Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Favorite Books of 2019

In 2019 I had a goal of reading 20 books. I ended up reading 24 books! Some of those books were very, very short, but I was grateful for the ability to read as many as I did! Here are some of my favorite books from last year.

Suffering Is Never for Nothing by Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot is someone who faced various hard trials in her life. Through it all she remained faithful to God, trusted in Him, and worked faithfully to simply do the next thing. Suffering Is Never for Nothing is based on a speaking series she gave many years ago. The words in the book were taken directly from the transcript of her speaking series. Elisabeth Elliot shares, as she always did, in her straightforward, no-nonsense way. This is an encouraging book for the believer who is trying to make sense of the very hard suffering in life, and it is also beneficial for the believer who is looking for help as they face everyday challenges.

Hope When It Hurts by Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton

This little book is so encouraging and helpful! It is filled with solid truths from Scripture that you can cling to when life hurts. Sarah and Kristen write from personal, painful experience, and they offer rock-solid hope. They consistently point the reader back to Jesus and to the eternal and precious promises we have through Him. Hope When It Hurts is deep and rich. It is beautiful and practical. I recommend it to everyone!

Friendish by Kelly Needham

Friendish is a timely and much-needed look at friendship from a biblical perspective. Kelly Needham has written a book filled with wisdom and truth. She takes the reader straight to Scripture to find guidance for the way we do friendship. With so many bad examples of friendship in the culture around us, it is easy to lose sight of what friendship should be. Friendish will help you to see patterns and pitfalls to avoid, and it will encourage you to grow as a godly friend to others. For anyone wanting to learn how to honor God in their friendships, this book is a must read!

The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo

This is a helpful, practical, and solidly biblical parenting book. Lou Priolo helps the parent to get to the heart of emotions and attitudes in their children and in their own hearts. The Heart of Anger is an excellent book to read, and a very good resource to keep on your bookshelf.

The Complicated Heart by Sarah Mae

In this compelling memoir, Sarah Mae shares her story of growing up with an alcoholic mother. She tells of her pain and struggles as well as her path to healing. This is the story of a mother and daughter that is filled with hurt, abuse, and difficulty. But it is a story that ends with redemption, love, and reconciliation. Before her mother passed away, Sarah promised her that she would tell their story. This book is the fulfillment of that promise. The Complicated Heart is a good book for anyone who is struggling to love and to forgive those who are close to them who have hurt them. And it is a great book for those who need help understanding the depth of pain and suffering that is present in some families.

What good books have you read lately? Are there any books that I should add to my 2020 reading shelf?

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