Over the past two years a number of people have asked me to put together a list of books that are my favorites.  Well, here’s a first draft.  I’d love to hear what your favorite books are as well.

A few of my favorites…..
Gratitude in all things
ONE THOUSAND GIFTS – Ann Voskamp
Best books with the worst titles
Strong Women Soft Hearts – Paula Rinehart (terrible title, but incredible book)
Keep Your Love On – Danny Silk (another terrible title, but incredible book)
Shattered Dreams – Larry Crabb (my favorite book of all time)
It’s like sitting down with a good friend and talking about life
Bittersweet – Shauna Niequist
Cold Tangerines – Shauna Niequist
Bread and Wine – Shauna Niequist
Wise old sages
The Papa Prayer – Larry Crabb
Becoming a True Spiritual Community – Larry Crabb
A Severe Mercy – Sheldon VanAuken
A Grace Disguised – Jerry Sittser
A Grief Observed – C.S. Lewis
The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis
Transforming Grace – Jerry Bridges
The Furious Longing of God – Brennan Manning
When Heaven is Silent – Ron Dunn
Thinking Spiritually – John Owen
Children’s books that are really for adults too
At the Back of the North Wind – George Macdonald
Sir Gibbie – George Macdonald
Chronicles of Narnia – C.S.Lewis
All of the Anne of Green Gables books – L.M. Montgomery
Challenges me to live a better story
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Donald Miller
7 – Jen Hatmaker
Birthing the Miraculous – Heidi Baker
Love Does – Bob Goff
Advent
The Greatest Gift – Ann Voskamp
Spiritual Direction/Formation
The Wounded Healer – Henri Nouwen
Spiritual Formation – Henri Nouwen
Honest Leadership
Leading With a Limp – Dan Allender
Leading On Empty – Wayne Cordiero
Favorite emerging author
Prototype – Jonathan Martin
Sabbatical Reads
A Testament of Devotion – Thomas R. Kelly
Soul Keeping – John Ortberg
Care of Souls – David Benner
Challenging
Jesus Feminist – Sarah Bessey (before you choke on your drink and label me a heretic, read it!)
Half the Church – Carolyn James
When Life and Beliefs Collide – Carolyn James
Fully Alive – Larry Crabb (femininity and masculinity – amazing!!)
Fiction
Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd
UNBROKEN – Laura Hillenbrand
Politics, but more focus on the relational aspects of the Presidency
Decision Points – George W. Bush
The Presidents Club – Gibbs & Duffy
The ONLY good book I’ve ever read about singleness because she is honest and not cliche’
Revelations of a Single Woman – Connaly Gilliam
Studies or Devotionals
31 Days to Coming Alive – Jen Hand
Breaking Free – Beth Moore
Revolution Within and Experiencing Christ Within – Dwight Edwards
The Prodigal God – Tim Keller
A Place of Quiet Rest – Nancy Demoss
Joshua – D.R. Davis
1 & 2 Samuel – D.R. Davis
I read this every year when I need rest
Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
About the “other” – Men
What’s He Really Thinking? – Paula Rinehart
Wild at Heart – John Eldredge
A favorite tool for growth of my students and staff women
Changes That Heal – Henry Cloud
Amazing People
The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom
Spiritual Secrets of Hudson Taylor – Lance Wubbels
The Knowledge of the Holy – A.W. Tozer
Kick fear to the curb and live out your calling
Undaunted – Christine Caine
Commentaries
Any commentary by Dale Ralph Davis
Puritan prayers
The Valley of Vision
Finances
Women & Money – Suze Orman
A few of my faves from grad school
Lettters to a Young Therapist – Mary Pipher
Addiction & Grace – Gerald May
The Gift of Therapy – Irvin Yalom
MODERN PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal

Let Your Life Speak – Parker Palmer

One thought on “Books – My favorites”

  1. Dang girl, good list!

    I loved Decision Points too. I love that he admitted to making mistakes but moving on with the consequences and owning results. That's a man. Heck, that's a human.

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