It has been so long since I have done a book related blog post! I have however, been reading a lot – perhaps too much. I’m not going to list every single book I have read since my last post because I’ll be sat here forever. But the last three books I read have been a few of my favourites this year so I thought I must share them with you.
I try to read two books simultaneously (not literally). One book must be a novel, as I struggle to survive a day without a story to keep me going. The other is a non-fiction, usually relating to faith.
So the latest novel I read was Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes.
I have mentioned this book plenty of times before on my blog. It just has a special place in my heart. Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors (actually the woman who inspired me to become a writer). It has been several years since I last read this book, so I had forgotten how depressing it actually is. It’s about a woman whose husband dies in a car crash, and the book follows her journey of grief and letting go. It’s a sad, tragic story but Marian Keyes sprinkled her sense of humor (as she always does) so delicately across the book that you just can’t help but fall in love with the way she writes. If you love to read, you will definitely love this.
Alongside that, I also read You Lost Me by David Kinnaman.
This is a research book which tackles “why young Christians are leaving church and rethinking faith”. I saw this pop up on my news feed a couple of weeks ago and I ordered it straight away (gotta love Amazon). I will admit, it’s not the easiest book to read. However, it’s a must read. If you’re in church and you’re in a position of leading youth/young adults, you need to read this. It explores the reasons why people who were brought up in church life are walking away from it. And then most importantly, it helps you to think about how we can prevent it from happening. It’s a really thought-provoking book that makes you uncomfortable enough to change the way you lead in church. I will be harping on about this book forever, I can just tell.
Most recently I have been reading Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick.
Oh my goodness, I am in love with this book. It’s written by the pastor of Elevation Church, and it’s all about having audacious faith and “Daring to ask God for the impossible”. Joshua’s story of demanding God to make the sun stand still inspired Steven Furtick to write this. It’s such an easy, inspiring and encouraging book to read. If you’re the type of person who struggles to sit down and read a book, this one is for you. The language is easy, the chapters are short and the message in the book is worth it. You won’t want to put it down.
I’m now currently on the lookout for two new books to read over Christmas, so if you have any recommendations please do let me know!