I (Chelle) tend to read non-fiction books. I like to read about true stories of courage, faith, and perseverance. I also like to read books by vulnerable authors who share their own dysfunction and assure me I am not completely crazy for thinking, feeling and acting the way I do sometimes. 🙂
Books also resonate with me at particular seasons of life. It’s hard to pick just 10 or even the 10 absolute best. Another influence on the impact of a book for me is the group of people with whom I have read the book. The good discussion. I love that and it has definitely made books more meaningful to me.
I (Tracy) was in a book club for 10 years and read a fiction book a month. For the last 5 years though I have only read a handful or two of fiction books! I’ve included two of my favorite fiction books and three very impactful nonfiction books.
We would love to hear what books have spoken to you at times in your life. What a blessing that would be to us and to others. Most of the time I read a book because it comes personally recommended from someone else. Let us know some of your favorites.
10. While God Slept by Ted Jones
If you like historical fiction like me (Tracy) you will love this book. It’s one of the biggest books I’ve read. It helped me understand WWII and what was happening when Israel became a state. (This is not what the cover looked like when I read it??)
9. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
An absolute classic written as a story of temptation and the human condition. I (Chelle) read this in high school and it still resonates today.
8. The Christian Heroes, Then & Now by Janet & Geoff Benge
All these books are amazing and very easy to read. They are all biographies and would be great to read as a family. Lillian Trasher was a regular women willing to be used by God. Her story is sooooo inspiring. I (Tracy) LOVED this book!
You are a part of a team whether you are a parent, a CEO, a co-worker, or a volunteer. I (Chelle) LOVE this book on leadership and team building because it is written as a story to illustrate it’s points. You will probably see yourself in at least one of the team member characters. Ouch! Author, Patrick Lencioni reveals how actions and attitudes can make or break a team. Super fast and entertaining read. Pssst…there are a few curse words in this book, just FYI. Can you tell I’m a mom by that comment? 🙂
I (Chelle) loved the Snickers Bar analogy in this book. (I won’t spoil it for you.) How many times do I forfeit the really close personal relationship with God for second best. I am busy doing for God instead of sitting at His feet. I loved the challenge of this book.
5. Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
One of my (Tracy) all time favorite books. You must gather a few people and read this book together. It’ll change your life!
4. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Corrie Ten Boom was thankful to God for her head lice because it kept the Nazi guards away from her sleeping quarters. This allowed her to have prayer time with other women in the concentration camp. Can you believe that?! Unbelievable faith and gratitude in the midst of unthinkable circumstances. Corrie writes, “every experience God gives us…is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see.” Wow. That’s convicting.
3. Mark of the Lion Series (trilogy) by Francine Rivers
What should we rely on God to do and what should we accept responsibility for ourselves when it comes to pursuing holiness in our own lives? Such a fine line. Not legalism but not license to do whatever I want under grace. Do I really see my sin as something that grieves God, or am I wrapped up in my own self-centeredness? Definitely the latter. Finding the balance with God’s power and mercy.
1. Growing Strong in God’s Family – Navigators 2:7 Series
This was our (both of our) most favorite study eeeevvvver! We had a group of 10 ladies from our church who went through all three books. It took discipline but what a bond we had with each other and with the Lord during this time! This study taught us the best method for memorizing scripture. When we finished the study we could all give our testimonies under four minutes (coherently) and to this day, the Lord continues to bring these scriptures to mind.
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