This is an ever growing list of my wholehearted recommendations: books that have been underlined, dog-eared, and read over and over. I'd love to hear what you're reading and loving in the comments! Also, if you click on any of these titles, it will take you straight to Amazon to purchase.

Read in 2018: 
Seated with Christ by Heather Holleman
If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Handmade by Melissa K. Norris
Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Currently reading:
Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb by Jessalyn Hutto
Parenting by Paul David Tripp
Cultivate by Lara Casey
The Made from Scratch Life by Melissa K. Norris
A Diary of Private Prayer by John Bailie

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
7 by Jen Hatmaker
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
The Color of Water by James McBride
Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Birth, Babies, & Parenting:
Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson
Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel
Christ Centered Childbirth by Kelly J. Townsend

Children's Books:
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Just Because You're Mine by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones

The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin

Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson
Streams in the Desert by L. B. Cowman
Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Comforts from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Found in Him by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Good News for Weary Women by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Alive in Him by Gloria Furman
The Pastor's Wife by Gloria Furman
Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

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  1. So funny! I was just thinking the other day, "I wish Whitney would post about good books she's read recently." So thanks!!

  2. The two fiction books I always come back to are Eve's Daughters by Lynn Austin and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. So good, and based on Biblical truths. Austin has some great stuff, but I think that one will always be my favorite.

    Trend Breakers by Kelly Westerfield is a great nonfiction read about finding true friends in a shallow world.

  3. i love so many books it's hard not to write down a hundred titles, but here are a couple of my favorites, ZVI, one of the best books, if you liked Unbroken, you'll love it. I'm reading Stepping Heavenward right now, I just finished, Count of Monte Cristo. For Children's books, the Gospel Story Bible, God's wisdom for little boys. Make way for Ducklings. A favorite devotional is Keep a Quiet heart, by Elisabeth Elliot. I could go on and on. Let me know if you enjoy any of them:)

  4. I'm also a huge fan of Henri Nouwen to use as devotional or nonfiction. "In the Name of Jesus" and "Inner Voice of Love" are two of my favorites by him. I agree with so many of your choices, though! I love books, hence I'm spending my summer serving in a bible college library in Greece :)

    1. YES. I need to add my favorite Henri Nouwen books... In the Name of Jesus would definitely be one of them.

  5. Great list, Whitney!

    I'll add "Evidence Not Seen" (an amazing story of a missionary woman), and "Stepping Heavenward" (one of my all-time favorites, that keeps encouraging me through the years). As for children's books (as in, short, illustrated ones), I love one called "The Empty Pot"... it teaches a great lesson!

  6. I love a lot of the books on your list and I'm currently reading One Thousand Gifts; as a mother of 3 under four years old it's been life changing. I have read Hosseini's books over and over! I think you would love the book Sold by Patricia McCormick. It deals with child slavery in Calcutta's red-light district and is centered around a girl who never gives up her dream of escaping.

  7. I just read The Fault in our Stars & loved it. It reminds me of Nick Hornby & Jonathan Safran Foer, two of my favourites.

    Hidden Art & L'abri by Edith Schaeffer. And absolutely anything by Tim Keller!

  8. I was in need of a book list...
    two books I have read recently are "Stepping Heavenward" by Elizabeth Prentiss and "Let me be a Woman" by Elizabeth Elliot(both are sooo recommended). I read One Thousand Gifts late last summer while my family was going through a spiritual trial. It definitely made my outlook on life more positive and helped me to be grateful for the small things in life. I began my own one thousand reasons to be grateful...but still have a long way to go before I reach one thousand.

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  10. Was so pleased you enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars so much. It is a Top 5 book for me. LOVE it. As for children's books, I strongly recommend the Skippjon Jones series (about a feisty cat who think he is a brave chihuahua) and ANYTHING by Nancy Tillman (my current favorites are "On the Night You Were Born" and "I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love." Her words and illustrations are so beautiful--they make reading time with my little so special.

  11. Buy Naked! by Michael Ian Black. destined to become your child's favorite. Also praised by the New York Times Book Review.

  12. I read Humble Roots over the summer. It was so timely for helping me understand the layers upon layers of pride in me all the while holding me from simply swinging to the other side of the pendulum on the issues I struggle with. Approachable, yet thought provoking, couldn't talk about it without crying. I was extremely grateful for the book.

    I literally read the last page of Where the Crawdads Sing today after forcing myself to put it down the last several days. Intriguing, to glimpse into a life completely foreign to me, complete isolation in a marsh. Gripping, to consider the internal emotional battles of such a life. And being a Charlotte Masoner, the natural history is quite astounding due solely to observation. Definitely moments of sexual content, but not over the top.


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