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  • READ: January Books
  • Katie Lewis
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READ: January Books

READ: January Books

If I had a spare hour in my day, I'd absolutely spend it reading. I love a good novel full of impeccably written characters, a beautiful memoir, and a solid theological book, all. This year I'd love to read thirty books if time allows. 

Read this month: 

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, by Francis Chan // 

Gosh, anyone else grow up in a church that hardly ever mentioned the Holy Spirit? Jesus told His disciples it would be better for the Holy Spirit to be in them than it would be for Jesus to be beside them (!) and yet we walk around unaware of this incredible gift and power within us. 2017 is the year of pursuing the Holy Spirit for me, and this book was a simple and approachable way to begin that pursuit. I left with a list of verses to dig into regarding the Holy Spirit + a heart craving more knowledge and intimacy, and I think that's a good place to begin. I'd recommend this book, but would also love some follow up from other resources. 

The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh //

Mmm, I love a good novel and this one did not disappoint. It read more like the memoir of someone growing up in the foster care system, and I didn't want it to end. Beautifully written, lovely characters, and full of real truths about what orphans may face even in today's America. I wish I'd read it a little slower. Recommend for sure.  

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir, by Rachel Lloyd // 

This book was emotionally heavy and incredibly informative. Every chapter was packed full of facts regarding a different aspect of sex trafficking (the girls, the pimps, the cops, why women don't run away, etc), and I constantly found myself full of every emotion: anger at our broken system/world, sad for these women, overwhelmed with what to do next, etc. It's a read-slowly sort of book (one chapter a night over here), but hands down the best book I could ever recommend on this subject. Packed full of info but easy to follow and understand. Beautifully written by a strong woman who came out of "the life" herself and now runs a safe place for others. Amazing story all around. Everyone needs to read this book.  

Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave//

A World War novel told from the perspective of three different people, lightly based on the author's grandparents. Not the best war book I've ever read and a little long if you ask me, but entertaining and enjoyable for sure. 

 

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel, by Harper Lee // 

Originally, I thought this book was a sequel to it's American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, but now I hear it was actually the first draft? So fascinating. The book was good, though not as good as the draft we all know and love, of course. Glad I read it but probably wouldn't recommend apart from its relationship to the classic. 

Genesis // 

In years past, I've read through the whole Bible from January- December so this year I'm trying something different-- moving at my own pace through a Reader's Bible. I've only made it through Genesis so far, but the concept of reading the Bible without verses, chapters, study notes, etc surrounding the words is challenging, eye opening, and revealing. I feel like I'm reading the words for the first time and I can't recommend this Bible enough. More on this later... 

  • Katie Lewis
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