“To read or not to read? Now that’s a silly question.”
Here are some of my favorites from this year:
The Mitford and Father Tim books by Jan Karon
I love these books. All of them. They make me smile and laugh and pray for imaginary characters. Visiting Mitford is a dream of mine- alas if it only existed on an actual map!
Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick
After several night lying awake with random worries running through my head I picked up this book. Elyse is one of my favorite authors and God used her ability to explain the Word to greatly minister to my anxious heart.
The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
This book was another recommended resource for my trip to China. It helped me understand rural China in a newer and richer way. The Good Earth is superbly written and gives great insight and clarity into the time and culture.
One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a nonfiction book that reads like a novel, captivating the reader and drawing her into a different time. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Charles Lindbergh, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, Henry Ford and Jack Dempsey are all star characters.
Isaiah: God Saves Sinners by Raymond Ortlund
It has a super boring and academic looking cover, but don’t judge! This book helped me see the book of Isaiah through the lens of the gospel. It is rich, deep, challenging, and extremely gospel centered. A quote (I had a hard time picking just one):
If you are in Christ, whatever God is doing in your life right now is not an experiment that he might abandon if he gets fed up with you. You need to know that God would have to stop being God before he’d quit on you. And why is God devoted to you? It’s not because you risk looking like a failure. You already do. So do I. It’s because God will never let his purpose fail. The defeat of grace to sinners would be the defeat of God.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Redeeming Love is a retelling of the Biblical Hosea story set in the gold rush days. It is a powerful story of grace, forgiveness and redemption. It will stick with me for a long time.
Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
I loved this book. It’s funny, entertaining, and well written. It’s a quick read, and well worth your time. Edgerton has a way of putting you right into the mind of his characters- quirks and all.
Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Absolutely one of my favorites of all time. Learning afresh about Christ’s love and the affect the gospel has on my everyday life has completely transformed me. I am privileged to be able to lead a group of ladies through a study of this book and feel so blessed to pass on these same life-changing truths to others.