My Favorite Reads – 2020 Edition

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Here are some of my favorite reads from this year in no particular order. If you’ve read and enjoyed any of these titles, you’ll likely enjoy the others!

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This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers by K.J. Ramsey

Genre: Christian non-fiction

Who it’s for: Christians who are tired of empty platitudes meeting their lingering pain. Readers who are experiencing chronic pain, grief, or other forms of “unhealed” suffering and longing to meet Jesus in their pain will find meaning and hope in this book.

If you’ve read The Body Keeps the Score or Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler and/or appreciate the spiritual writings of Thomas Merton or Richard Rohr, you’ll enjoy this book.

In Want + Plenty: Waking Up to God’s Provision in a Land of Longing by Meredith McDaniel

Genre: Christian non-fiction

Who it’s for: Christian women who are filled with longings and looking for signs of God’s provision for their needs. If you have identified a scarcity mentality or feel like you’re in a season of lack, this book is for you.

If you like books that weave in biblical stories and/or enjoy the writing of Emily P. Freeman and Elisabeth Elliot, you’ll like this book.

All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living by Morgan Harper Nichols

Genre: Illustrated poetry & prose

Who it’s for: Women who appreciate beautiful words and art and are looking for encouragement that meets them where they are.

If you follow Morgan on Instagram and/or like poetry books or gift books filled with meaning quotes that also incorporate art, you’ll like this book.

Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode–and into a Life of Connection and Joy by Aundi Kolber

Genre: Christian non-fiction

Who it’s for: Christians looking for something with more spiritual depth than a typical self-help book and who appreciate how faith and psychology are intertwined. The subtitle says it all. This book is for you if you’re anxious, stressed out, and tired of living in survival mode so that you can experience connection and joy in your life. If you’re ready to learn and actively participate in healing in your life, this book is for you.

If you like books by Brene Brown or Boundaries for Your Soul, you’ll like this book.

Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making by Andrew Peterson

Genre: Christian non-fiction

Who it’s for: Christian creatives looking to lean into their craft and find encouragement for pursuing the creative calling.

If you like Walking on Water by Madeline L’Engle, you’ll like this book.

Quiet Assurance: Meditations on Peace for the Grieving Heart by Thelma Nienhuis

Genre: Christian non-fiction / devotional

Who it’s for: Readers experiencing any type of grief and searching for God and peace in the midst of their pain.

If you like books by Christian contemplatives like Thomas Merton or Elisabeth Elliot, you’ll appreciate this book.

Breathing Underwater: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr

Genre: Christian non-fiction

Who it’s for: Readers who feel like they’re breathing underwater, perhaps even drowning, and are looking for a pathway towards healing and hope. Readers who are interested in spiritual formation, breaking free of sin or toxic patterns, and maturing in their faith. Readers who struggle with any form of addiction and readers who haven’t identified any addiction but are interested in healthy spirituality and spiritual formation.

If you like Richard Rohr’s other books, books by Brene Brown, Boundaries for Your Soul, or spiritual formation books, you’ll like this book.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Genre: Illustrated fiction

Who it’s for: Readers of all ages who appreciate books with meaningful life lessons. (Great for the whole family!)

If you like beautiful art and deeply moving words and/or are a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh, you’ll like this book.

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I'm a bereaved mom, former English teacher and stay-at-home mom (to two growing boys), veteran military spouse married to my high school sweetheart, contemplative creative, writer, and writing coach. I'm all about spreading the love of writing as a way of healing and hope.

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