My 2015 Book Recommendations

1. Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey. I received this book from my sister-in-law for my birthday in July & it’s the best book I’ve read over the summer. It’s written in a very poetic style that is refreshing to read – and the story line is great especially for the women that have felt devalued in the church.

2. It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke. I read Jefferson’s first book last year and was able to finish it in one sitting, conveniently while my husband and father-in-law were watching a Packers game. I thought it was inspiring and really thought-provoking though I did believe the book was a little scattered. Since I got word of a new book, I’ve been waiting patiently. When I finally got my hands on an advanced reader copy, I thought I would be able to finish it in one sitting – just like the previous book. Boy was I wrong. It didn’t take me a long time to read the book, but it was very intellectually and scripturally dense – at least compared to his first book. The book was very concise and well-written.

In Jefferson’s previous book, I don’t remember scripture taken up a lot of pages. In this book, I can’t say the same thing. You can really compare the books to see how much he has grown in his faith and knowledge of God’s word. The best part is that it wasn’t a boring read. I find that Christian books usually fall into two categories…exciting, passionate, and barely mentions scripture…or boring, long, and has tons of scripture. I’m not trying to say that having a lot of scripture in a book is bad, but Jefferson was able to work with the Word in a way that opened your eyes and made your mouth drop – instead of making your eyes close and your mouth yawn.

3. Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction by Caleb Kaltenbach. “When the author, Caleb Kaltenbach, was a toddler, his parents divorced and independently came out of the closet as a gay man and a lesbian. As a result, Caleb was lovingly raised in the LGBT community. He attended LGBT parties with his mother and her partner, marched in pride parades…and experienced hatred and bitterness from Christians. To his enduring surprise (and the surprise of his family), Caleb became a Christian and a pastor as a young adult.” As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I wanted to read it. With all of the issues going on between the church, government, and LGBT community, I wanted to find a book that accurately supported the Christian viewpoint – without further hurting the relationship between Christians and LGBT’s. I was blessed to receive an advanced reader copy. Messy Grace is not just about the relationship between Christians and the gay community – it’s about how we, Christians, should love people who are different from us. It’s about how any story can be redeemed by God. It’s about messy grace & truth.

4. A Message from Jessie: The Incredible True Story of Murder and Miracles in the Heartland by Buck Blodgett. I was able to interview Buck for my own book that was published this year – I was ecstatic to learn that he had also published as well. If you are unaware of the circumstances surrounding this book, the author, Buck, lost his daughter to a violent crime. The book unveils that story, as he shares his personal experience during the most difficult time in his life, how the police caught the murderer, and how he started healing. It’s a must-read.

5. Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. I think this was my favorite non-fiction book that I’ve read this year. I’m a sucker for books about 19th century China, and this one tops them all.

I’d love to read your suggestions for my 2016 list!
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