Thursday, February 1, 2018

Favorite Books of 2017

I enjoyed reading plenty of books in 2017. I finished 43 books in the year, and I started a few more. My reading goals are not as ambitious for 2018. My goal this year is to read 15 books, and I hope to finish most of them before Stafford is born.

Here are my favorite books from 2017:

Gracelaced by Ruth Chou Simons

Gracelaced is one of the most beautiful and encouraging devotion books I have ever read! Each page is illustrated by Ruth, who is both an author and an artist. Her devotions are rich and encouraging for whatever season of life you find yourself in.

The Wonder Within You by Carey Wickersham

This is a pregnancy book that is written from a Christian perspective. It is filled with helpful information, stories from other moms, and journaling prompts. There is also a pregnancy calendar with stickers to keep a record of milestones in pregnancy. I am enjoying reading and journaling through this book during my pregnancy with Stafford.

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

This was a sad book to read, but I am so glad I read it. Twelve Years a Slave was written by a black man who was free for the first 30 years of his life, but then he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. After being freed from slavery, he wrote a book about his twelve years in slavery. This book provides a glimpse into the horrors of slavery in America.

United by Trillia Newbell

This is a great book about pursuing diversity in our friendships and in our churches. Trillia Newbell writes with grace and wisdom. I appreciated reading stories of her experiences growing up as an African American and her experiences in the church. This is a good book for all believers to read and be challenged by.

Happiness by Randy Alcorn

Happiness is a book that I will keep on my shelf as a reference for years to come. I highly recommend it. This is a message that is needed by Christians today, and it is a message that is needed by the world. There is true and lasting happiness to be found, and that happiness is found in knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior and living for Him alone. You can read my full review here.

A Lifetime of Wisdom by Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni is my favorite author, so it is no surprise that one of her books would again find its way onto my list of favorite books from my year of reading. A Lifetime of Wisdom was written after Joni had been a quadriplegic for 40 years (she has now lived with quadriplegia for over 50 years). In each chapter Joni briefly shares her thoughts and experiences from the early weeks and years after her diving accident, and then in the rest of the chapter she shares with the wisdom and the perspective of a woman who has walked with the Lord through 40 years of quadriplegia. It was encouraging to see how the Lord has worked in her life over the years, using suffering to make her more like Jesus.

What were your favorite books from last year? What are you reading currently?

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