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My Top 10 Books of 2017

My goal was to read 50 books in 2017.  I got 48 books read, so I was pretty close!  I've set 50 as my goal again for 2018.

Here are my 10 Top Favorite books from the year.

1.  Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman.  You can read the full review here.  If you haven't read this book, please do!

2.  Mama B -- A Time to Speak by Michelle Stimpson.  The full review is here.

3.  Abundant Simplicity: Discovering the Unhurried Rhythms of Grace by Jan Johnson.  Read the review here.

4.  Lord, Teach Us to Pray by Andrew Murray.  The review is here.

5.  Humility, the Journey Toward Holiness by Andrew Murray.  You can read the review here.

6.  My God and I by Lewis Smedes.  Read the review here.

7.  Trouble I've Seen by Drew G. I. Hart.  Please read the review here.

8.  Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo.  The review is here.

9.  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  That link is here.

10.  Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas.  The review can be found here.  

Here is my full list from 2017, in order read:

11. The Nesting Place:  It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillan Smith.  This book was so close to making it on the top 10.  Maybe I should have made some ties!

12.  Falling Free by Shannan Martin.  This is another one that could be on the top 10.

13.  In Search of Africa by Manthia Diawara

14.  Paul for Everyone - I Corinthians by N. T. Wright

15.  I Corinthians:  13 Studies for Individuals & Groups by N. T. Wright

16.  The Deerslayer by James Fennimore Cooper

17.  The Finding of Jasper Holt by Grace Livingston Hill

18.  Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

19.  Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald

20.  The Power of Suffering by John MacArthur

21.  Stolen Woman by Kimberly Rae

22.  A House Divided  by Robert Whitlow

23.  The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman  (really helpful if you are interested in photography)

24.  True Religion:  Taking Pieces of Heaven to Places of Hell on Earth by Palmer Chinchen

25.  The Young Mountaineers Short Stories by Mary Noailles Murfee

26.  The Gold Bug:  Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe

27.  Summer of the Midnight Sun by Tracie Peterson

28.  Under an African Sky by Julene Hodges Schroeder  (this was also a favorite)

29.  Mountain Top by Robert Whitlow

30.  The Color Purple by Alice Walker (I wanted to like this, but then I just didn't)

31.  Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker

32.  Saving Grace by Ryan Phillips (a great novel)

33.  Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (a fun classic)

34.  Rab and His Friends by John Brown (weird)

35.  Through the Eyes of Hope by Lacey Buchanan (not the best written, but very touching)

36.  Chasing the Sun by Tracie Peterson

37.  The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji (an enjoyable book by a Muslim writer)

38.  The Fight of Faith:  Believing God in Difficult Circumstances by Bruce McDonald

39.  Break It by Ben Muse

40.  Paul for Everyone:  II Corinthians by N. T. Wright (I LOVED my study of II Corinthians and this book was super helpful.)

41.  The Man without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates (don't waste your time)

42.  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (if you like thrillers, I recommend this one)

43.  Called for Life by Kent Brantly (I recommend this one, too!)

44.  Blessings by Anna Quindlen

45.  She Never Knew by C. J. Simpson

46.  The Color of Hope by Kim Cash Tate

47.  Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish (this book is kind of artsy, but I really enjoyed it)

48.  Paul for Everyone:  Galatians by N. T. Wright

If you're looking for a good book to get your 2018 reading started, I hope this gives you some ideas.  You can search my blog for all of my reviews (at the top there is a magnifying glass.  Just type in the title of the book and it should take you to the blog.)

And do you have any recommendations for me for 2018?  I'm always looking for a good book!
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