Good Reads Past And Present (For The Love Of Books)

Good Reads Past And Present (For The Love Of Books)

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For the Love Of Books

good reads

I fall more in love with books every day. I can’t help myself. there’s just so much wordy goodness out there. The only trouble I see with my stacks is that I lack a decent helping of fiction. If you have any good fiction recommendations, would you share them with me in the comments? (No Romance or Amish lit, please).

As this year comes to a close I thought I’d share some of the books I read over the last year, and some of the books I am looking forward to reading (or finishing) in 2014. If you’re looking for some good reading in the new year, maybe this will help.

Books Read

books of 2013
Intimacy With The Almighty (Charles Swindoll)-A tiny but powerful book. A must-have addition to your Christian library.

The Book of the Dun Cow (Walter Wangerin) A fascinating allegory of good verses evil, in the style of Animal Farm

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out (Brennan Manning) I pretty much love anything by Manning, this is no exception.

Meditations on the Cross (Detriech Bonhoeffer) Powerful, transformative and deeply beautiful.

Cracking Up: A Postpartum Faith Crisis (Kimberlee Conway Ireton) A poignant memoir for any woman who’s suffered the deep struggle of postpartum depression.

The Signature of Jesus: The Call to a Life Marked by Holy Passion and Relentless Faith (Brennan Manning)Again, it’s Manning. And it’s beautiful.

Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free (Tullian Tchividjian)For a life-changing perspective, pair this book with Pastor Tullian’s podcast sermon series on the book of Job. Outstanding truth and wisdom.

Million Little Ways, A: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live (Emily Freeman) Emily’s best book to date. A profound reminder of why it is we are here. Read this.

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys (James, Thomas) For parents of boys. Informational, and encouraging.

Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (Paul Marshall, Lele Gilbert, Nina Shea) A shocking, eye-opener to what is happening to Christians globally. A difficult, necessary book.

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Ann Voskamp) This was a 2nd time through reading for me–even better the 2nd time. Life-changing.

Epic Grace: Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot (Kurt Bubna) A humorous, honest look at one man’s journey of discovering God’s grace. I laughed and cried. A beautiful book.

The Weight of Glory (C.S. Lewis) A brilliant book on faith and life, one of my favorites by Lewis.

Awake: Doing a World of Good One Person at a Time (Noel Yeatts) An eye-opening book about social justice, and how we can all do something, when we have our eyes opened to the needs around us.

A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World (Paul Miller) a solid book on learning to live the prayerful life.

A Circle of Quiet (Madeline L’Engle) A beautiful memoir in a series. L’Engle’s writing inspires.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (William Joyce) A children’s book, but every book lover really should have this on their shelves regardless of their age. I LOVE this book.

Also read, loved, but not pictured:

Books To Be Read

Books of 2014
(I have read Strengths Finder 2.0 before, and plan to read it again as a memory refresher, I plan to re-do the Strengths Finder profile and see how it shapes up compared to last time)
The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection (Modern Library Paperbacks) (Robert Farrar Capon)

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (Richard Rohr)

StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Tom rath)

The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life (Julia Cameron)

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (Steven Pressfield)

The Irrational Season (The Crosswicks Journal, Book 3) (Madeline L’Engle)

Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing (L.L. Barkat)

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (Bob Goff)

Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life (Phileena Heuertz)

Just Lead!: A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) (Sherri Surrat, Jenni Catron)

Orthodoxy (G.K. Chesterton)

Being The Body (Charles Colson)

Leading with a Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness (Dan Allender)

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House Reader’s Circle) Ruth Reichl)

Three more books I’m adding to this list (and have pre-ordered) include:

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.(Barbara W. Tuchman)

Tell me, what great books did you read this year? What’s on your nightstand right now?


  1. This is great, Kris! Always looking for good books to read! I loved A Million Little Ways and The Greatest Gift. Both came at a time when I needed them and spoke right to my heart. Right now I’m reading The Road, which is heavy but so beautifully written. Looking forward to reading a few from your list in 2014!

  2. My 2 favorites from this year were Prayer by Richard Foster and Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. Right now, I am reading God is Able by Priscilla Shirer.

    I am working on a post like this one — we will see if I can pull it off before the year actually ends.

    Happy New Year to ya, Kris. 🙂

  3. I didn’t do a good job at keeping my reading list up-to-date this year, but there were definitely a lot of good ones. Bread & Wine was definitely at the top of the list…now if only I can figure out how I can get it back from the person I let borrow it. :p I need to compile my to-read list too. I am definitely re-reading your Lenten book for sure too!! 🙂

    1. Joyce, can i tell you, I always struggle with loaning out my books. I am always afraid I won’t get them back. Isn’t that terrible? Sometimes, I just purchase one for my friends, so I don’t have to risk it. Thankful for you, Happy New year!

  4. So many good books! I’ve never read The Fantastic Flying Books … adding it to my list. Here’s a great novel for midwinter: Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher. It’s light and fun but also serious and meaningful. It’s easy to read but seriously well written. Plus, Scotland. At Christmas. Highly recommend it!

    1. Christie, you will LOVE Morris Lessmore. Oh heavens, it is a beautiful book. And thank you for the recommendation! I am adding it to my list now 😉 XO PS: looking forward to your weekend peek at your shelves… 😉


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