This is a series I plan to continue monthly. I’m an avid reader by nature, and while I don’t have all the time I’d like to devout to reading right now, I read when I can, which is usually right before bed. I read a large variety of books, ranging from faith inspiration to classic novels to chick-lit. Feel free to let me know if you have any recommendations! Some of these links are affiliate links. By clicking through these links you help support this site. Thank you!
Here are a few of the books I was able to finish during the month of January:
As a person who has struggled with anxiety and depression, this book really inspired me. Grounded in the Bible, The Hope Quotient focus’s on why hope is such an integral component to every person’s success, including practical tips on how to improve your hope- starting with finding your hope in Jesus. A great read for anyone struggling to find hope in this broken world.
I’m a big Francine Rivers fan. She writes primarily faith-based novels, but they’re intertwined with such powerful, real life scenarios they tend to be painfully relate-able. She does a great job of developing the characters, and the story line is always spot on. She’s able to naturally and successfully incorporate the faith-based element without it seeming over the top. This book was no exception. While at times it did feel a little bit like her previous novel, Redeeming Love (see below), and was a tad predictable (more so than her previous novels…again, just my opinion) it was different enough to hold my attention from start to finish. The story centers around Abra, a girl who was abandoned by her birth mother as a newborn. The story follows Abra throughout childhood and a challenging- at times angst-filled- adolescence to young adult-hood. The situations were raw and real, and Rivers’ ability to hit close to home is apparent in this novel as well. A beautiful story of God’s forgiveness and grace.
This book came very highly recommended to me by numerous people, and it may very well be my new favorite fiction novel of all time. Set in the 1850s, and written through the eyes of a broken woman’s story of abuse and prostitution, Redeeming Love paints a beautiful picture of the life-altering, perfect grace and love of Jesus Christ. Without giving too much away, if you are uncomfortable with difficult and painful situations, consider this a forewarning. However, don’t let that stop you from reading it! I tend to be a very cautious reader of disturbing material, yet this book was deeply moving and I’m so glad I read it. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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