Books I Love

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Marriage

What’s It Like to Be Married to Me?

by Linda Dillow

This is one of the only books on marriage I have read cover to cover on multiple occasions. I have walked several groups through this book as well and every time I read it I am challenged. This book causes you to focus on the things that only you can change in your marriage. See here for more that I have written about this book.

For Women Only, Revised and Updated Edition: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men

by Shaunti Feldhahn

I have taught this book to several groups as well and love it every time. It is a great resource that will help you understand and love your husband as the man God created him to be.

Personal Development

Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others

by Steven Furtick

Best book I read in 2013. I am not just saying that because he’s my husband. This book will help you overcome the lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation and discouragement with the promises of God. See here for more that I have written about this book.

Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You

by Stasi Eldredge

This book surprised me. It caused me to really think through who I am as the woman God uniquely created me to be. See here for a blog post I wrote on it.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven Pressfield

My husband recommended this book and it was really out of my comfort zone in a good way. Pressfield will help you identify the resistance you face in your life and give you practical ideas to overcoming it.

Parenting

The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior–Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood

by Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau

This is my very favorite book on how to care for an infant. It is a balanced perspective that includes lots of love yet also a good schedule. I read this book while pregnant with all three of my kids.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

by Marc Weissbluth M.D.

This book is my go to reference when I can’t get my kids to sleep. It talks about the importance of sleep for all ages from infancy through the teenage year.

Kid’s Books

Charlotte’s Web

by E. B. White

Charlotte’s web is a classic tale of a spider and a pig. The book also has some great illustrations.

Ramona the Pest

by Beverly Cleary

Ramona the Pest is about Ramona going to kindergarten. I have read this book to each of my boys the summer before they started kindergarten. They always love hearing about the trouble Ramona seems to get herself into.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

We have a tradition of reading this book every holiday season. It is short enough to get through in a few weeks and teaches a great message about the true meaning of Christmas.

Holes

by Louis Sachar

This is my all time favorite kids book (and probably in my top all time favorite books). It is a clever story of a boy who finds himself falsely accused. I wish I could read it again for the first time.

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

This is the story of a dog and a preacher’s daughter and all the lives they are able to touch in their small Florida town.

Fiction

THE NIGHTINGALE

by Kristin Hannah

This is one of the best fiction books I’ve ever read. It’s about two sisters in France during WW2. I wish I could read it again for the first time.

A MAN CALLED OVE

by Fredrick Backman

This story is so great. You will like this book if you love character driven fiction. It’s not a thriller or romance or historical fiction. It’s just a story about a grumpy old man named Ove (pronounced Ooh-vah, I know because I actually listened to this one) and it’s so good.

A PLACE FOR US 

by Fatima Farheen Mirza

This is a story about a American Muslim family. The story opens up with the estranged brother returning home for a wedding. The book takes you back and forth to bring you in to each character in the family. It’s not action or romance or mystery. It’s character driven. And so well done. I can’t wait for you to read this.