Books I Loved in 2010

11 Jan

I have a confession to make: I’m a serial book-hopper. I start a book, love it, and then start another before I’m finished, love it, start another…. you get the picture. I partially blame this on the number of plane rides I take. I often grab a new book when I’m about to hop on a flight. I’ll become engrossed while I’m in the air, but once I reach my destination things are usually too busy to pick it up again.  However, once in a while a book comes along that captures me and I just can’t put it down until I’m actually finished. I found several of those in the last year – here are a few of my favorites:

Radical, by David Platt
This book changed the way I read the Bible. It changed how I view the comforts of my life in the US. It challenged the way I think about my role in the Great Commission. The cover art is really appropriate, because David Platt’s words have the potential to turn your life upside down. Wow.

The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis had such a unique insight on the world in light of who Christ is. This book is a fictional collection of letters from a “wise” and seasoned demon, Screwtape, to his younger “nephew,” Wormwood. Interesting, unusual, full of “ah-ha’s” and a little dark, this book kept me up at night.

Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
This was a re-read, and it’s one of my favorite books of all time. I have read no book that provides a more articulate, logical and rational explanation of the Christian faith. A must read for anyone who has questions about Christianity, is seeking truth, or loves Jesus. And for anyone else, too. 🙂 

Just Don’t Fall, by Josh Sundquist
Engaging.
Endearing.
Authentic.
Inspiring.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Love the One You’re With, all by Emily Giffin
In the last year or so I’ve re-discovered my love of fiction. When I was a little girl I eagerly awaited the days that my dad would bring home a new book for me to read. I would tear it out of his hand and immediately curl up on the couch with it, not moving until my parents forced me to get up and eat or go play outside. Somewhere along the way in college, I started feeling guilty for reading anything that didn’t make me a “better person” for having read it. But lately I’ve once again started savoring the simple joy and escape that a good fiction book can bring. These books by Emily Giffin are no exception to that. There’s just something fun about reading about drama that’s not your own. Something Blue is the sequel to Something Borrowed. I couldn’t get enough of the life decisions and adventures of Rachel and Darcy. Love the One You’re With is a different story line with different characters, but has the same feel and writing style.

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
After reading some semi-trashy chic-lit, I made myself feel better by reading a classic. 🙂 It took me forever, because the Victorian English diction was exhausting for me to read. I usually read 1 chapter a night before falling asleep. But the extra effort and time was well worth it. It’s a classic for a reason.

Left Behind Collection, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
I’d heard all about this series for years. I was skeptical and never really had a desire to read it. But over the summer I was in a Borders in DC that was having a going out of business sale. I saw the first book on-sale for $7. Why not? I absolutely devoured the book – a fictional account (based on scripture) of the Rapture and the Tribulation period that follows. I’m currently finishing the third book and about to start the fourth. The series is long – 16 books – and I’m not sure I’ll stick it out for all of them. But for now I’m captivated.

Have you read any of these? Let me know what you thought. Also… I’m looking for books to add to my “Must Read” list of 2011. What do I need to add?

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