I have always loved stories. I remember my mom reading Fraggle Rock to me as she tucked me in at night. I was mesmerized by the brightly colored trolls and their adventures together.
In grade school I walked the halls of Hogwarts and hid among the hidden. I traveled back in time to the gold rush era and over seas to live with a family in Africa. College found me in the hills and hollers of Appalachia. Early marriage I discovered the world of Narnia and walked the road to Mordor with Fordo, I lived with Laura Ingalls on the Prairie and entered German concentration camps.
I have traveled the world many times through the lenses of many people. Through each story I've grown and learned a little more about life and myself.
But it wasn't until a couple years ago that I realized He was speaking to me through stories.
God speaks to me most through stories inked onto paper slowly unraveled page by page. He always has, I just never really considered it a valid form of communication, which is stupid because that's what the Bible is.
So I've made it a goal to read more, to create space to listen and hear. As I enter into others' lives I find myself awakening, my soul in awe of God's control, mercy, creativity and love in the lives and words of others.
I enjoy all kinds of stories, especially true ones. Here you will find a list of the books I’m reading or plan to read in the near future. As I update my shelf at home, I’ll update it here.
Happy reading friends!
Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler
All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tchivdjian
Heaven by Randy Alcorn
In His Image by Jen Wilson
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom- Corrie and her family saved hundreds of lives in Holland during the Nazi Regime. They hid people in their house and found safe passage for them out of the country. Her story is one of faith and boldly walking, of fierce love and of hope, trusting in an Almighty God even when darkness seems to have won.
The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts- Cancer found Kara in her early thirties with a new house, loving husband and young kids. Her story is one of vulnerability, of letting go of gripping fear and moving towards peace in the midst of both mundane living and hard suffering always pointing to God who never leaves us.
Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry- Jackie lived a life a part from God fully embracing the things of this world, but God met her, spoke to her and called her to something far greater than she could ever have imagined. Her story is grimy and hard and shows the vast beauty of God’s work in our lives.
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp- When Ann was challenged by a friend to name God’s gifts in her life her lens shifted and she began to see the world in a new light, in light of who God is. Her story is beautiful, one of searching to find more, to find life and finding it in Him.
Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot-
The Midwife by Jennifer Worth- Jennifer’s memoir is a collection of her memories of serving as a midwife alongside nuns in the slums of 1950’s London. Her story is beautiful, not pretty, grimy, deep and well written showing us that loving hard people comes only from God.
Fierce Marriage by Ryan and Selena Frederick
FANTASY + ADVENTURE:
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien- In this series Tolkien tells the tale of unlikely creatures, Hobbits, in the midst of the battle for Middle Earth forging a path to destroy the One Ring. Lord of the Rings is one of my all time favorite stories of adventure and responsibility, of finding the depths of yourself at the limits of yourself in hard places. Tolkien is one of the smartest, most poetic story tellers I’ve ever known. He has created a world in which I find myself longing to return to again and again.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis- Narnia is a magical world filled with unlikely creatures. Lewis tells the tale of Narnia through the Sons of Adam and the Daughters of Eve as they find themselves magically transported to this enchanting world. Lewis parallels Earth with Narnia and Aslan with God. His insights written in a children’s book are astounding.