What I’m Reading: Winter 2017

What I'm Reading

Gift-giving season is in full swing, so I put together a little list of sixteen books for the readers on your shopping list. I’m making this list available to my subscribers for the month of December.

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Here are eight winter favs….

Christian Living

Christian Living

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith, by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg
This book sparked such a curiosity in me! I love the way Spangler and Tverberg go back again and again to the fact that as believers of Jesus, we are branches grafted into a Jewish tree. This book is a great tool to help us grow deeper in His word and a vital reminder that a Jewish perspective will deepen our Christian faith.

When Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God, by Eugene Peterson
I  l o v e d this book. Loooooooved it. I used it as a devotional, reading a chapter a day for 49 days. Eugene’s gentle way of extending grace kept me coming back for more. I found myself chewing long after I had closed the book. This is what grace is like. We can’t get enough of the stuff and we keep coming back for more. And then we discover it will never run dry. Go get this book!

Humble Roots, by Hannah Anderson
Hannah Anderson teaches that pride is the root of so many struggles, but humility is God’s means of redemption. So much truth is packed into this tiny book that as soon as I finished, I made plans to read it again soon.

 

Memoir

Memoir

Hope Heals, by Katherine and Jay Wolf
I knew two things from the very first page: 1) this book would be difficult to read, and 2) it would change the way I defined difficulty. What a beautiful testimony of faithfulness of the One who sees us through the most impossible circumstances! A profound memoir of the healing power of Hope.

Rare Bird, by Anna Whiston-Donaldson
This moving memoir about profound love and tragic loss offers a precious window into the heart-wrestling that occurs as family and community survive the unthinkable. Anna speaks tenderly and candidly about the beauty found in a community of grievers.

She writes, “Grief isn’t linear as I had imagined. I hear somewhere that it is more of a spiral, where we have to come to the same places, again and again, but each time we’ve risen a little farther out of the pit.” An excellent read and one that will enhance your perspective towards grief.

The Sound of Gravel, by Ruth Wariner
Ruth Wariner’s haunting story of survival in a polygamist community portrays the tenacity of sibling bonds, and proves that the strength of family and love and hope are greater than the brokenness of polygamy and abuse and poverty. An exquisite must read!

 

Fiction

Fiction

Gold, by Chris Cleave
I picked this one up because I love the way Chris Cleave narrates such depth into his characters. By the end, I feel as if I know them. Their pain, their struggles, their sheer humanity seems to unveil something in my own heart. A page turner and hopeful story of what is most important in this life.

The House I Loved, by Tatiana de Rosnay
Between 1852 and 1870, Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann attempted to bring Paris into the modern era by remodeling large sections of the city. I started this book in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, as close friends mourned significant losses.

Phrases like these made me stop, put the book down, and think hard. “Our everyday belongings are mere nothings, carried away on a whirlwind of indifference. I found camaraderie as Rose described the sight of the neighborhood she loved “savagely truncated.” This book bears witness to the fact that a house is more than a house.

What are you reading this winter?

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2 Responses to What I’m Reading: Winter 2017

  1. Misty December 6, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    I got to be on the book launch team for Hope Heals! It is a wonderful book. Katherine and Jay are beautiful people. They have embraced every call that the Lord has put before them. Enjoy your winter reading list Kelly. As for me, I like to stick to the Bible. I am still waiting for the Lord to give me direction for how and what to study in 2018.

    • Kelly Sobieski December 6, 2017 at 8:37 am #

      Oh that’s awesome, Misty! Yes, this one is definitely one of my favorites. I can’t imagine all they’ve walked through. I’m so thankful to share a small piece of what God’s done by reading their story. And I agree with you… God’s Word is by far the most life-changing book I read. I also like to focus on something new for the new year. You’ll have to share with me once you have know what you’ll be studying. Right now I’m finishing up Psalms. 🙂

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