Every few months, I love to share with you some of the best books I've read recently (or am currently reading).
At the end of the year, I'll give you my more definitive ranking of the best books I read this year, but for now, here are a few excellent books I've read recently or am reading right now.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - This is one of the most masterful, moving novels I've ever read. I loved it desperately, and if it wasn't a library book I would have read the whole thing again after finishing it. (For parents or young teens reading this, I'd probably recommend it for 16+ readers.) It's set in France during World War II and tells the story of two very different sisters and the choices they make to protect the people they love most.
The Lucky Few by Heather Avis - What a joyful, vulnerable book this was. Heather is a tremendous writer and her family's story is precious. When she discovered that she and her husband couldn't have kids, they decided to adopt. They now have three kids, two with Down Syndrome. This book tells their story and the myriad ways God has richly blessed them.
Practical Religion by J.C. Ryle - If you know me, you know I love J.C. Ryle. You could safely call me a Ryle fangirl. I picked up this book in LA a few weeks ago and just started it a few days ago. And, as expected, I'm utterly loving it. Ryle simply goes over what it means to live like a Christian and touches on things like Bible reading, freedom, happiness, sickness, and eternity.
Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber - This is a memoir I've only recently begun. Here's the hook: "A 'girl-meets-God' style memoir of an agnostic who, through her surprising opportunity to study at Oxford, comes to a dynamic personal faith in God." It sounds epic, and it's written in a lyrical style I love. I'm excited to finish it!
Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp - I just finished this book a couple nights ago. Yes, this is a book for parents. And no, I am not a parent. But this is a marvelous book for anyone who works with kids, or anyone who thinks they might be a parent one day.
What are you reading right now?