10 Christian Books I Recommend

IMG_1889-19-06-17-05-41 The lovely picture above was taken by my bestie ( you can find her HERE).

All of these books had a major impact on my life at some point. To be honest quite a few of them came to me when I needed them most, like any good book should. While I find each of them inspirational and they helped me in diverse ways.

1.Shaken by Tim Tebow – I did a full review here, but in short this book is just amazing. I got it for Christmas last year and it could not have come at a better time. It is so encouraging and really shows how living out your faith looks.

2. One Thousand Gifts  by Ann Voskamp – I read this book many years ago but it is really just about being thankful for the little things in life . It also got me into the practice of being grateful and writing down blessings I found each day, and some days that’s hard. The goal is to turn our focus from the negative and show our gratitude towards God for all the things he does provide.

3. The Dream Giver By Bruce Wilkinson- This is a beautiful book told in an analogy. I loved it so much, and it’s such a good reminder that God gives us our dreams and he will help us accomplish them.

4. Preparing to be a Help Meet by Debi Pearl – This is a great book for young women who strive to be a good, godly, wife one day and it would make the perfect gift for a bride-to-be. This book is actually on my reread list for this year. I do remember that it had statistics and information from guys POV, along with just practical advise on relationships.

5. Cross Roads By W.M Paul Young – This book is so amazing!! While I haven’t read the authors more famous book “The Shack” , I can tell you that this one is so very good and should be on everyone’s TBR list.

6. Unafraid By Susie Davis – If you suffer from fear or on going anxiety I can tell you this book is such an encouragement. The author walks you through her very real struggles that’s started as a child, and shows how overcoming fear / anxiety is not an easy thing but it is possible.

7. Before you meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally –  I especially recommend this book for teenage girls who are just starting to seriously notice boys. I remember a friend and I reading this when we were young and discussing how we related to the daydreaming aspect of waiting on our prince charming’s. It really try’s to inspire girls to focus on the here and now, and to become the best version of themselves before they worry about boys.

8. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers – This is a classic ,and there is a reason for that. So many of these daily devotions hit on whatever subject I needed most. I have read it multiple times and each time I use a different highlighter to see what means something to me each time.

9. Kisses From Katie By Katie Davis – This girls story is so unique and amazing.  Katie went to Uganda on a missions trip before college, but her life changed very quickly. Now Katie is the mother of 14 girls she adopted over in Uganda. I love this story because it just shows how God has His own plans for our life if we are willing to follow his lead.

10. Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy McDonald – This is a study book for mothers and daughters to read together. I however read it on my own and then discussed it with my mom as I went. I think I love this book because of its focus on being feminine and modest. It also has lists in the back for other Christian books, and modest clothing sites.

So those are some of my most recommended Christian books. Let me know in the comments if you have read any of the books above? What are some Christian books you recommend?

Forever & Always,

Emily

Top Ten Ways To Capture My Bookish Affection

I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday .  I instantly loved this prompt ( which is actually top ten things that will make me instantly want to read a book) because it’s going to yield such diverse results. Feel free to join in and use this on your own blog , just use the link above. 

Onto my top ten things that will make me read a book or otherwise capture my bookish affections

  1. Historical Fiction : I am such a sucker for HF especially if it has to do with the Revolutionary War or the gold rush. Plus my favorite trope is girls disguised as boys/soldiers, I love the thrill of it and some of the hilarious outcomes. 
  2. Pirates : I’m pretty sure my siblings and I would have made a perfect pirate crew, the debatable part is who would be in charge ( just kidding it would most definitely be me , because I’m better at giving orders than taking them ) I need more pirate books in my life. So if you have any recommendations leave a comment.
  3. If it’s a Diary/ Journal : this obsession probably began with the Dear America books and then escalated with books like The Diary of Anne Frank. I think it’s a cool way to tell a story .
  4. Less Romance More Action : Action movies are my favorite thing of ever, so naturally that is also a must have in books. I read hardly any romance growing up and now even as an adult I’m not a fan , less kissing more things blowing up. 
  5. Books by my Favorite Authors: If I read a book by an author and love it, I’m gonna give their other books a try. While this sometimes ends in disaster I’m more often in love with their other books too.
  6. Happy Endings :  Ok so I know that this is a negative for some people because “that’s not how the real world works”. I’ve said it before and I’ll mention it again that I don’t  necessarily read books for realism. It’s just that their is so much negative in the world that I enjoy reading something where it works out how it’s suppose to. My Mama says I have an idealistic  view on how the world should work, and I’ve been that way since I was little. So give me unrealistic happy endings and leave me to my own devices.
  7. Spies, Heists and over all Thievery: Does anyone else question their moral compass after reading a really good book on thieves? That just me? Ok but seriously I love the planning and logistics behind a good heist! Plus you ever notice how awesome the groups are in these types of books? 
  8. Sarcasm and Witty Dialogue: I love sarcasm! It’s one of my favorite traits in people and characters. Sarcasm always leads to witty dialogue between characters, which is a win because who doesn’t love to laugh. 
  9. Good vs. Evil : While I love morally gray characters because they tend to have more depth, I still love the overall theme of Good vs. Evil. 
  10. Classics : I’m a fan of classics, I have a collection of them ( some I have read, some I haven’t yet). 

I should probably question where I’m headed in life what with loving books about thieves and siblings who could be pirates but alas I am not. Mostly because I’ll just be in my room reading if you ever come looking for me.

Forever & Always, 

Emily

What are some things that will make you pick up a book? What’s your favorite classic? Do you ever want to quit life and become a pirate?