March is National Reading Month. I love reading. I really can’t get enough of books. The pile next to my bedstand is very tall. The feeling of books in my hand and drowning myself in a good story or learning something new – bliss. So, I’ve put together some great non-fiction books that you might want to check out this year. I’d love to hear what is on your bookshelf. Do tell!
I had the pleasure of being on the launch team for this book and it has been a treat. This book will challenge you and make you laugh.
From Amazon: Best-selling author Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely and fun and courageous and kind. She reveals with humor and style how Jesus’ embarrassing grace is the key to dealing with life’s biggest challenge: people. The majority of our joys, struggles, thrills, and heartbreaks relate to people, beginning with ourselves and then the people we came from, married, birthed, live by, go to church with, don’t like, don’t understand, fear, compare ourselves to, and judge. Jen knows how the squeeze of this life can make us competitive and judgmental, how we can lose love for others and then for ourselves. She reveals how to: Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.
Mark your calendars for the release of this one, friends. This book releases on April 5th and you will want to go pre-order it now. The beautiful thing about Annie Downs is her honesty. It is so personal and so powerful and will speak right to your heart. You no longer have to let the enemy speak lies into your life. Find freedom!
There are some cool incentives to pre-order so don’t miss that in the link above.
From Amazon: In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday—whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror.
This book is FREE right now. No kidding!! Eugene Cho has such wisdom. I had the pleasure of hearing speak at the recent IF:Gathering and one of my favorite quotes from him was, ‘The grass might look greener on the other side because you are not watering your own grass.’ So powerful. He is the lead pastor at Quest Church in Seattle and Founder of One Day’s Wages, focused on global poverty.
From Amazon: Many people today talk about justice but are they living justly? They want to change the world but are they being changed themselves?
Eugene Cho has a confession: ‘I like to talk about changing the world but I don’t really like to do what it takes.’ If this is true of the man who founded the One Day’s Wages global antipoverty movement, then what must it take to act on one’s ideals? Cho does not doubt the sincerity of those who want to change the world. But he fears that today’s wealth of resources and opportunities could be creating ‘the most overrated generation in history. We have access to so much but end up doing so little.’
Are you ready to take back some time in your life? This is the book you are looking for.
From Amazon: Perfect for any woman who is doing everything for everyone—except herself—The Fringe Hours is ideal for both individuals and small group use.
I found this book to be simply profound and beautiful. It is so authentic and honest and her writing is intoxicating.
From Amazon: This is a story of the God who makes himself known in broken places. In prose that is at once lyrical and utterly honest, a brave new voice takes readers on a windswept journey down the path of brokenness to healing, satisfaction, and true intimacy with God. Amber calls readers to dispense with the pretty bows we use to dress up our stories and instead trust God to take our untidy, unfinished lives and make them free, authentic, and whole. Anyone who struggles with doubt or holds secrets, anyone who feels marginalized or like she is missing something, will find in Amber a sister and an inviting voice back home, into the heart of God.
I know we don’t NEED a super pretty Bible to find God, but oh man this one is beautiful. There are illustrated verses and wide margins for journaling or artwork. I’m not much into coloring, but the beauty of this Bible speaks to me and brings the stories to life.
From Amazon: Be drawn into God’s Word through a fresh, creative expression of the beautiful words of God. Crafted on high-quality paper and balanced with inspiring full-color art and blank space, the NIV Beautiful Word Bible will encourage a deeper and more authentic quiet time. With 500 verses illustrated to help you see the rich diversity of stories, characters, prophecies, rewards, and hope contained within Scripture, you will discover wisdom to sustain you in every season, drawing you deeper into God’s life-changing and inspired Word.
I’m pretty sure I’ve told you about this one before, but I love Angie Smith so I will tell you again. This book helps tie the Bible together as one complete story. I love that Angie Smith is so down to Earth and relatable.
From Amazon: In seven sessions, Seamless covers the people, places, and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of Scripture. Participants in this study will gain an overarching understanding of the fundamental layout and meaning of the Bible.
Okay, we’ve all been here. We don’t know why it seems like God won’t fix things for us when we are so loyal to him. Laura Story has a beautiful way of writing and sharing her profound story. Don’t miss this one!
From Amazon: IS IT POSSIBLE THAT GOOD THINGS CAN COME OUT OF OUR BROKEN DREAMS? Worship leader and recording artist Laura Story’s life took an unexpected turn when her husband, Martin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Their lives would never be the same. Yes, with God all things are possible. But the devastating news was that no cure existed to restore Martin’s short-term memory, eyesight, and other complications. The fairy-tale life Laura had dreamed of was no longer possible.
I really like John Eldredge. He has a great podcast and a great ministry, Ransomed Heart. This is his newest book and focused on prayer. Sarah Taylor sat down to chat with him about this book, listen to the podcast.
How would it feel to enter into prayer with confidence and assurance—certain that God heard you and that your prayers would make a difference?
It would likely feel amazing and unfamiliar. That’s because often our prayers seem to be met with silence or don’t appear to change anything. Either response can lead to disappointment or even despair in the face of our ongoing battles and unmet longings—especially when we don’t know if we’re doing something wrong or if some prayers just don’t work.
Do you desire family devotional time but are struggling to get there? Start with this book. It’s just a really great one. Read my full review of this book for AllMomDoes.
From Amazon: From best-selling author Sheila Walsh, the Bible Is My Best Friend Family Devotional connects families both to God’s Word and to each other. Fifty-two key scriptures form the basis for the devotions, which build on the verses, challenge the family to commit them to memory, and explore how each verse is part of God’s wonderful message. ‘Let’s Talk’ questions urge the family to discuss what they’ve learned and offer challenges for different ages of children as well as their parents.
And, now it is your turn, friends. What is on your bookshelf?