The Bible | I didn’t know where to start, so I read the entire thing from cover to cover in 2011. It started as a way for me to understand my faith and God’s plan and ended as the most influential and important thing I’ve ever done for myself. God has used it to teach me about himself and teach me about me. Every time I pick it up, whether I’m reading a verse or an entire book, I learn something new or see the lesson differently than I have before. I love that the Bible isn’t required to be read in order and that it has stories within the bigger story. Recently, I’ve started journaling in my bible and I love it so much and it makes me think of God’s teachings in a more relatable way for me. If you’ve never heard of it, you should click here! My favorite books are Ecclesiastes and Ephesians. If I had to give up every other book for this one, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
Calm My Anxious Heart | This book and the notes I have taken from it, have come in very handy throughout the last couple of years. My whole life, I’ve been one to worry about what’s going to happen next week, next month and next year and this book has really helped me to put those fears aside and let God have time and space to be less controlling of my life.
Gone With The Wind | The only book I’ve ever read twice. I read this book for the first time in middle school and absolutely fell in love. Scarlett is an amazing character and I just LOVE how honest and downright ruthless she is. Last year was the 75th anniversary of the movie and you know I bought the LIFE magazine. I’ve heard some rumors that people want to stop sales of the book (and movie), so I’m hoarding as many different editions of the novel as I can get my hands on. I currently have 8 copies. Last year, I started reading Scarlett, the sequel that was written by a different author, and I’ve loved it so much that I’m only reading it a little at a time. I know that sounds ridiculous but I want the story of Scarlett and Rhett to last forever.
Harry Potter (the series) | I just love these books. In 2002 when the first book in the series was released, my Dad read it out loud to my brother and I before bed. As each book was released, we stood in line to collect each book in the series. We even went to see all of the movies together. Harry Potter made such an impact on me as far as imagination and creativity goes – I can definitely see myself re-reading these in the near future.
Jesus Calling | This isn’t really a book as much as it is a daily devotional. I love this book and have given it more often as a gift than I ever have anything else. It’s set up in a way that God is writing letters or speaking to you and it is meant to be read at the rate of just one page a day. Each day has encouragement and bible verses and I have found in my time reading it that it always seems to be what I need to hear when I need to hear it. Good stuff.
What are your all-time favorites?