Arranged alphabetically by author, I am posting the titles of books as I read them in 2019, along with a short review as I complete them.
Chan, Francis. “Crazy Love”
Besides the Bible, this may very well be the most powerful book I’ve ever read. Author Francis Chan challenges the reader to break the habit of trying to confine God to our own understanding and realize that we owe Him nothing… He is bigger than our imaginations can conceive, and yet — He longs for a personal relationship with each of us.
Chan, Francis. “Forgotten God”
This was the first book I ever read by Francis Chan, and I thoroughly loved it. It is a great book to explain the power of the Holy Spirit as He resides in believers. The author spends time exploring Scripture that helps us better understand the role the Holy Spirit has in the life of the believer.
Chan, Francis. “Letters To the Church”
I am turning into a big fan of Francis Chan’s writing not only because it’s good writing – but because he 1) writes Biblical truth and 2) his writing feels like he’s having a conversation with you. “Letters to the Church” is a challenge to the modern church to revisit their current models and compare them to the model set for us in the Bible… to realize that church isn’t about what we can do for the congregation, but training the congregation about how we can serve the world. A powerful book, this one is a great read for anyone in church leadership or who is looking to follow the Biblical calling to “be the church.”
Edman, V. Raymond. “The Found the Secret”
A 20-chapter book that profiles men and women of the faith, this book is designed to help the reader learn from the lives of others. However, despite some powerful truths, it was a difficult book to read. The writing is very academic and the phraseology is a little archaic to a modern reader. Other than two of the 20 testimonies, I didn’t know who any of these people were, yet the author seems to assume the reader has some degree of familiarity with the names. I had to Google all the names to know who they were and when they lived. I’m glad I read it, but probably wouldn’t read it a second time.
Ehman, Karen. “Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy In Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy”
“Keep Showing Up” will publish on February 26th and is going to be a lifeline for many frustrated women who are ready to give up on their vows. A Christian perspective on marriage, the author encourages the reader to look at marriage — and themselves — from a Biblical point of view. It’s not about us as wives, or about changing our husbands… it’s about letting God change us through our marriage. A great read for any woman no matter what season of marriage… and honestly, I think it’s a great book for single women too. I found several takeaways that will benefit me in other situations! Karen’s writing style is funny and relatable. She is totally transparent and in the process, gently applies wisdom and experience to the common frustrations that come with married life.
Lucado, Max. “Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World”
This was my second time reading “Anxious for Nothing,” and I so needed his words. Jesus told us not to worry, but it’s easier said than done. Max Lucado wrote a book that breaks down the instructions found in Philippians 4:6-7. Using his relatable writing style, the author offers Biblical truth, wisdom, comfort, and assurance that our feelings aren’t unique to us. We all struggle with these feelings of anxiety and worry. He uses Scripture to remind us to take our worries to our Heavenly Father.
Lucado, Max. “Six Hours One Friday”
I bought this gem at a used bookstore right after Christmas, really not sure what it was about. But I had previously read Max Lucado’s book, “Anxious For Nothing,” and really enjoyed it. This book is an examination of life storms compared to the promise and hope found at the cross. The book refers to the three anchor points that Christ Himself established for us to cling to in the middle of our storms. An excellent read. I had a very hard time putting this one down. Max Lucado is gifted at painted pictures with words and he described scenes from the Bible that gave them renewed life in my mind.
Mehrer, Colleen. “God’s View of You: Discovering Your Biblical Worth”
Colleen Mehrer has written an excellent book that touches on a common issue for many women — self-worth. We live in a culture that celebrates “being yourself.” Yet, it’s a real problem for many women. We tell ourselves half-truths and outright lies based on our experiences and the comparison games we play. Colleen’s book explores what the Bible has to say about us as individuals. She cites Scripture to help women identify their value and worth from a Biblical perspective. The book encourages the reader to truly embrace who God has made us to be. The book is designed for one-on-one reflection and also includes a leader’s guide for a group setting.
Omartian, Stormie. “The Power of Praying Through the Bible”
Stanley, Charles. “Handle with Prayer.”
TerKeurst, Lysa. “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way”
This was my first book of 2019 and it is a game-changer. When it comes to disappointments, Lysa TerKeurst is a survivor. She has experienced the highs and lows of life; she uses her experiences and heartbreak to show others how to lean on God no matter how painful our circumstances.