2014 Book List

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Non-Fiction

Believing God by Beth Moore I read this with a group of girls, one chapter per week, and I really enjoyed digesting it at a slow pace.  This is a great book to read alongside your Bible, praying through how to apply it to your life.  

Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung Short and super practical.  I love that DeYoung doesn’t pretend to be a guru with all the answers, but rather a crazy busy man desperate to grow in this area himself.  

Fierce Women by Kimberly Wagner

Finally Free by Heath Lambert  This book is excellent.  I will write a full review soon and link it here.  

Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman Excellent read for weary wives and moms (like me!) struggling through the mundane.  Two favorite things about this book: Furman roots our hope in the gospel, and she shares her own powerful and painful story.

Radical by David Platt For every chapter I read, I needed about a week to pray and process.  This book was that convicting…and that good.  Platt helped me see that the Bible’s definition of true discipleship is radically counter-cultural. 

Resisting Gossip by Matthew Mitchell

Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey

What is the Meaning of Sex? by Denny Burk

Fiction

11/22/63 by Stephen King A true page turner!  And thank goodness it is, since there’s over 800 pages to turn!  The book is wildly entertaining and expertly written.  Unfortunately, there’s substantial bad language and some inappropriate content.  

Divergent by Veronica Roth A quick, fun read.  Roth creates a dystopian society in which people join one of 5 factions based on what they value (kindness, courage, honesty…etc.)  Unfortunately, my attention waned in the second book of the trilogy.

Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

Swimming in the Moon by Pamela Schoenewaldt  While I love Schoenewaldt’s style, I preferred her first book, When We Were Strangers.  This plot moves, but not as rapidly, nor is it as tightly woven.

The Castaways by Elin Hildebrand Intriguing drama about three couples who explore the mysterious death of a couple they all knew and loved.  *Spoiler Alert: Although Hildebrand is not graphic, readers discover a lot of unfaithfulness in the marriages, which ruined it a bit for me.  

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom I literally could not put this book down.  The characters Grissom creates spring to life, making you laugh, weep, love, and despise them.  One of the best books I’ve read, and yet one I will never read again because the ride is so dark and disappointing at times.  

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass  A dystopian society in which 35 women compete to marry the future king.  (Think Hunger Games meets the Bachelor.)  Painfully juvenile at times, and yet the trilogy is a runaway bestseller.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey Thoroughly enjoyable.  Ivey captures so much emotion with so few words.  This tale will haunt and enchant you from the moment you set foot in Ivey’s snowy wilderness.

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