I think I missed out on doing this post last year! But there are LOTS of years and LOTS of books to look back over from allll the years I’ve been blogging!
This year I definitely did not read as much as I would have liked to! One of my goals in 2023 is to read more, I’m still working on the specifics!
In looking back over my list, it appears that this was the year of Charles Martin. My friend Denise got me hooked on his books and they are so good! Good, clean fiction – which is so hard to come by these days!
What good books did you read in 2022? Tell me in the comments!
BOOKS I READ IN 2022
Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin – Such an intricate, heart wrenching story full of loss and heartbreak and forgiveness. There are several twists and turns that I did not see coming!
Water from my Heart by Charles Martin – Another intricate story line – but once you get into his stories they are just SO good!
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday – God knew I needed to pick this book up at this time! This is not written from a Christian standpoint, but the verse kept coming to mind as I read it, “What you meant for evil, God will use for good.” Every trial, every obstacle, every struggle that seems to be in our way actually BECOMES the way…it leads to our growth and becoming who we were meant to be all along! So great for those in leadership. This book will make you see your problems differently.
Unoffendable by Brant Hansen – If you want to be challenged in your faith, read this book. This is one of the most challenging books I’ve read – challenging as in humbling. I think we often feel entitled to our anger, our bitterness, our offendedness. Everything in this book may not sit well with you – and that’s ok. Maybe it’s even good!
The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston – This book is practical for helping us learn to PRACTICE hope!
Long Way Gone by Charles Martin – Another tear jerker story from this author. I’ve honestly loved everything I’ve read from him!
The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson – same author as Victory Over Darkness – I think I liked the Victory book better, but this one was good too! Learning that we CAN break free is huge!
Unwritten by Charles Martin – Such good, meaty fiction!
Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin – so good!
Rivals (American Royals 3) by Katharine McGee – more of a light, fluffy, faster fiction read
The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin – So good – another WW2 historical fiction book
Strengths Leadership by Don Clifton – This book suggests that we should focus more on our strengths rather than our weaknesses – which I don’t think a lot of us do! This wasn’t my favorite leadership book, but it was ok.
Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers – I LOVE Francine Rivers! This is a Biblical/historical fiction book written about 5 women from the Bible who are in the lineage of Christ! I loved this book so much!
The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers – this was a fiction book, not Biblical stories, but just straight, clean fiction.
Hero on a Mission by Donald Miller – If you need a kick in the pants to set some goals and live the life you really dream of, this book is for you! This book is not written from a Christian standpoint, but I had no problems applying his points to my Biblical worldview.
Emmanuel by Ruth Simmons – this is the Advent devotional we read this year – mark it on your calendar next November to pull it out! It was so good!
Amy Snow by Tracy Rees – more clean fiction! Yay! I loved this story so much! It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and had many surprising moments!
Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop – if you’re grieving (any kind of loss, not just death,) this book will encourage you in the Biblical practice of lament! It’s really good.