As I write this post, we are already expecting our first winter storm for the season and it’s not even winter officially yet.
With the leaves starting to change color and the temperatures plummeting, why not cozy up to the fireplace, grab some hot chocolate and crack open one of these christian books this fall?
Let’s dive into some of these christian book reviews and summaries.
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Christian Book Reviews And Summaries – My Favorite Reads This Year
Of the Christian books I have read this year, the following christian books, in no particular order, are my favorites. Healer and Six Years & A Quarter Way Through, both fictional books, the story lines were well developed and had good actionable takeaways for college students.
For those stepping out into adulthood, Adulting by Jonathan Pokluda, is one of the better adulting books released this year. A good guide for those trying to navigate the world of early adulthood.
If I had to choose only one book from this list, it would be Own Your Everyday by Jordan Dooley. Lots of practical advice on living a life of purpose. I originally received an advanced reader copy and enjoyed it thoroughly, definitely planning on purchasing a physical copy to read again.
Does it ever seem like you still have to find your purpose or that you’re stuck with “unfigured-out dreams”? Do you feel the pressure to prove yourself or worry about what others will think?
You are not the only one.
From accidentally starting a small business instead of using her college degree, to embarrassing herself onstage in front of thousands, to wasting time worrying about what others think or say, Jordan Lee Dooley knows exactly how that feels—and she’s learned some important lessons about living a purposeful life along the way.
An influential millennial widely recognized for her tagline turned international movement, “Your Brokenness is Welcome Here,” Jordan has become a go-to source that women around the world look to for inspiration in their faith, work, relationships, and everyday life.
Now, in this approachable but actionable read that’s jam-packed with practical tools, Jordan equips you to
• tackle obstacles such as disappointment, perfectionism, comparison, and distraction
• remove labels and break out of the box of expectations
• identify and eliminate excuses and unnecessary stress about an unknown future
• overcome the lie that you can’t live your God-given purpose until you reach a certain goal or milestone
If you ever feel you need to shift your mindset but don’t know how, this book will help you overcome shame, practice gratitude, and redefine success. See what others are saying about own Your Everyday
Billions of people have had sex. Far fewer have made love. In the Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex, author Sheila Wray Gregoire helps women see how sexual intimacy was designed to be physically stupendous but also incredibly intimate.
Whether you’re about to walk down the aisle or you’ve been married for decades, The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex will lead you on a wonderful journey of discovery towards the amazing sex life God designed you for.
With humor, research, and lots of anecdotes, author Sheila Wray Gregoire helps women see how our culture’s version of sex, which concentrates on the physical above all else, makes sex shallow. God, on the other hand, intended sex to unite us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Gregoire walks through these three aspects of sex, showing how to make each amazing, and how to overcome the roadblocks in each area we often encounter.
Drawing on survey results from over 2,000 people, she also includes lots of voices from other Good Girls, giving insight into how other women have learned to truly enjoy sex in marriage. See what others are saying about The Good Girls Guide To Great Sex.
Every day, another Millennial becomes an adult. For many young people, the transition is a bumpy one, fraught with opportunities to make mistakes and bad choices. The clear expectations they had at home or in school are gone, and they may feel unprepared to face what comes next.
But sometimes we make it harder than it has to be. Combining entertaining stories from his own experience, insights from the Bible, and compelling evidence from research, “JP” Pokluda lays out a roadmap for how to navigate life as an adult, addressing topics like
– friendships and dating
– career and money management
– interpersonal conflict
– controlling anxiety
– recovering from addiction
– and discovering your purpose on this earth
Anyone struggling to find a footing in the world of adult life will welcome this witty, non-patronizing guide. See what others are saying about Welcome to Adulting.
Hovering just below the surface of Shilo Giannelli’s average existence lays an amazing spiritual power. Late one night, her world erupts with the revelation that, like her great-grandmother, she has The Gift. But the power to heal isn’t something she can share with the soccer team, her genius little sister, or her boyfriend, Kenji. Definitely not Kenji.
Deep beneath Misty Morning’s tough facade is a lifetime of abandonment, foster homes and broken dreams. When her two-year-old son is abused by her boyfriend, her fragile world shatters…until Shilo prays for Tyler, and he is healed, leaving Misty grateful but incredibly curious.
Shilo can’t give Misty the answers she needs; she only knows she has a God-given destiny, and despite facing strained relationships, impossible decisions, and the threat of being hounded day and night for her abilities, she will fulfill it.
The journey Misty and Shilo take together unites them as friends but invites danger into their lives. And it will take a miracle for these unlikely friends to elude a gang bent on revenge, keep The Gift a secret, trust God in extraordinary circumstances, and hold on to the people they love. See what others are saying about Healer.
Six Years and a Quarter Way Through is a story about a young woman who’s lost her way. Like many of us, Leah believed that the vision supersedes the process until, at age twenty six, she stops believing in the vision and the one who gave it to her. Leah has lost her faith, her job, her confidence, and maybe her mind. Utterly defeated and without hope that her dreams to become a star would come true, she meets Trenton Shaw, a rich, powerful, handsome, hotshot producer who has spent the last six years of his life trying to find her. Leah is weary of Trenton initially, particularly since he is adamant about enlisting her for a new reality show that he is putting together called “”Star Quality.””
However, after reasoning that she has nothing left to lose, she consents. If she wins the show, she will receive a cash prize, an agent, and most importantly a part in a brandnew feature film; even if she loses, people would still know her name. Trent and Leah quickly fall for each other, forming an intense and sometimes volatile relationship, which only gets more complicated after she moves into the house she’ll be sharing with her costars and meets Brice. Frightened awake from a nightmare, Leah stumbles into the living room, where she finds Brice looking as haunted as she feels; he confides in her about his dead fiancee, and she in him about her nightmares and anxiety attacks.
Her nightmares recur, worsening with each night as the competition intensifies and her relationship with Trent deepens. Gradually it becomes apparent that Leah’s way of getting everything she’s ever wanted may have taken her on a road she should not have traveled. At its core, this is a story about the journey we all must take: What do we believe? How strongly do we believe it? Will that belief be steadfast in the face of temptation? Although everyone’s story is different, you only either chose to do it God’s way or your own. See what others are saying about Six Years & A Quarter Way Through.
Sex. In a world overwhelmingly obsessed with it, why is the church so silent about it? While our secular culture twists, perverts, cheapens, and idolizes sex, there are gaping holes in the church’s guidance of young people. The result is generations of sexually illiterate people drowning in the repercussions of overwhelming sin struggles.
Enough is enough, says Mo Isom. With raw vulnerability and a bold spirit, she shares her own sexual testimony, opening up the conversation about misguided rule-following, virginity, temptation, porn, promiscuity, false sex-pectations, sex in marriage, and more and calling readers back to God’s original design for sex–a way to worship and glorify him. This book is for the young person tangled up in an addiction to pornography, for the girlfriend feeling pressured to go further, for the “good girl” who followed the rules and saved herself for marriage and then was confused and disappointed, for the married couple who use sex as a bargaining tool, for every person who casually watches sex play out in TV and movies and wonders why they’re dissatisfied with the real thing, and for every confused or hurting person in-between.
Sex was God’s idea. It’s time we invited him back into the bedroom. See what others are saying about the book, Sex, Jesus & The Conversations The Chucrh Forgot.
Christian Book Reviews And Summaries-Dating & Marriage
There are several dating and marriage books on the market, with The Five Love Languages being one of my all time favorites. If you are looking for some new releases, here are a few options to consider.
For the modern Christian woman living in today’s sexually charged society, embracing God’s design for sex and purity can often feel like an impossible pursuit. As the culture seeks to normalize things such as pornography, erotica, and casual sex, both single and married women of all ages feel immense pressure to conform. With alluring temptations constantly inviting them to join in, they might even begin to question whether God’s design is truly good. They wrestle with questions like
– What is the purpose of my sexuality?
– What does it mean to pursue purity?
– Are my sexual longings good or bad?
In this encouraging book, Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal share honestly about their own struggles and victories, and invite women on a personal journey to discover and reclaim a biblical vision for their sexuality. Kristen and Bethany help women understand why God’s design for sexuality is good, relevant, and leads to true hope and lasting freedom. See what others are saying about the book.
Human beings love to be loved. And we love to fall in love. As children we pour our love into our pets and our friends. As teenagers we fall in love with musicians and actors and the boy whose locker is next to ours. As we mature, we long for romantic love that will last a lifetime. Sacrificial love, unexplainable love, familial love, desperate love. Love songs and love stories. Clearly we were created with the longing for love ingrained in our souls.
With lots of wit and a bit of wisdom drawn from a lifetime of falling in love, Lincee Ray invites you to an unabashed celebration of that loving feeling. As she reveals the loves of her life and encourages you to recall your own, you’ll discover alongside her that there is only one who can ever truly fulfill the deepest longings of our hearts. And he made us to be part of a divine love story. See what others are saying about It’s a Love Story.
While not a dating book, The Master Reset is written from a single girls point of view and takes the reader on a journey to reset their relationship with God.
Are you sure you want to change, do something different, feel and look better inside and out ?
Doing so requires a reset of the heart, mind, body, and soul.
• Dump old mindsets
• Break up with wrongful thoughts and the past and,
• Cast down every imagination of “I’m not good enough”
With The Master Reset- “A girl’s ultimate guide to freeing up space on her spiritual hard drive.
Reprogram your mind and then live your best life, the life God has purposed for you!
Mentally delete for good every self-imposed or societal expectation and align your life to the agenda of God, The Ultimate Master.
Understand you are more than enough. You are a daughter of The King. Know this and wear your crown. See what others are saying about The Master Reset.
Christian Book Reviews And Summaries- Bible Studies
Jill Smith is famous for writing fictional christian books. With the book When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams, Jill dives head on into non-fiction by looking at Women of the Bible. Each character study walks you through the lives of 12 women and how they may have reacted as they learned to truly trust God.
Life is full of twists and turns. Relationships falter, careers fizzle, health fades. We may be faced with choices we never wanted to make or have situations pushed upon us we’d never expected. Yet, in all of it, God is at our side–even when he feels far away.
Drawing on her extensive research into women of the Old Testament, novelist Jill Eileen Smith turns her pen to the lessons in trusting God that we can learn today from women like
– Noah’s wife
– Lot’s wife
– and more
Readers will learn from what these ancient women did right–and even what they did wrong–when faced with dashed expectations and deferred dreams. And they’ll come away with the confidence that ours is a faithful God who loves us and is forming us through our trials into the women he longs for us to be. See what Others are saying about When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams.
Christian Book Reviews And Summaries- Teens
While the book Healer mentioned above is an awesome read for teens, the book Royal is a lovely Bible Study that can help teens learn to embrace their identity in Christ.
What if you could unlock the secrets of being royal? As a child of the King, you are a princess. But after centuries of sin, we don’t always act as a princess should. Learn from Esther, the queen who saved her people and embrace your identity in Christ as a princess.
This book is a great Bible study guide for girls as young as 12-years-old and is ideal for them to use on their own or with mom. See what others are saying about Royal: Life Lessons From the Book of Esther.
Christian Book Review Websites
In addition to websites like Good Reads, Christian Books, Barnes & Nobles and Lifeway, If you are looking for additional book reviews, check out the following book review websites from christian bloggers.
Aryn the Libraryan
In addition to sharing the love of Jesus, Aryn loves sharing great books. In her words, Jesus is my rock and books keep me rolling.” She has done christian book reviews across several genres including children’s book reviews if you are looking for children’s book recommendations or children’s book reviews for parents. Visit Aryn’s blog to find some awesome christian books reviews.
Hebrews 12 Endurance
Aminata is a blogger and also an author. She shares about Knowing God, Knowing yourself and running your race. Blogging since 2015, she has done quite a number of christian book reviews including some christian book reviews focused on the family. Visit Hebrews12Endurance for some additional great book reviews from a christian perspective.You can check out several of her Bible Study Books on Amazon.
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