Confession: I feel like some of the authors and characters in books that I love most are true friends even though we have never met or they are figments of a writer's imagination. In a chapter of my life where friendships in real life often take a backseat to caring for a family of five, I admit that a great book has often filled the gap in my heart and my soul over the years.
And some of these books have literally changed my life. Can you relate?
I recently asked my Facebook friends this question: What book changed your life (besides the Bible)? The answers came fast and furiously. It’s an easy answer for me too, and I thought it would be helpful to compile all the answers and list them here for you as well.
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BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY FRIENDS' LIVES:
Leaves of Grass
The Prophet (received numerous votes)
Created to be His Helpmeet (received numerous votes)
Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret
My Utmost For His Highest
The Seeking Heart
Knowing God (received numerous votes)
Lord of The Rings
Knowledge of The Holy
For Love’s Sake
Passion and Purity
Love as a Way of Life
The Pleasures of God
Born Again (received numerous votes)
Don’t Waste Your Life
The House on Mango Street
Redeeming Love (received numerous votes)
A Confident Heart
Conviction to Lead
The Shepherd Leader
The Gospel According to Jesus
Attributes of God (received numerous votes)
Grace by Max Lucado
Life of the Beloved
The Practice of the Presence of God
What’s So Amazing About Grace
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (received numerous votes)
The Power of a Praying Wife (received numerous votes)
The 5 Love Languages (received numerous votes)
Life on the Edge
When God Writes Your Love Story (received numerous votes)
Eyes Wide Shut
The Hiding Place (received numerous votes)
Love and Respect
Because He Loves Me
Grace Based Parenting
PERSONAL FAVES THAT CHANGED MY LIFE:
(received numerous votes)
The Purpose Driven Life-this book is one that I have re-read many times. A perfect book for anyone who is questioning God's purpose for their lives, or wondering who God is anyway. It grounded me in a time of grief and reminded me that my story is bigger than any one chapter of my life.
Radical-This book echoed the cry of my heart that Christians get off the couch of comfort and live radically-the definition of a thrilling life on the edge with Christ.
Crazy Love-Francis Chan was my pastor for 9 years and he walks what he talks. The passion in his message of what a life devoted to God should look like changed my perspective on religion verses relationship with God.
Heart of Anger: Practical Help for Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children-this book is a must read for ANYONE. Not just for parents. I learned so much about good conflict resolution from both a very Biblical and practical approach in this book. It's a life changer for all of your relationships.
Jane Eyre-I have read this novel more than any other in my life. The quality of writing and the heroine's personal journey of forgiveness and integrity through hard choices as well as the most romantic of all love stories weaves throughout this intelligent novel that was way ahead of its time. This is what it looks like to love God more than your own desires and how God honors you for it.
The Mission of Motherhood-This is my number one favorite parenting book. Sally's heart for listening to the Holy Spirit to guide us in our parenting and her loving approach to dealing with kids is foundational in my life as a mom.
Boundaries : When to Say Yes,How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life-I need to read this one again! For anyone who struggles with how to say no and needs discernment in their lives-this is the book for you! There are several topic-specific versions of this book too!
The Lord of The Flies-I taught this novel for nearly 10 years in the classroom. No other novel I have read so brilliantly depicts the heart of man at its sinful core. If you believe that man is inherently good, read this book and think again.
Day by Day with Charles H. Spurgeon (Out of Print. Similar Collection here)-I read Spurgeon every day. Have done for the last 15 years. If you need encouragement and solace from a word poet, this is your devotional.
YOUR TURN! Please, add the title of the book that CHANGED your life and tell us why!Which of these books do you want to read first?
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