I looooove to read but honestly it took me a long time to pick up a Christian book. I was perfectly happy with my Divergent, Hunger Games and Covenant series (I’ll probably do a regular book post at some point. This series is SO good. I’ve read it three times 🙈). So I was nervous about Christian books, I thought they would be hard to get into…but dang I was wrong! Below are my favorite Christian books. Four of them are stories and two of them are non-fiction. Regardless of what type they are, they all left me with something I didn’t even know I needed.
1: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
This is one of my favorite books and the book I recommend to anyone just starting to dip their toes into Christian literature. It’s a beautiful love story based on the book of Hosea. The main character, Angel, is a prostitute in California during the gold rush. Hosea is a farmer and incredibly Christian man that lives outside of town. And that’s all I’m going to tell you! Their story both breaks your heart and heals it. My boyfriend actually read this book before me. He said he wanted to read it again before marriage, as an example of how to love his wife (excuse me while I melt ❤️).
2: The Shack by William P. Young
Some people loved this book and some people hated it. I didn’t know much going into the book besides that my boyfriend (again) recommended it and that my mom couldn’t finish it. The story is difficult to swallow at some times but I will tell you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Have your tissues ready. I called Austin (bf) crying and was like, “Why did you make me read this?!” But he came over and held me while I kept reading until things in the book got a little better. This book reminded me of the only place to find true healing and that we can never put God in a box (…including what we think He looks like).
3: Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
After reading The Shack, a book like this is much needed! You’ll most definitely fall in love with Colton. I may have even been a little jealous of his experience in a seeing heaven not dying way! The premise of this story is that when Colton was three he flatlined for a few minutes before a team of doctors were able to bring him back. During the next few weeks Colton begins saying and knowing things about Heaven. All things a three year old hasn’t been taught yet and isn’t old enough to read…so how does he know? (wink, wink 😉)
4: A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
This book is by the same author as the first on my list (Redeeming Love). It consists of five short stories of women in Jesus’ lineage. It took me a long time before I actually opened this one and gave it a chance. I was blown away. Regardless of if the stories are exactly accurate or not, they gave me a whole knew perspective of the impactful women in the Bible. The book begins with Tamar, then Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and finally Mary. Rahab was probably my favorite. I had a whole new appreciation for her after reading her story. I never actually considered how different she had to have been from everyone else in her ENTIRE city. She wouldn’t have known A SINGLE person who believed in God! To build your faith and stake your life on something that would have been barely more than gossip, is just incredible to me. Maybe that’s why she has the cool job of being Jesus’ great-great-great-something grandmother and gets to live through the walls falling down on Jericho.
5: Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick
This is the first book that’s informative. That doesn’t mean it’s not any less entertaining though! Pastor Steve throws in lots of examples and mini stories to keep you engaged. Crash the Chatterbox is exactly what it sounds like, it’s about getting that little voice in your head that tells you you’re not enough, to be quiet. I know I’ve let the chatterbox (the mean voice in my head), have way too much power over me for a long time. This book is all about helping you to stop seeing the “I’m not’s” and start seeing the “I am’s”.
6: A Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
I will not lie to you; this book is hard for me to read (present tense because I’m still working through it). She writes very illustrious and beautifully, but in my opinion it’s a little wordy. Why is it on this list of books, you ask? Because, regardless, of all the extra words the lesson underneath is powerful. It inspired me to start my own list of things I’m thankful for. Some are big things, some are not; even in just writing down a few of my blessings, my eyes were opened to more. Her main idea is that thanksgiving always precedes the miracle. Just like with anything else, being thankful takes practice and this book is a good reminder to flex that thankful muscle.
And that’s it for now! I wish I could read them for you, so you could see how much some of them can change your heart!
Has anyone else read these? Any recommendations? I have a long flight in my future and need some ideas! I’m thinking “Present over Perfect” but I’m not sure 💁🏼
xoxo, the blonde