Five Favorite Books

Today is one of the theme days on the blogathon. It was suppose to be five favorite writing books but I thought that my choices would be the typical writing classics with a few extras thrown in. (I’ll probably share my fav writing books list in a future post this month.) So instead I decided to write briefly about some of my all time favorite books not in any particular order:

Healing Grace: Let God Free You From the Performance Trap by David Seamands

Do you ever feel like you just need to try harder? Do you ever feel like you don’t measure up? Check this book out on Amazon or at your local library.

Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson

“Keeping house can be a very mundane activity. It is certainly repetitive, and the kinds of work that it involves are varied enough that few people enjoy them all of them equally. But at the very same time, housekeeping is about practicing sacred disciplines and creating sacred space for the sake of Christ as we encounter him in our fellow household members and in neighbors, strangers, and guests.” (from preface)

The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit by Matthew Henry

This book was written in the early 1700’s, and it has been one of the most significant books in my life other than the Bible. I don’t understand some days why the Lord would want us to have a gentle and quiet spirit but He does.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Yes, It’s a child’s book but it’s an adult’s book, too. No, I guess it’s a life book. “When you are Real, you don’t mind being hurt.”

A Different Kind of Miracle by Emilie Barnes

I remember when my hubby brought this book home for me for my birthday. I thought, “It’s about her having cancer. Why did you buy me a book about cancer?” Well two chapters in, I realized it was a story about hope, healing, and God’s amazing faithfulness.

Well, that’s my list. I would love, love, love to hear what books are in your top five? or top ten?

Please leave a few names of your books. :)

8 responses to “Five Favorite Books”

  1. Jennifer Fink

    I’m intrigued by the Keeping House book — and that’s not something that I’d normally say! Going to have to check that one out…

    All-time favorite lists are tough for me. As a lifelong reader who is forever falling in love with new books, I find it hard to designate “favorites.” So here’s a random list of books that have affected my life:

    -The Handbook of Freelance Writing, by Michael Perry. This is the book that started it all for me. He was from WI, I was from WI. He was a Registered Nurse, I was a Registered Nurse. I figured if he could do it, so could I.

    -Bridge to Terabithia. This book, more than any other, captured my emotional interest when I was a child.

    -the Little House on the Prairie series. I can’t tell you how many times I read these books when I was a kid. The best part? My boys read and like them too!

    -Beloved, by Toni Morrison. Spoke to my mother heart in a way no other book has.

  2. Debra

    I loved the Velveteen Rabbit so much when I was a child that my favorite doll was named Velveteena. My mom raised her eyebrows at that one but never said anything. :) I have heard of the others, I will have to see if my library has any of them!

  3. Julie

    It’s quite sad to admit, but I’m not an avid reader. Oh, I’m reading all day long online, and we subscribe to THREE newspapers, but I know…that’s not the same thing! But I will say that I’m with Jennifer in that the “Keeping House” book sounds intriguing.

  4. Jackie Dishner

    Hi Jan,

    On my May 4 post, I wrote about the five favorite books that bring me joy. But I failed to mention another favorite: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I remember reading that one to my kids when they were in junior high. They loved all of the voices we could do with it. What fun it is to read with your kids together–and to make it about more than just reading!

    Jackie

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