Recently, I asked you all to share some of your favorite books that you’re reading this year and I got so many responses it was amazing!! You guys have read some incredible books, so I put them all together for you with a quick synopsis of each so you can shop your favorites and maybe find some new favorites!!
This 6 week devotional written by Priscilla Shirer that dives into what is the armor of God, why it is so important, and how we are meant to use it. It gives a plan of action for putting it on daily and developing a personalized strategy to ensure victory of the enemy!! This devotional is often done in groups with session plans and leader materials.
Over the years the church has become more and more compromised in blending in with culture and worldly ideals. In this book, Jon Tyson inspires the church and reader to replace compromise with conviction, to renew culture, and to restore credibility. He offers a bold invitation to be a disciple for the Gospel without compromise.
This one spoke to me. As a mom and friend to many other mom’s out there, I feel like we all need this book. Often times as mothers we are told by other Christian women that, if we just prayed more, had more faith, and trusted Jesus, we would have peace. While this is a great start, we often need more tools to fight the worry that so often creeps in. This book helps all those mommas that need help reconciling feelings of fear with faith in God and teaches how you can raise your children in a home full of peace even when you feel anything but.
In this book, Lisa Bevere draws from her own life as she goes into the importance of having and being a godmother. Not one just by title, but an older, wiser, stronger woman you can go to and learn from and who will partner with you through life.
We all like to have fun and know how refreshed and happy it can make us feel, but, when it comes to that versus the business of life, we almost always push off fun and can easily forget about it. This book offers incredibly insight on the importance of chasing fun and how there is a balance where you can have fun and still life a responsible and balanced life.
The founder of It Cosmetics, Jamie Kern Lima, goes in deep on how we so often are our own worst enemy when it comes to self-doubt. This book shows you that you have what it takes to believe in yourself and go from doubting you’re enough to knowing it!! So empowering and important for every woman to hear.
We often think that everything must be thought through down to the minor detail. However, this book reveals that some of the greatest decision makers aren’t those who overly process every detail, but are those who simply focus on only a few things from an overwhelming amount of variables.
This one came suggested from a couple of you and I can see why. This book is a classic fantasy novel for this day and age. It follows a shepherd boy who wishes to be an adventurer and travel to find immense treasures. The treasures he finds on his journey teach many applicable lesson such as listening to one’s heart, learning to read the signs along life’s path, and following one’s dreams.
You might know this name from the TV show that came out recently. This one also came highly recommended by a few of you. This book follows the picturesque family of the Richardsons and the obscure mother and daughter who upend their lives when they move into the neighborhood with some heavy secrets. This book goes into many heavy and intriguing themes such as the weight that secrets hold, the power of motherhood, and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Another strongly recommended one from a few of you. I actually talked about this one in a previous post on good books for book club, but, since it came up so many times, I thought I’d include it here too. Fair warning, this one is a tear-jerker!! It follows the family of a man who has just returned from war with PTSD, his wife, and their daughter, Leni as they move from Seattle to Alaska!! As they settle in Alaska, their family life worsens and the father’s abuse towards his wife increases!!! As their family tries to create a better life, Leni finds companionship with a young boy who also suffers from a dysfunctional family! You may not cry, but it is so well written you can’t help but get emotional!!
Another book turned TV show. This story follows two girls throughout many decades of their friendship. It has the classic duo of Kate (the girl who is a bit of an outsider, nerdy, awkward, etc.) and Tully (the new cool girl who befriends Kate and helps her step out of her shell). For thirty years, these two girls go through life together. They think they’ve gone through it all until a single act of betrayal threatens to tear them apart and puts their friendship to the ultimate test.
This book is beautiful retelling of the prodigal son. It follows Cooper O’Connor who takes everything his father held dear and ran off to Nashville with just a guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. After losing everything and with nowhere else to go, he returns home in hopes to find both his father and his faith.
This book beautifully transports you from modern day to 1940s Paris and back again. It tells the story of Sarah, a ten year old girl, who, in the process of her and her family being arrested by French police in the Vel’ dHiy, locks her younger brother in a cupboard thinking she’ll be back soon to let him out. Flashing forward to modern day Paris, journalist Julia decides to write an article on this dark day and, by interviewing Sarah, uncovers a trail of hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Throughout her discovery of what happened that day in 1942, Julia begins to reevaluate her own life.
This book is another great juxtaposition between what happened two three women in 1875 and how it effected a teacher and her students in 1987. In 1875, three women, one a freed slave, another a pampered heir to a now destitute plantation, and the third the heirs half-sister. After the war, they begin traveling west together in hopes of starting a new life and finding family and fortunes that were once lost. In 1987, Benny, the teacher, can hardly understand the lives of her poverty-stricken students and begins to look through the towns history finding the stories of the three women, their journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.
This story follows the stories of two characters who’s lives cross in unexpected ways. The first, Marie-Laure, lives in Paris and must flee to the walled citadel when the Nazi’s begin to occupy Paris. In their possession, they carry what might be her father’s museums most valuable and dangerous jewel. The second, an orphan boy, Werner Pfennig, who lives in a mining town in Germany. As he grows, he becomes quite good at building and fixing the Nazi’s new instruments and is enlisted to track down those who resist. Their lives intertwine and show how, against all foods, people find ways to be good to one another.
This story also goes from one decade to another. The first being in modern day England where young scholar, Kendra, decides to interview an elderly woman, Isabel, on her experience during World War II. However, the secrets that Isabel reveals act as both a blessing and a burden to young Kendra. The story then jumps to 1940s England and follows the story of Emmy and her sister Julia as they are moved by the Nazis from their home into a foster home. Emmy is soon driven by her ambition to move back to the city to apprentice with a fashion designer causing Julia distress at the thought of not being with her sister. During this conflict, the Luftwaffe rains down causing terrible destruction and cruelly separating the two sisters forever transforming their lives.
Ruthie Lindsey gives a soul-grasping account of her life as she struggles with the unknown. At a young age, she is hit by an ambulance and given only five percent chance to live. Ruthie defies the odds and, after years of happiness, begins to experience debilitating pain. The doctors are completely stumped as to why this is happening. She becomes dependent on painkillers and, as she watches her own life unravel, she sets out to find joy again. She train morphine for wildflowers, fentanyl for sunsets, and begins to wean herself off the drugs and begins the process of healing. This story beautiful depicts the the healing work of optimism and urges us to unlearn the brokenness that we tell ourselves and embrace the wholeness, joy, and healing that lives within us.
This book is a beautifully heartbreaking yet redemptive account of Jeannette Walls’ family. Her charismatic father was the one who truly ignited his children’s imagination and taught them how to embrace life fearlessly. But it was a whole other story when he drank. Her mother on the other hand never wanted to be domestic and resents her responsibility of raising a family. In light of their parent, the Walls children learn how to survive on their own. They took care of one another and eventually moved to New York for a better life. Their parents ended up following them choosing to be homeless as they watched their children prosper. It is truly an intense and complicated story between the loyalty and love of a peculiar family.
This story depicts what happens when expectation meets a dark reality. We follow Juno as she moves in with the seemingly perfect Crouch family. However, the more she lives with them, the more she begins to find cracks in their facade. Juno simply wants to live in peach, but that peace is soon shattered as she hears the Winnie and Nigel Crouch talking about her. This would seem completely fine if Juno didn’t have a secret of her own.
This story follows two families, the Riley’s and the Lamberts’, as they realize their children were switched at birth. The two families bond over the shock of it all and work to become an unconventional modern family. However, a plan to sue the hospital brings to light some disturbing questions about the day their children were switched and cause the Riley’s to question what secrets the Lamberts’ are hiding and if they can even trust them.
I hope this list was able to give you a good idea on what book you’d like to read next. I truly loved looking through all your amazing recommendations. There were so many I couldn’t believe it. If you’d like more of your previous book recommendations or some of my past favorites, simply click HERE or HERE!
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