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Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places
One of the most disorienting things in life is suffering. Even when we know all the right things about how the world is fallen and broken in every way ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
No Talking
My 4th graders' required summer reading. Cute and entertaining, but not an essential read for every kid.
Aug 17, 2014
Sep 01, 2014
The Mind's Eye
Oliver Sack's style is warm and engrossing, easy-to-read for those who don't enjoy the technical and overly scientific, but still detailed enough to b ...more
Oct 25, 2010
Sep 18, 2010
Sima's Undergarments for Women: A Novel
A solid debut for Ilana Stanger-Ross, Sima's Undergarments for Women is a tale of one woman's awakening. An unexpected new employee, with whom she bon ...more
Jun 09, 2010
May 27, 2010
The Fault in Our Stars
My favorite of John Green's books, by a significant margin.
Oct 13, 2013
Jan 04, 2012
The Friendship Doll
In 1927, 58 handcrafted, oversized dolls left Japan and sailed to the United States, gifts of schoolchildren to be ambassadors of goodwill and friends ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality
As the Internet Monk, Michael Spencer encouraged thousands through his blog, before he died of cancer last April. His one and only book, Mere Churchia ...more
Jan 06, 2011
Nov 19, 2010
Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir...of Sorts
It is probably easiest to talk about Jesus, My Father, The CIA and Me by talking about what it is not.

It is a memoir of a difficult childhood, but wit
Nov 14, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
The Silver Linings Playbook
I haven't seen the movie (yet) but its great reviews persuaded me to give this book a chance and I am very glad I did. A moving story, easy to read bu ...more
Mar 04, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity
I hadn’t even finished the preface to Real Sex before I breathed a sigh of relief and thanksgiving that someone had finally written this book. Real Se ...more
Oct 2006
Jan 23, 2008
Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith is the first book by Rob Bell, pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids and featured speaker in t ...more
Dec 2006
Feb 18, 2009
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus
Give Them Grace asks readers a very important question: how does believing the gospel change the way that you parent? The authors assert that if the w ...more
Jan 25, 2012
May 31, 2011
The Hole in Our Gospel
In a world with great poverty and despair, what does God expect of his people? If our neighbors are people of relative affluence, what concern should ...more
May 15, 2010
May 11, 2010
Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children is the sort of novel that defies an easy explanation. It's magical, but I wouldn't classify it as a fantasy. Though set in India a ...more
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 01, 2009
Turtle in Paradise

Turtle in Paradise's greatest strength is its vibrant characters, beginning with the narrator, Turtle herself. Each person leaps off the pages with li
May 06, 2010
Apr 28, 2010
The Tiger's Wife
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht may have been the most anticipated debut novel in years. In no small part because Obreht was named by the New Yorker la ...more
Aug 2011
May 31, 2011
The Faith of Barack Obama

The Faith of Barack Obama by Stephen Mansfield is one of a host of books that hit the market in this election season, capitalizing on this year’s fasc
Sep 18, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
As everyone is pushed towards college and working with your hands as seen as lesser than, Shop Class as Soulcraft is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Jul 19, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting

Before I was married and a mother, keeping the sabbath was easy. I read Keeping the Sabbath Wholly by Marva Dawn to remind myself why I need to press
Aug 2005
Oct 14, 2007
Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today's Families
Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony stands out amongst the crowd of Christian books by grounding parenting in discipleship. Instead of focusing pa ...more
Aug 14, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
The Attenbury Emeralds (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane, #3)
In the Attenbury Emeralds, Lord Peter Wimsey revisits his first case, retelling it to his wife, writer Harriet Vane, and then solving a modern twist. ...more
Jan 12, 2011
Oct 14, 2010
Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality
As more and more evangelicals identify themselves as gay Christians and more evangelicals have deep and meaningful relationships with homosexuals in a ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
Half the Church: Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women
So moved by reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Carolyn Custis James ...more
Jul 18, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
The Book Thief
Things that are terrifying or filled with sadness are not necessarily without beauty. The Book Thief is a story that exemplifies that principle. The c ...more
Apr 30, 2012
Jan 08, 2010
Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature ... America (or at least the Republican Party)
I was excited about reading Crunchy Cons by Rod Dreher because we’re crunchy and ideologically conservative, and the subtitle intrigued me. We got on ...more
Jul 2006
Jan 08, 2008
James and the Giant Peach
I had a love-hate relationship with Dahl and with fantasy and quirky books in general as a child. Choosing to listen to this (read very ably by Jeremy ...more
Nov 18, 2009
Oct 06, 2007
Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring
Andi Ashworth’s Real Love for Real Life is an excellent treatment of the Christian call to hospitality. Subtitled “the Art and Work of Caring,” the bo ...more
Dec 2006
Feb 17, 2008
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
Love Does is a memoir of sorts, stories and vignettes from the life of author Bob Goff. Goff is an extraordinary man, full of whimsy and heart. Some o ...more
Aug 27, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
Parenting in the pew : guiding your children into the joy of worship
Parenting in the Pew is part memoir and part practical theology as a pastor’s wife grapples with issues regarding children and the public worship serv ...more
Aug 2006
Mar 17, 2009
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself
When Helping Hurts is a helpful and necessary book that I'd recommend to others interested in the best practices of mercy ministry and community devel ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Jun 21, 2010