So I am not really a reader. It feels really weird for me to review books or to recommend them. But for those of you who are and are much more faithful to read books even when you aren’t forced to, here are 15 books I read this past year!
(All titles are links to purchase the books on Amazon. Books sorted in alphabetic order.)
- Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected ; Kayla Aimee
Find my review of Anchored here.
- Cinderella Ate My Daughter ; Peggy Orenstein
I will admit, I had to read this for a class or probably never would have unless I somehow came across the sparkly cover. There were parts of this book I hated and a few when I was really discouraged, but seeing this book through the eyes of a mom who is concerned about the world her daughter is growing up in is so beneficial. Great book for anyone interested in thinking about “girlhood” in a new light.
- Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer ; Priscilla Shirer
Find my review of Fervent here.
- Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls–Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Environmental Toxins ; Leonard Sax
This book also falls into the category of books I had to read for class, but I am so thankful I did. Dr. Sax writes this book both for parents and for any helping professionals who work with girls (e.g. teachers, pastors, counselors, etc.). What I love about this book is that Dr. Sax not only elaborates on problems in girl world, he also offers solutions.
- Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have; Annie Downs
(Taken from my RESOURCES page)
So I kind of had a girl crush on Annie when I listened to a sermon by her on singleness and found her at a conference in Nashville, TN. We talked about nail polish and she was super cool so I bought her book. I am not the type to read a book all the way through in anything shorter than a couple years (if I ever finish), but I read this one in a month. I felt like I was sitting and having coffee with Annie throughout every chapter. It’s great. Read it.
- Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World ; Bob Goff
Where do I begin? I had this book for a long time and knew I needed to read it then finally did and I only wished I had read it sooner. Bob Goff’s story is so cool, but hearing the lessons that he has learned throughout his life was both fun and inspiring. Just read it, okay?
- Popular: Boys, Booze, and Jesus ; Tindell Baldwin
I’ll admit, I was skeptical about this one, as I am about any thing with the subtitle “Boys, Booze, and Jesus”. Tindell Baldwin is Kristian Stanfill’s (Vocalist and Guitarist, Passion Band) sister, who had a hard time growing up in his shadow or her family’s shadow in general. In this book, she shares her experience of choosing boys, choosing booze, and eventually choosing Jesus. We used this book for my high school girls’ small group and while they weren’t the best about reading it (surprise, surprise ;), Tindell’s vulnerability in this book lead to great and authentic discussions. Also, she’s agreed to meet with us in March so STAY TUNED!
- Salvaging My Identity ; Jennifer Mills & Rachel Lovingood
My focus this summer was on Identity in Christ so I was on the lookout for any and all resources. I loved the simplicity of this book that spoke to me at a 8th grade girl level (I feel so understood there). I also loved the format that was only 2-4 pages and an easy yet encouraging way to start my day! I sent this to all my middle school girl small group moms as a good read for middle school girls over the summer!
- So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids ; Diane Levin
This also falls in the category of a book for class, but don’t lose sight there! This book was extremely eye-opening but also frightening as I saw the rampant effects of hyper sexualization in children, 7 years ago, not to mention the rampant effects today. If you have a kid, work with kids, or know a kid, I would read this. But, be aware, you will get weird looks in coffee shops.
- The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance ; John Trent & Gary Smalley
I was a little hesitant to share this one, but the message and understanding of the importance of unconditional love from parents is so good. If you work with anyone who tells you about things they’re struggling with, this book provides a great lens of understanding the roles parents sometimes play in those scars.
- The Elements of Counseling ; Scott Meier & Susan Davis
Good bookshelf book for anyone working in the counseling realm.
- The Four Loves ; C.S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis unpacks the 4 types of love in Greek that are used in the New Testament. He simplifies huge ideas with lots of fun stories along the way.
- The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming ; Henri Nouwen
I think the Prodigal Son is a story I could read every day and get something new out of it every time. This narrative is all about Nowen’s interaction with Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son and highlights so many perspectives through which to interact with the grace of the Father in this parable.
- The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures and Conflicting Expectations ; Stephen Hinshaw
This book explains and summarizes so well the challenges of girl world, but is written like a Psychology paper and can be kind of hard to get through.
- Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ ; Mark Driscoll
As far as Identity in Christ resources go, I really enjoyed how this book and sermon series discuss Identity in Christ based on the book of Ephesians.
What’s your favorite book you read this year?