With the cold days of winter upon us, it’s a great time to warm up to a good book. One of the ways God speaks to me is through books. Some secular, some Christian, some fiction, some nonfiction. Here are some of the books I have enjoyed reading.
The most important book I read again this past year was the Bible, written by God, Himself. A group of us decided to read it through in six months. At ten chapters per day (about an hour each day), we did it. God spoke to me in broad strokes and I saw things I’ve never seen before through the bigger picture. A group is now reading the New Testament in 90 days. Want to join us? *****
An impactful book, “One Thousand Gifts,” by Anne Voscamp brings a heightened awareness the impact an attitude of thankfulness can have in life. Making a decision to be grateful each day is a concept that goes hand in hand with a victorious Christian walk. *****
Every American must read “The Harbinger,” by Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew. God spoke to me about what is going on in America through this riveting volume. Cahn’s second book, “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” portends understanding of God’s signs for the future. Before judging a nation, God always sends warnings. As a nation, where are we? *****
If you enjoy historical fiction, Joel Rosenberg’s book, “The Auschwitz Escape,” is a page turner. Very tastefully done, this book reminds us of the Holocaust but also of God’s intervention and man’s determination to survive. *****
By now, you’ve probably read, “Heaven is for Real,” by Todd Burpo. God speaks loudly through this book to remind us that what we have here is not all there is. The best is yet to come. *****
One of my favorite fiction authors is Richard Paul Evans. I think I’ve read about everything he’s written. His “Walk” series consists of five books depicting a man’s walk across the U.S. Sprinkled with a number of eclectic people he meets, it is adventure at its best. *****
Another adventurous writer, Paul Stutzman, has written two nonfiction books that intrigued me with his perseverance and how the human spirit survives the most daunting experiences. “Hiking Through,” is about his hike of the entire Appalachian trail. “Biking Across America” is his second book and equally entertaining while deepening your understanding of God. *****
Who hasn’t read at least one of John Grisham’s books? To me, his best work is “Sycamore Row,” a character study with riveting and dramatic conflict and a theme of making a wrong right. *****
For those interested in end time prophesy who enjoy reading biblical text that fits with current events, I found Joel Richardson’s book, “The Islamic Antichrist” a compelling read. He completely changed my mind as to how I look at some aspects of future events. *****
Have you ever read a book where you just keep thinking…wow, this author has an amazing way with words. “In the Kingdom of Ice,” by Hampton Sides, will leave you white knuckled at times as you follow the true story of an 1800’s team who explored the uncharted waters of the Arctic Circle. First, stuck in the ice, then making their way out through dangerous terrain.*****
If you’re looking for a short daily devotional where God literally speaks right to your heart, “Jesus Calling,” by Sarah Young is the book I would recommend. *****
Looking for a book that will challenge your walk with God? Try Richard Stearns, “A Hole in the Gospel.” His gift of exhortation will challenge you with fresh, practical understanding of how works are to follow faith. *****
Oh, I can’t forget to recommend “The Heavenly Man,” by Brother Yun, a Chinese Christian who endured unimaginable torture. Yet, God met Him at every turn. Be prepared for a surprise miracle you won’t soon forget. *****
There are many more books I have recently enjoyed but I will just name a few authors. You can’t go wrong with Terri Blackstock, a Christian novelist whose every book is a page turner. I’m reading her “Moonlight series.” Karen Kingsbury is a prolific writer with a special point to every story. “On Every Side” is one I especially enjoyed. “Rebel With a Cause,” Franklin Graham’s autobiography is both enlightening and absorbing. Almost anything by Francine Rivers is thought provoking. An edgy writer, she tackles tough subjects and speaks directly to your heart. *****
How about you? Have you read a 5 star (*****) book lately?