Since this month is all about CONNECTION, I’m going to connect you with some books that I love so much I consider them friends.
The following are 10 books that survived The Purge and still sit on my shelf today. I’ve read each of these books at least twice (and some more than that). Most of them are marked up like nuts in all colors of ink (I try to use a different color for each read-through).
You will probably sense a theme.
And since I’m sharing 10, I won’t go into great detail. Just know that they’re special, or they wouldn’t have made This List. (p.s. All the links are thru my Amazon Associates Account, so if you end up purchasing one of them, I’ll get a little commission.)
10 BOOKS I THINK YOU SHOULD OWN (in random order–I can’t rank my friends, people):
Kisses from Katie (Katie Davis w/Beth Clark)
Holy cow. Katie is amazing. Darling, spoiled homecoming queen follows God’s call to Uganda and leaves everything to live there for good and adopt 14 little girls. I’m so inspired by this girl, I can’t even tell you. Read it, and you won’t ever be the same.
Radical (David Platt)
We did a read-along on this book awhile back. World-rocking for sure, and not just for me. Thanks, Pastor Platt, for messing me all up and making me re-think what it truly means to “accept” and “follow” Christ. Be afraid of this book. Be very afraid.
Organized Simplicity (Tsh Oxenreider)
Just looking at this book makes me feel peaceful and simplified. Gorgeous hardcover–and spiral bound! Sigh. I love, love, love Tsh’s philosophy on only having things that add value to your life and mesh with your family’s purpose statement. This book rocks.
Interrupted (Jen Hatmaker)
This was my first introduction to Jen, and it was perfect timing, because we’re on the same kind of journey (I really want to BE her, but without all the stress of famousness and whathaveyou). This book made me want to scream, “YES! YES! YES, YES, YES!!! THAT’S HOW I FEEL!! THANK YOOOOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
7 (Jen Hatmaker)
We did a read-along of this one too, and holy cow at some of the discussion. Jen had to talk me off a ledge or two over the course of those 2 months. Whew. But this book? PHENOMENAL. It will get up in your stuff and cause you pain, and it will FEEL GOOD. Man, I need to lay off the scary book reviews. It’s FUNNY too.
The Hole in Our Gospel (Richard Stearns)
This was one of the very first books I read that made me realize that with all my talk of Jesus dying for sins and ask him into your heart and live happily ever after in your comfortable life, I WAS MISSING SOMETHING. Namely that Jesus came to bring good news to the poor. Yes, he offered them salvation from sins. But IN ADDITION to that, he met their physical needs here on earth. And commands me to take up where he left off.
The Irresistible Revolution (Shane Claiborne)
The first time I read this book, I thought, “Whoa. This guy’s a teensy bit extreme.” The second and third time? God had already awakened in my soul this incredible desire to really truly follow Jesus. To love what he loves, hate what he hates, and pursue justice and mercy as long as I shall live. So I ate the book right up. Good, good stuff.
Consumer Detox (Mark Powley)
Funny, charming (CONVICTING) book about having enough. And encouraging us to quit the mindless pursuit of stuff, stuff, stuff. I read it two times back-to-back last year because it was so good. Time to read it again, methinks.
Safely Home (Randy Alcorn)
The only fiction read on my list. I don’t keep much fiction on my shelves. Mostly because I can always get them from the library if I “need” to re-read them, and I generally don’t feel the need to mark up fiction books. This one is just powerful. Opens your eyes to people around the world who are really, truly persecuted for their faith. And I don’t mean the cashier at Target says “Happy Holidays” to them instead of “Merry Christmas.” I mean they’re brutally tortured/murdered for following Christ.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (Donald Miller)
Just read this for the third time this week. All about making a bigger story out of your life, not settling for humdrum. God created us for abundance. He wants us to take leaps of faith. There is gonna be some pain, but it’s worth God using your story for his glory. Love Donald Miller’s writing (and humor).
Have you read any of my Top Ten? What did you think of them? What are some of your all-time favorite books?