The Book I Most Wanted to Make Everyone Read
Quiet by Susan Cain
LOVED IT. Kept reading excerpts of it to my husband, and he was really enjoying it. It’s all I can do not to push it on anyone and everyone I know.
The Books That Indicate I May Have a New Author Crush
7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
7 was very inspiring and got me thinking about how I could adapt her ideas and challenge to fit my life. It also doesn’t hurt that I find her completely hilarious.
A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study by Jen Hatmaker
I really appreciated all of the practical suggestions for how to engage with Scripture. Her tone might be a little lighthearted for some, but I like how conversational she is.
Most Amazing, I-Can’t-Believe-These-Are-True Books
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
An astonishing story by a gifted writer. I already knew the outline of his story before I started reading the book, but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the work in the slightest.
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom and John and Elizabeth Sherrill
A reread from school, and I was surprised by just how much I’d forgotten from it. So glad it was a bookclub pick!
Best Pair of Books Related to Teaching My Children About God
Together: Growing Appetites for God by Carrie Ward
An inspiring and challenging approach to reading the Bible as a family, with reminders about the benefits it brings. I really appreciated how encouraging it is.
Telling God’s Story by Peter Enns.
An interesting read especially so soon after Together. Very heavy on the theory and light on practical ideas (those are most likely in the later instructional books in the series, since this was just the intro to the entire set). I really appreciated how it got me thinking about what and how I’ll teach my children about God.
Most Thought-Provoking Books
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
Absolutely loved it. I thought he succeeded admirably in his stated goal “to give both married and unmarried people a vision for what marriage is according to the Bible.” Keller’s books invariably give me much to consider.
Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax.
A powerful explanation of the true gospel in contrast to six common counterfeits to it. The structure of the book was really helpful in understanding Wax’s arguments, and I especially appreciated the “what makes it attractive” portion of the description of the various counterfeits. Following that section immediately by ways to counter the counterfeit is very effective.
Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
Fascinating book. I loved the details behind the research, and loved the practical applications and hints at how to put willpower to work for me, and when I shouldn’t rely on it.
Most Inspiring Book for Rethinking My Educational Philosophy
The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
I’ve never really thought about homeschooling following the classical method, but this book made me think I should at least consider it. Actually, this book got me excited and wishing my kids were older so we could jump right into it.
Favorite Food-Focused Book of the Year
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flynn
Inspiring and fun, and it made me sad when I finished it, which is always a good sign of a great book.
The Year’s Bible
The Literary Study Bible
While it does seems odd to include a Bible in a list of top books, I’ll give this a special mention and not count it as one of my 12. It really was a terrific version, and I learned a lot about the literary features and aspects of the various books of the Bible. Very enlightening!
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