faith through it all. It is so inspiring! Anyone and everyone should read this, but especially if you are in a season of suffering or have a loved one suffering.
*** couldn’t find all my books, but here’s a few!! I hope you guys might can pick some of these up and give them a read! Leave a comment and let me know what you’re reading!! I’ve already read a couple since writing this post, but will save them for another post 🙂