10 Books That Have Read Me
Seriously? I kind of hate these lists. I’ve always hated to say my favorite movie, book, anything. I don’t like being forced to choose.
But, it’s worthy. Kind of like taking time to tell the people you love how you feel about them.
So, these 10 books are the ones that have read me: I found myself in the pages, learned more about my faith, my loves, my God.
- Christy by Catherine Marshall. Expresses all the missionary zeal of my own young college heart once upon a time. Plus a love story and tons of human interest along the way. Vast spiritual gems of wisdom and faith are liberally sprinkled throughout a story that stands on its own. Somehow I find myself with a signed copy of this book, which I must have picked up at a garage sale.
- 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I haven’t yet been able to re-read this one, (some books are a one-way journey) but it touched me in a season when every chapter felt like holy ground.
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott Subtitle: some instructions on writing and life. I read this book on the beach and I can’t separate it from that experience. It made me want to fling myself into life and the waves and writing with less fear, more courage.
- Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. True story: this book played a part in bringing Tim and I together in person when we were somewhat mired in an email correspondence. He was so nervous! We still laugh about it because I still love this book and have reread it many times, and he admits now that he didn’t really get it, but he sure tried hard at the time to be enthusiastic about it.
- Perelandra by C.S. Lewis. Lewis’s fiction casts a spell on me. Every time. I truly wish he had written more. His space triology includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, but Perelandra is my favorite. A retelling of the temptation of Adam and Eve with a completely different context that brings all new thrills and shivers to the experience as you watch Eve waver and step into sin toe by toe.
- Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table. I found a part of myself in Shauna Niequist’s beautiful book about cooking, hosting, and learning to be who you are. I plan to read all her books.
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I can’t really say enough about this book, maybe because it’s still fresh. I’m not usually drawn to research-based books, but this one explores one of the greatest, unknown paradoxes of courage with implications for every facet of life. Subtitle: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. It’s a triology and this is the first one, but I still remember reading it as a young adult and returning as a parent. So rich and full and strange and wonderful. A transportation.
- Walking on Water Madeline L’Engle. Madeline in her own voice, writing about faith and art. Beautiful, moving, reflective.
- The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge. Another book that met me in a season, took me by the hand and lifted me out of a spiritual fog with piercing sweetness. I have never reread it, but I hold a debt of gratitude for it still.