On this page, I will be sharing books I’ve read that I think you’ll love. Each book will have a brief description and review. Some books will be fiction, some will be nonfiction, some will be about faith, some will not be faith-oriented. But all will be books I have read (or listened to) that I have loved! Find you next great read here!
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- Anything, by Jennie Allen is amazing! This book tells the story of Jennie and her husband Zac praying the “anything” prayer. Anything God wanted from them, they would do. Sprinkled with stories of other “anything” pray-ers, this book makes you want to jump up and yell, “Here am I – send me – use me!” Nonfiction, Christian.
- I am rereading The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis in 2020 and finding it so refreshing. I’ve never read all 7 books (still have 2 to finish). But even the ones I have read before, I’m seeing through fresh eyes. Everyone – child and adult – should read this series at least two or three times in their lives. Fiction, young adult.
- I loved Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis Majors so much that I wrote an entire blog post about it! A truly inspiring story of a typical American teenager who falls in love with Jesus and then with Uganda. Katie’s story was pivotal to Jennie Allen’s story in Anything. Nonfiction, Christian.
- The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers is set in first-century Rome and shows us what early believers faced. My primary thought as I read these three books was, “How would my faith hold up?” Although fiction, it challenged me to trust Jesus more. Fiction, Christian.
- What Happens When Women Pray, by Evelyn Christenson is a prayer book that has been on my radar for years! And I finally got around to reading it in 2020. First published in 1975, some of the material is dated (phone-based prayer chains), but the principles introduced are timeless. I’m glad I read it, but it wouldn’t be my first recommendation for a prayer book. Nonfiction, Christian.
- A fiction book based on a sad chapter in American history, Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate is heartbreaking and un-put-down-able. I listened to the audio version through Audible and found it hard to stop when I reached my destination! The story follows the oldest of five siblings stolen from their poor parents in Memphis, Tennessee as she tries to save her brothers and sisters from being split up and adopted out to rich families. Historical fiction.
- I loved Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliott. I cannot believe I had never read it, even though I’ve heard about it for years! This is the true story of five young men who died to reach a primitive tribe of Indians with the gospel of Jesus in 1956. It is a testament to the power of their story, their lives, and the gospel, that this book – first published in 1957 – is still in print. The author, Elizabeth Elliott, was one of the widows left behind. She went on to live with the tribe that murdered her husband for many years and saw God change hearts and lives. Nonfiction, Christian.
- I first read This Present Darkness, by Frank Peretti in the last century! Yes, it’s been around since 1986. But more than 2.7 million copies of the book have been sold, so it’s obviously got a message that has staying power! The storyline of This Present Darkness and its companion book, Piercing the Darkness, circle around the spiritual battle being waged around us (Ephesians 6:12). If it doesn’t motivate you to pray – check your pulse! Fiction, Christian.