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Best Books of 2016: Summarized


Recently, I wrote a post where I listed the books I completed in 2016.  In this post I want to tell you some of my favorites from last year (in no particular order).

Overwhelmed, by Perry Noble
I recommend “Overwhelmed,” a lot and actually taught it in a small group and in a women’s prison once last year.  The material is so practical and relatable if you are, you guessed it, feeling overwhelmed.  On a side note, Perry Noble did step down from his church in 2016 and it’s sad looking back at the very material he wrote and knowing how it helped so many but couldn’t help him.

Praying the Bible, by Donald Whitney
“Praying the Bible,” was given to me by my husband when he passed it out to his ministry leaders.  This book is deceiving because it is small in size and page numbers but the content is so valuable.  If you put into practice what you read in this small book it will make your time with the Lord much more fulfilling.

A Mother’s Reckoning, by Sue Klebold
This was a hard book to read.  It was written by Dylan Klebold’s mother.  If you don’t recall, Dylan was one of the shooters in the Columbine shooting. To read about those horrific events from a mother’s perspective is gut-wrenching.  If those events interest you, this is a great book but if you are looking for an uplifting book, this is not the one.  It’s no wonder after I read this book I read a no-brainer young adult fiction book.

Unashamed, by Lecrae [audiobook]
I’ve always been a fan of Lecrae and knew bits and pieces of his story but not the entire story.  Needless to say, when I saw the audio book to his autobiography on sale I jumped at the chance to listen.  Normally, I listen to audiobooks with my kids in the car but this is not exactly appropriate for a 5 and 6-year-old.  I would recommend the audio version of this book because each chapter starts with lyrics from his songs and it sounds much better with him actually reading it.

Secret Believers, by Brother Andrew
“Secret Believers,” was loaned to me by a friend and has since been loaned out to another friend.  If you like missionary biographies this book is fantastic simply because it is modern-day.  It brings to light the struggles that we, Americans, take for granted.  It’s a given that we take our Christian liberties for granted and to see what others around the country go through to follow Christ is always eye-opening.

Tell Someone, by Greg Laurie
“Tell Someone,” is another small and challenging book.  Greg Laurie begins the book with his own story of salvation and continues that trend of using personal examples throughout the book.  It is very practical but also very challenging to push you to “tell someone.”

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, by Kristen Welch
A friend of mine was reading this book and kept going on and on about it.  Finally, I read it and then I went on and on about it.  I don’t know if I could ever loan this book out simply because I have so many underlines and stars throughout the entire book.  The practical part of this book is at the end of each chapter the author gives application points for varying age groups of children so you can take what you read in that chapter and turn around and implement it in your family that day.

Steadfast Love, by Lauren Chandler
I’ll be honest, the only reason I ever bought this book was because it was $5.00 and I thought it would be a good addition to the prison library.  One night out of boredom I started reading it and before you know it, I had started underlining things and then it was mine.  I had to get another copy for the prison.  As a matter of fact, every time I see this book on sale for $5.00 I buy another copy just to keep on hand to give away.

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