This is the spot where the best Christian books to read will be housed. Whether it’s on my “Christian books to read (TBR)” or if I finished and loved it, it will be here. If I shared about it in an email, or I’m still thinking about it 5 books later, you get to hear about it!
Christian book reviews are my way of spreading the Good News. When a Christian book successfully accomplishes the goal of fully using the talents God gave the author, inspires me to be a better person or reminds me that I’m forgiven, and need to act like it, it’s a win. Then I have to share it with someone, and you all are the winners!
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Christian Books to Read: My TBR
February 2021 Christian Books to Read:
I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children well, the title kind of says it all. This one should be good for me both as a mom, and as a child of God!
The Hope and Glory Trilogy from Elizabeth Camden is my reward for cleaning out my email inboxes 🙂 (I filed/deleted 24k emails!) I’ve been looking forward to this bit of historical fiction for months, and I now have all three, so I’m ready to dive in. The Spice King, A Gilded Lady, and Prince of Spies take place in high society D.C. during the start of the 1900s.
I’ve just finish the Redeeming Love Companion Study It’s been years since I’ve read Redeeming Love, and I enjoyed revisiting old friends, and gaining more insight into this particular allegory/Biblical retelling. If you like Fun women’s devotionals, I recommend reading this one!
The Redeeming Love Companion Study is a powerful book. The well-chosen excerpts are perfect launching pads for some deep study. 6 weeks, 3x per week, 10-15 minutes each, with a bit of the original story, the author’s backstory, and up-close encounters with Biblical truth and characters. This book is painful, and yet full of life and hope. It definitely applies to us today, as much as ever.
I received a copy of this book from #NetGalley, and chose to review it here. all thoughts are my own.
I got sidetracked by my advance copy of The Great Sex Rescue, and put everything else on hold for a few days. I highly recommend everyone read this book, and you can read my full review here. Sheila Gregorie surveyed 20,000 women, to see how the teachings in the top Evangelical Christian marriage books have had harmful consequences in countless marriages. She shows that we can expect so much more good!
Somebody, Someday: A Journey of Homelessness, Faith, and Friendship is somewhat out of my comfort zone, but it was well worth the trip.
Joye had her purse stolen. Butch found it, or at least enough of the contents that he was able to mail it back to her. He’d never done anything like that before, but this time, he did. They ended up exchanging letters for 25 years.
These excerpts from Butch’s letters and Joye’s notes and commentary is a very powerful read. It takes about 1.5 hours, but is best read over a few days, or it would likely be overwhelming.
There’s so much more involved in homelessness than just lack of a permanent dwelling place. Many other ‘norms’ and ‘rights’ are missing, too. Even basic human decency can be denied. But there’s also so much room to see kindness at its best.
This book will not leave you the same as when you started it. You’ll probably look at the world, and your options a little differently!
Anyone, whether that be a social worker or a missionary, struggles with how to help the disadvantaged. Sometimes the best help is not to radically change a person’s culture to ours, but to be there for them in theirs.
I received a copy of Somebody, Someday from the author, and chose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.
Here’s my January, 2021 List of Christian books to read:
1. Make Me Like Jesus: The Courage to Pray Dangerously is a challenging book, convicting in many ways, but full of hope. Full review here.
2: Started: the Redeeming Love Companion Study (6 weeks, 3 lessons each)
4. Rooted is a story of one small act of kindness, and its impact. Next week’s email devotional will be on Rooted. Join my email community if you don’t want to miss it!
Christian Book Reviews: Fiction
Thornton Trucking Company Trilogy is a tricky trilogy to read. It deals with some difficult subject matter, but does so with grace. There’s disapproval of the sins, without condemnation. There’s redemption and hope, and there are a few threads left untidy, because that’s what real life is like. I just finished book 3, and What a finale!! I would definitely add this to your Christian books to read list, with the following disclaimer of sensitive issues:
There are a few words I wouldn’t use, but not many, and not just for effect. There’s premarital activity, human trafficking, and people struggling with inappropriate viewing habits. Never explicit, but clear, and to good purpose. I really like how “real” the characters are, and the reasons for their struggles, but especially the believable growth!
A Christmas Romance Collection: This is a set of 6 Christmas romances, and while I didn’t get to finish all of them in december, a couple of them really stood out to me:
Finding Love in Big Sky Montana by Angela Ruth Strong was hilarious! There’s some “be still, you don’t need to defend yourself” and some definite lessons in accepting our value from God, before we look to those around us.
A Christmas Homecoming by Kimberly Rose Johnson was a fun, sweet story of an ‘ugly duckling’ discovering the lies she’s believed since childhood, and fighting them.
You can find lots of other amazing Christian Christmas stories here!
Christian Book Reviews: Nonfiction
Over Christmas, I finished reading Unraveling Fairy Tales, a 10 week (x5 days each) devotional based on some favorite fairy tales, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially teen girls and young adults who would benefit from some grounding, and women who’ve been through a lot and need a reminder of God’s love. You can read my full review, and some other great Christian fairy tale retellings.
Beyond the Behavior: 4 Steps to Capture & Influence Your Child’s Heart, Beliefs, & Behavior is one of the most helpful Christian books to read if you’re a parent, or if you spend much time with kids. Especially the ‘sensitive’ ‘overly emotional’ type.
Lindsay reminds you first, of some important Biblical truth about God’s position, and yours as a mom (or any parental person) Then she gives you practical steps to short circuit some meltdowns, and equip your precious kids to handle their big emotions.
The brain science lessons are fascinating, and truly helped me understand a few things in my own life, and about several loved ones as well as changing how I deal with my elementary son.
What Is On Your Christian Books To Read List?
I’d love to hear what’s on your Christian Books to Read list. Have you read any of the ones I’ve mentioned?
Do you need a reading challenge to help you pick what you want to read this year, or a do-it-yourself faith and fiction devotional to help you grow with each book you read?