I wanted to include a page of book reviews on my blog, because I love to read! And I believe a good book has the power to influence and change our lives. With that said, here’s the start of a list of good reads:
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
I have read and re-read this book throughout my 16 years of walking with the Lord. We’re all bombarded with spiritual warfare, and C.S. Lewis takes a creative spin on it, bringing out so many different aspects of temptation. It’s an easy read with amazing depth. With each reading something new ministers to my heart and encourages me down the godly path in my thinking and actions. I especially recommend this to a new believer or a young Christian.
The Making of a Man of God, by Alan Redpath
This is by far my favorite book on the life of David, but the title can be misleading: it’s not just for men. This book is for anyone who wants to grow in the Lord. David is my favorite Biblical character, because of his realness: a man after God’s own heart, yet a man who stumbled in great sin. This commentary goes through all of his greatest moments and most shameful sins. It’s really a story to which each of us can identify; the story of man surrendered to God’s molding and shaping even through pain and seemingly unanswered questions.
Another book on David that is a super quick read is, A Tale of Three Kings, by Gene Edwards. This more specifically follows David’s brokenness, humility, and trust in God’s Sovereignty. All qualities that each of us desperately need.
Hinds Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard
This is another I have read and re-read. It’s an allegory of the Christian life, so if you liked Pilgrim’s Progress you’ll probably like this (truthfully, I wasn’t that big of a fan of PP, but loved this one). Many jewels in this book. Encouraging, revealing, and firmly grounded in Biblical truths.
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Anne is truly a “kindred spirit.” I imagine myself a lot like her as a child. I remember driving with my step-dad, talking his ear off about my passions. And he’d just listen with a sweet smile, seeming to enjoy my every word (a lot like Matthew Cuthbert in the book). I was very dramatic and definitely emotional like Anne. She’s such an inspiration with her optimism for life, creativity, and spirited personality. Such a joy to read for children and adults. The whole series is wonderful, so the link I’ve provided is for the complete set of Anne books.
Let Me Be a Woman, by Elisabeth Elliot
Really, anything Elisabeth Elliot. She’s my hero. I believe it’s been her life goal to be obedient to God in all things…I don’t remember who first said it, but I know it’s a motto she lived by: “To delay is to disobey.” For myself, I think disobedience is truly my greatest struggle. I justify my actions and thoughts. I put off doing what I know is right or getting rid of what I know is not right. Elisabeth Elliot has a way of cutting through all the sin and getting right to the heart of the matter. She’s bold, she’s incredibly disciplined, she understands what is priority, and she does it! She’s encountered much loss (like the deaths of her first two husbands) and therefore, teaches much on suffering with great wisdom. Oh, how I could go on, but will end here. Hopefully, you won’t have your hopes set too high!
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
I have to admit that sometimes I like to read solely for entertainment and this is one I read more recently (that’s why it’s making it on my first Review List). The Hunger Games started as pure entertainment: engaging, a relatable protagonist, easy to read. But when I stopped to think about the themes of this series, it ultimately has a good message: the struggle with doing what is acceptable in society or rising up against it even if it could mean your death. I do have to note that I liked the book much more than the movie, because it captures the internal battle of Katniss that can’t be done as well onscreen. In my opinion, this is definitely a good read!
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