Love Lives Here

In Love Lives Here, Maria Goff is a strong Christian woman who explores what she needs in a world telling you what you want. She shares stories of heartache and love, struggles and joy, talking to the reader as if they are a friend. Pick up this book if you need encouragement in life’s daily tasks.

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The Healing Path

This book is intense (in a good way!). In The Healing Path, Dan Allender digs into how trauma changes our lives and what it looks like to heal from said trauma. Allender is a very educated Christian man who weaves in how to grow a deeper relationship with Christ through the process of healing. This is a book to pick up if you’re looking to dive deeper into your story and find redemption of your past.

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Live Fearless

In Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson’s second book, Live Fearless, Sadie gets real about her struggles with fear and how God led her on a path to overcoming her fears. She asks challenging questions throughout her book for the reader to take to heart and act upon. I highly recommend this book for young ladies who love Jesus, but want to grow in a deeper relationship with Him.

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Live Original

Written towards high schoolers, Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson discusses what it’s like to remain true to your faith while navigating being a teenager and dreaming big. Each chapter closes with a “Live Original Challenge” to really get you thinking about how to apply her guidance towards your life. This is a must read for young ladies trying to figure out how to be themselves while living for Jesus.

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Reading Challenge

Hi friends! I have a bit of a reading challenge for you, but not in the normal reading challenge sense. You see, I have noticed this problem with people taking every author at their word and not challenging the text. More specifically, I see all too often people who love Jesus taking a book author’s viewpoint and running with it without viewing it through a biblical lens. I myself have fallen prey to this mentality way too many times, so I want to help you out in your exploration of books.

Here’s my challenge: when reading a book, take in the message and see how it applies to living a life following Jesus.

Here are some practical questions to ask yourself while reading:
Does this line up with what I know to be True?
Does scripture back up this thought?
How can I take this concept and apply it to my life while showing others the love of Christ?

I applied these questions to a book I recently read, and oh wow did it transform how I absorbed what I was reading. I was able to interact with the text on a whole new level, which helped me take in and process the book in ways I never would have before.

I would love to know: what are some thoughts/skills you apply to your own reading?

Books of 2018

Hi friends!

If you’ve meandered around my blog at all, you’ve probably noticed I’m a bit of a reader, so I decided to post a list of all of the books I’ve read this year! These are simply listed in the order I finished them. Some of them were new reads, some were books I re-read, and some will be read again! If you would like a review of any of the books, please let me know and I’ll type one up for you!

  • The Great Gatsby
  • When God Writes Your Love Story
  • The Best American Poetry 2012
  • Daring Greatly
  • The Magician’s Nephew
  • The Color Purple
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Gifted Hands
  • The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness
  • The First 90 Days of Marriage
  • 21 Days of Prayer for Your Business
  • Messenger
  • Son
  • Big Magic
  • The Glass Castle
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Freedom Writers Diary
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Thirty-One Prayers for my Husband
  • Petey
  • Healing the Child Within
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • Jane Eyre
  • Jesus Freaks
  • Fever 1793
  • Prince Caspian
  • The Outsider
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Last Battle
  • Love Does
  • Morrie: In His Own Words
  • Shopping for Time
  • Stop Dating the Church
  • The Language of God
  • The Power of Habit
  • Three Cups of Tea
  • Love Lives Here
  • Love That Lasts
  • The Book Thief
  • Brave New World
  • The ONE Thing
  • The Last Maasai Warriors
  • One Thing Workbook
  • The Four Year Career for Women
  • Made to Crave
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Everybody Always
  • The Bad Beginning
  • The Reptile Room
  • The Wide Window
  • The Four Year Career YL Edition
  • The Miserable Mill
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Live Fearless

So let me know: What was your favorite book of 2018?!