The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway
For the Love - Jen Hatmaker
Looking for Lovely - Annie Downs
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
It's Simply Tuesday - Emily P. Freeman
The Natty Professor - Tim Gunn
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion - Sara Miles
The Same Sky - Amanda Eyre Ward
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander


Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement - Michael Frost
On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City - Alice Goffman
Simply Tuesday: Small Moment Living in a Fast Moving World - Emily P. Freeman 
Etta and Otto and Russel and James - Emma Hooper
The Road to Becoming: Rediscovering Your Life in the Not-How-I-Planned-It Moments - Jenny Simmons
Wild in the Hollow - Amber C. Haines
Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem - Jillian Lauren
The Long and Faraway Gone - Lou Berney
Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons From A Small-Town Obituary Writer - Heather Lende
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
Everything You Ever Wanted: A Memoir by Jillian Lauren
A Long Way Home: A Memoir - Saroo Brierley
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America - Linda Tirado
Death by Living - N. D. Wilson
Counting By 7's - Holly Sloan
Flunking Sainthood - Jana Riess
The Vacationers - Emma Straub
Never Say No: Raising Big Picture Kids - Mark Foreman 
Scary Close - Donald Miller
Have a New Kid by Friday - Kevin Leman
Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders - Chris Hoke
Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
Looking for Alaska - John Green
The Beautiful Daughters - Nicole Baart
Ruby Holler - Sharon Creech
They Like Jesus But Not The Church - Dan Kimball
Dirty Faith: Bringing the Love of Christ to the Least of These - David Nowell


Burning Down The House: The End of Juvenile Prison - Nell Bernstein
The Way Life Should Be -  Christina Baker Kline
City of God: Faith in the Streets - Sara Miles
Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus - Smith and Pattison
Notes From a Blue Bike - Tsh Oxenreider
Out of the Frying Pan: A Chef's Memoir of Hot Kitchens, Single Motherhood, and the Family Meal - Gillian Clark
Bloom - Finding Beauty in the Unexpected (A Memoir) - Kelle Hampton
A Year and Six Seconds - A Love Story - Isabel Gillies
Promises Kept - Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life - Brewster, Stephenson
These Is My Words - Nancy E. Turner
The Memoir Project - Marion Roach Smith
Freefall to Fly - Rebekah Lyons
Love Does - Bob Goff
Atlas Girl - Emily Wierenga
The Weird Sisters - Eleanor Brown
The Cost of Discipleship - Bonhoeffer
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
The Nesting Place - Myquillyn Smith
Surprised By Motherhood - Lisa-Jo Baker
To The End of June - Cris Beam
A Million Little Ways - Emily P. Freeman
Red Letter Revolution - Claiborne and Campolo
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra
There is No Me Without You - Melissa Fay Greene
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes - Shauna Niequist
Humans of New York - Brandon Stanton
Another Place at the Table - Kathy Harrison
Tell the Wolves I'm Home - Carol Rifka Brunt
One Small Boat - Kathy Harrison
Good Kings Bad Kings - Susan Nussbaum
Where'd You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple

Fave Kid Reads

A Mama for Owen - Marion Dane Bauer
How To Make A Night - Linda Ashman
I Love My Hair - Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
Candy Shop - Jan Wahl
Summer is Summer - Phillis Gershator
Calvin Can't Fly - Jennifer Berne
The Art Collector - Jan Wahl
Little Farm by the Sea - Kay Choreo


The Greatest Gift - Ann Voskamp
A Million Little Ways - Emily P. Freeman
The Cooked Seed - A Memoir - Anchee Min
Educating All God's Children - Nicole Baker Fulgham
Jesus Freak - Sara Miles
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots - Jessica Soffer
Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall - Will Ellsworth-Jones
The Screwtape Letters - C. S. Lewis
Goodbye for Now - Laurie Frankel
Ask the Passengers - A.S. King
White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story - Jenna Weber
How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance - Edelburg and Kurland
Sleeping in Eden - Nicole Baart
The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection - Michael Ruhlman
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
Addition - Toni Jordan
Tapestry of Fortunes - Elizabeth Berg
The Lonely Polygamist - Brady Udall
Theirs is the Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America - Robert D. Lupton
More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity - Jeff Shinabarger
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy - Carlos Eire
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis
Spirit Rising - Jim Cymbala
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me - Mindy Kaling
Tattoos on the Heart - Gregory Boyle
Fatherless Generation - John Sowers
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
Falling Together - Marisa de Los Santos
A Million Miles in A Thousand Years - Donald Miller
A Homemade Year - Jerusalem Jackson Greer
Dinner: A Love Story - Jenny Rosenstrach


The Ragamuffin Gospel - Brennan Manning
The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Have A Little Faith - Mitch Albom
Chasing Silhouettes - Emily T. Wierenga
The Middle Place - Kelly Corrigan
The Taste of Salt - Martha Southgate
A Framework for Understanding Poverty - Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.
Heart of the Matter - Emily Griffin
Hold Love Strong - Matthew Aaron Goodman
Barefoot Church - Brandon Hatmaker
Interrupted - Jen Hatmaker
Once Upon A Time There Was You - Elizabeth Berg
Far From Here - Nicole Baart
The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Anything - Jennie Allen
Forgotten Country- Catherine Chung
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Sacrilege - Hugh Halter
The Irresistible Revolution - Shane Claiborne
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess - Jen Hatmaker
Bossypants - Tina Fey
Next to Love - Ellen Feldman
A Sweethaven Summer - Courtney Walsh
Evolving in Monkeytown - Rachel Held Evans
Secondhand Heart - Catherine Ryan Hyde

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  1. Love the new website Shannon but I miss all the other blogger comments, they too often shared some great wisdom!

  2. Did we ever talk about Fault? I've got some reading to do.

  3. So I have fallen in love with Janet Gillespie. She's old school. I started with Bedlam in the Backseat, then I moved onto A Joyful Noise, and now I'm working on With A Merry Heart. I HIGHLY recommend her.

  4. Well, now can never say I'm not sure what to read next :)

  5. If our reading lists were a Venn Diagram, we would have several in the overlap section, and many of your list that I want to add to mine! To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time.

  6. I should have known you were a book girl ;) I was just telling Kirby and Sherry about Another Place at the Table. I read that last year and it ripped my heart to shreds.

    1. My phone does weird things with blogger comments. Anyway, I'd love to discuss all the books we have in common for hours. I have a list of my most recent favorites on the right side of my blog.