Books I’ve Loved

Someone recently asked me for some book recommendations. Here are some ones that I read from start to finish – which is RARE for me. Just that very fact means I liked them, was drawn into them, and most of all, they made me THINK.

The Walk: A Moment in Time When Two Lives IntersectThe Walk  by Michael Card

It’s out of print but worth getting if you can.  This little book challenged my view of discipleship and corrected my vision on what it looks like to impact the kingdom for Christ. It’s a very personal story of how Michael’s former professor spoke into his life.

Grace-Based Parenting
Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel

This is the parenting book that gave me hope and a vision for what I wanted discipline to look like in my home. It challenged me to let go of my stress over correcting things with my boys that just don’t matter in the grand scheme of God’s kingdom and think through exactly what gospel centered grace looks like with a 4 and 5 year old.

Girl Meets God: A MemoirGirl Meets God  by Lauren Winter

This is Lauren’s memoir of her twisted road to God (via orthodox Judaism). I liked how she wrote. Her voice resonated with me. And it made me reflect—on God, on theology, on how we come to Him, on all kinds of things in His kingdom. One small excerpt just caused me to think on The Lord’s Supper. I still think of communion a bit differently since reading this book.

Sacred Influence: How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of Their Husbands
Sacred Influence  by Gary Thomas
This book changed me. I was heading down the highway of life, and the highway started curving to the left. This book tugged my heart toward an exit, and now I’m heading in a slightly different direction. The scenery on this highway is better. The air is cleaner. And again, I have a better vision for the future. Thank you, Gary.

For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of MenFor Women Only  by Shaunti Feldhahn

This rocked my world. I have 3 sisters and no brothers. I did not know anything about men, to be perfectly honest. I’d read a chapter of this book, look over at my husband, ask him a question, and his response echoed EXACTLY what I was reading time and time again. It was fascinating, eye-opening, and SO very helpful.

The Path of Loneliness  and Keep a Quiet Heart  by Elisabeth Elliot

Path of Loneliness, The: Finding Your Way Through the Wilderness to GodI love this lady. She has spoken soooo much wisdom into my life. The Path of Loneliness is hard to read if you still naïvely believe that if you can just get it all together, your life will turn out as you imagine and that you’ll be protected from deep pain. For the rest of us, it is comforting to hear from one who has walked the path of pain and come out boldly professing the hope and comfort we have through God our Father.

That’s a few of my favorite reads. I will post more in the future.

4 Responses to Books I’ve Loved

  1. Sandra September 3, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    I recently read Sacred Influence and really liked it too. I love everything I've read by Gary Thomas. And Amazon keeps recommending Grace Based Parenting. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing some of your favorites with us. I love to look at what others are reading!

  2. Wendy September 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    Sandra, I've had Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas in my Amazon shopping cart for a while. I really look forward to reading that one too.

  3. strengthfortoday September 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    I have read none of these! I tend to gravitate toward dead guys. lol Guess I'd better get back in the loop. 🙂

  4. Wendy September 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Diane, I should add as a disclaimer that I don't have the patience (or time right now) to work through really long, deep books (i. e. the dead guys), so most of these are pretty short, fairly easy reads.