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Books That Make You Think

I like books that make me think.

I’ll admit that I’ve read a lot of fluff in the past. You know, that’s the kind of book you can skim through in an hour or two and by the next day you couldn’t even say what it was about. My daughters call them “bathtub books” because you can pretty much read a whole one during a nice long hot bath. Those are okay for the beach, but since I don’t get to the beach very often, I don’t read too many.

I look for books that will challenge me. Cause me to contemplate. Inspire and motivate me to grow as a person. As a Christian. As a woman. A wife. A mother. A writer. I’ve made a list of a few books I’ve read in the last year that have done exactly that. Some are fiction. Some are non-fiction. Some are by Christian authors. Some are not. Some I’ve read for the second or third time. But I’ve taken away some solid gold nuggets from each one. Nuggets of incredible insight and truth.

1. The Enclave – by Karen Hancock (one of my favorite authors)

2. Seasons – by Tim Gilligan (a very wise man of God)

3. Pathfinder – by Orson Scott Card (love his writing)

4. Crazy Love – by Frances Chan (worth reviewing on a regular basis)

5. Writing 21st Century Fiction – by Donald Maass (for anyone who wants to be a better writer)

6. Greater – by Steven Furtick (so motivating!)

7. Hunger Games – by Suzanne Collins (loved the book, the movie, and the book again)

8. The Holy Spirit is Not For Sale – by Lee Grady (wow!)

9. Garden Spells – by Sarah Addison Allen (light fiction, fun book, lots of wisdom)

10. Fablehaven Series – by Brandon Mull (my 11-year-old granddaughter just finished the 5 book series – she loved them too)

11. Agenda 21 – by Glenn Beck (lots of pondering here)

12. Creative Thinkering – by Michael Michalko (great for kick-starting the creativity)

13. Soul’s Gate – by James Rubart (serious make you think book)

14. This Present Darkness – by Frank Peretti (for the sixth or seventh time)

These books are not in any particular order, neither is this an exhaustive list of the good ones. I’ve read dozens more. Maybe even hundreds. But all of these have impacted me in some way. A good way, I hope.

So there you go. If you’re looking for something good and don’t know what to read, I’ve given you some suggestions.

Now go open a book.


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The Bookstore

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Ah, the bookstore.

This is a picture of El Ateneo in Buenos Aires. I’ve never been there, but I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to visit this little piece of heaven. I’d have to learn Spanish, but it would be a small price to pay.

In the meantime, I satisfy my cravings with regular trips to our local Chapters store. As I take my first step inside, I am greeted with the heady aroma of ink and coffee, thanks to the adjoining Starbucks. There is no perfume to match it. Really. It is an olfactory delight.

In our house, we call it therapy. To spend an hour or two in the company of so many friends – the books – is a wondrous thing. I don’t even have to buy anything.

There, now you know one of my greatest weaknesses.



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For the Booklovers

My daughter sent me the link to this 15-minute video entitled The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. She knows how I love books – my friends, I call them – and she made my day by thinking of me this way. Hope it makes your day too!

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