Reading Wrap Up - What I Read In Winter | Christian Book Recommendations

Hey guys! I haven't posted a book related post in a while! That is probably because I haven't been reading as much as usual lately. I did read four books in this past Winter. All four were Christian lit and I enjoyed ALL of them! So today I am going to share four Christian books that you should totally read if you haven't already!

Eve by WM. Paul Young

Published September 15th 2015 by Howard Books ISBN - 1501101374
When a shipping container washes ashore on an island between our world and the next, John the Collector finds a young woman inside--broken, frozen, and barely alive. With the aid of Healers and Scholars, John oversees her recovery and soon discovers her genetic code connects her to every known human race. She is a girl of prophecy and no one can guess what her survival will mean...

No one but Eve, Mother of the Living, who calls her daughter and invites her to witness the truth about her story--indeed, the truth about us all. (goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This book was unlike anything I have ever read before. This was one of those rare books that as I read it and approached the end I just wanted it to be longer and longer so that it wouldn't be over. I think it is important to go into this story knowing that it is fiction. I think if you have that mindset then you can glean from all of the wonderful symbolism and imagery that Young weaves through this book.

It challenged my thinking and opinions. I think there is some parts of scripture where we aren't told what happened during certain in between periods and I think we tend to just assume (usually the worst) what we think happened and fill in the blanks and then we make that a part of our theology. This book will challenge you but it will also show you the most beautiful picture of a Heavenly FATHER and it will remind you where your worth comes from. 

My Rating: 5/5 praise hands.

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Bridge To Haven by Francine Rivers

Published April 22nd 2014 by Tyndale House Publisher ISBN - 1414368186

To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she's paid to finally feel like she's somebody.

To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua--Abra's closest friend--watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. 

Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what's expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home. (goodreads)

My Thoughts

This was a good read. Francine Rivers went places a lot of Christian writers would stay away from. The book was real and it was raw. You really see Abra's brokenness and her sin and the sins committed against her. I genuinely cared for her and was heartbroken in places where she was broken. The theme of redemption and unconditional love was also refreshing to my soul as I read it. I found myself being very frustrated with Abra & the fact that she spent so much time thinking she was unloved and trying to earn love from the wrong people. I realized I spent much of my life doing the same thing. Over all it was good and I am glad I read it.

My Rating: 3.5/5 praise hands.

Published May 19th 2015 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc
ISBN - 1496402243

“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority. 

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within. 

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.(goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This was gooood. I love dystopian novels and this one was not a disappointment. The world is great because it is so well built throughout the book and it is so easy to hate the was the society is structured. I am super excited to continue on with this series. 

My Rating: 4/5 praise hands.

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The Reason: How I Discovered A Life Worth Living

Published October 7th 2014 by Baker Books
ISBN - 0801016738 

The day Lacey Sturm planned to kill herself was the day her grandmother forced her to go to church, a place Lacey thought was filled with hypocrites, fakers, and simpletons. The screaming match she had with her grandmother was the reason she went to church. What she found there was the Reason she is alive today.

With raw vulnerability, this hard rock princess tells her own story of physical abuse, drug use, suicide attempts, and more--and her ultimate salvation. She asks the hard questions so many young people are asking--Why am I here? Why am I empty? Why should I go on living?--showing readers that beyond the temporary highs and the soul-crushing lows there is a reason they exist and a purpose for their lives. She not only gives readers a peek down the rocky path that led her to become a vocalist in a popular hardcore band, but she shows them that the same God is guiding their steps today. (goodreads)

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this. Lacey is so transparent with her life and its many ups and downs. I found myself identifying with a lot of what she said and the things she was going through. I think anyone that reads this though will have a similar experience. She is an excellent writer and her words will encourage any hungry soul. Diffidently worth picking up. 

My Rating: 5/5 praise hands.

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There you have it! The four books I have read recently that I think you will totally enjoy. For a more in-depth wrap up you can check out my youtube winter wrap up below.

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