I love books. All kinds of books, from stories that take you away to another world, to words that make you really think, to authors who make you laugh and cry (often at the same time). I almost always have a stack of 3,4,5, even 6 books going at the same time. Rarely do I have only one going on its own. I love jumping back and forth between books, switching genres, depth, humor factor, and length to suit whatever I am feeling at the moment. In the past few months I have added a bunch of new books to my home library. Some I whipped through in a few days, a few I’m in process, and a bunch are on my still-to-read list. Here are a few I would highly recommend:
Books I’ve already read…..top to Bottom:
The Four Loves, by C.S. Lewis. Well, I’m technically not finished with this one yet, but almost. Enough to tell you that it is an excellent treatise on how we love others, the four kinds of love in the world (hence the title), and what true love should look like. C.S. Lewis continues to amaze me with his writing.
When A Crocodile Eats the Sun, by Peter Godwin. A beautiful, haunting, heavy-hearted memior of the civil war that occured at the beginning of this decade in Zimbabwe and the life of Godwins family during those years. Godwin was born and raised in Zimbabwe by parents who immigrated there from England. Through the course of the book a secret past is discovered about his father, leading Godwin into a struggle of heart and identity that closely parallels the war raging in his home country. Well worth the read, although be prepared to cry.
The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones. This is a must-have for anyone who desires to know the heart of God. Lloyd-Jones weaves the gospel in every story she tells, from creation to revelation. With beautiful writing she points us to the heart of the bible. This book is perfect for new parents, old parents, grandparents, children (with or without parents), single people, anybody and everybody!
Ruth Bell Graham: Celebrating an Extraordinary Life. This is a collection of stories gathered from close family and friends of Ruth Bell Graham, the late wife of evangelist Billy Graham. I am in awe of the godly, spunky, character-filled, loving-well woman she was, and have officially made her one of my role models in life. The others are (in no particular order after the first): Jesus, my mom, grannie, grandma, Elisabeth Elliott, and more. All in all, this book was a great picture of what it looks like to walk through life with Jesus as your best friend, loving people well.
Her Mother’s Hope, by Francine Rivers. One of my favorite modern day novelists, Francine Rivers has a unique method of blending history with fictional characters. She does it again in this book, weaving a story loosely based on her own mother and grandmother from WWI through the 80’s. Like the rest of her works, I highly recommend reading this one and the sequel coming out this fall!
…..And now…..the books still to be read…..get excited!! Again, top to bottom
Practical Theology for Women, by Wendy Thorger Alsup. An overview of major theological topics designed to speak into the practical daily lives of women striving to live for Jesus. I am excited to get started on this one soon.
The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World, by John Piper. The name and author pretty much sum this one up. In our postmodern world, it can be hard to make anything ‘supreme’, especially the God of the universe. Piper addresses this serious need in our culture today, calling us back to the biblical truths of the Supremacy of Christ, regardless of the culture. Also looking forward to this one.
Respectable Sins, by Jerry Bridges. He is one of my all-time favorite Christian writers. His other works that I love include The Pursuit of Holiness and Trusting God. I am guessing this one will be just as down to earth and yet also convicting and truthful in its message of how we tend to make certain sins ‘respectable’, and what the Bible has to say about that.
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis. He just keeps showing up on my book list because he is just that great! I’ve read this book by him before, but I finally own it in my library! I want to read it again, thus its presence here. One of the greatest explanation of Christianity ever written, by someone who once believed that God didn’t exist.
The Hole in our Gospel, by Richard Stearns. This book was given to me by a friend, and I am interested in the topic. It is a look at the lack of passion and care for social justice in the church today, which is also something the Lord has been bringing up in my life the past few months. Hopefully this book will help ignite a passion in my heart for the poor and needy.
The Call, by Os Guinness. I have heard that this book is amazing and a must-read for believers, especially those in the ministry. I look forward to seeing if it lives up to its reputation.
The Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard. Another one that I have heard much about, but never before read. And another one that I look forward to discovering its worth and reputation. Also, I like that it has pears on the cover.
The Ragamuffin Gospel(Not Pictured), by Brennan Manning. My brother has made this required reading for me. I haven’t started it yet, but will now that I am done with some of my other books. It changed his life, which is good enough for me to recommend it to others. It will be great to read through it and enjoy being smacked in the face with the truth of the gospel (again, because it is always good to be reminded).
Hope you’ve enjoyed this seasons book list! I’ll post another one in the winter or spring….many of the bottom picture books will have moved up to the top, with my evaluations of them, and more new books will fill the bottom picture!