Okay, It wil be another hour and a half til it's technically Friday. I thought, heck, risk a little, get startled early. Better early than late, right?

So here's what I want to know. If you could recommend one book for me to read what would it be. The Bible is too obvious. I already am reading it :) I want book titles, please! It could be about anything: relational, finances, novel, biography, parenting, cooking, etc.

The only limit is this. You can't use a title that somebody has already listed. Okay, go!

And if you just CAN'T list one, then list more than one. Don't let the idea of just one book bog you down!


Anonymous said…
Hey Jennifer- A regular blurker here. :) I love your book idea and will be interested to see what others recommend! There are tons that I love, but I narrowed it down to 2 that I thought may be fun summer reading. :) "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers and "The Heavenly Man" (I don't remember the author...). The first one is fiction- based on the book of Hosea and the second is a true story- both will keep you reading and are good stories (or at least I thought so...heehee)! Happy reading! ~your friendly blurker :)
Michelle said…
Just one? Ha!

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
March by Geraldine Brooks
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald Sider
The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Just off the top of my head. I'm eager to see what other people recommend.
Reaghan said…
Christianity for Modern Pagans (Pascal's Pensee's Edited Outlined and Explained) by Peter Kreeft
i LOVE this book! i had to read it this year for lit. and it has change my look on so many different things!
Ashleigh said…
OK, so I haven't had time for a lot of reading lately. But I thought fiction-wise, that Peace Like a River (I can't remember the author) was very good. Biography, Keith Green's No Compromise written by Melody Green is very good. I've read it twice, but not for several years. If I think of any others, I'll let you know.
Anonymous said…
Well, it might seem strange to leave comment on your blog, baby, but in the spirit of being supportive and besides any chance I get to talk about books (even in the strange situation of having an electronic correspondance with my wife as you sit next to me - oh the modern age! - and simultaneously knowing she knows my favorite books and bought many of them for me in antique print...this parenthetical has outlived its purpose and welcome. I feel like i'm having a conversation with you for the sake of eavesdroppers and blurkers) so be it.

Novels: Perelandra, Til We Have Faces, CSLewis; Flight of Peter Fromm, Martin Gardner; Father Elijah, Michael D. O'Brien; Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco; Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy (especially the audio recording narrated by Stephen Fry); Crime and Punishment and Brothers Karamazov, by Dostoevsky; Cities of the Plain, Cormac McCarthy; Paradise Lost, Milton; Don Quixote, Cervantes......

Non-Fic: Lost in the Cosmos, Walker Percy; My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell; Fear and Trembling and Attack upon Christendom, by Soren Kierkegaard; Experiment in Criticism, Studies in Words, CSLewis; Little Exercise for Young Theologians and Nihilism, by Helmut Thielicke; Table Talk by Martin Luther; With or Against the World: America's Role Among the Nations, James W. Skillen; Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning, Owen Barfield; Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, John Frame; Symphoinic Theology, Vern S. Poythress; Confessions of an Economic Hitman, John Perkins; Church History in Plain Language, Bruce Shelley; Anything by Herman Bavinck...

Enough? Never! But good for now. I love you and I love your blog, baby. I check it before my email every day.
Katybeth said…
Mimosa by Amy Carmichael.

It's a little tiny old book-- I don't even know if it's in print anymore, but read it if you can find it...

Love you girl!
Anonymous said…
Hi Jenn!
There are so many I like but one of my favorites, and auntie loved it also is -A peep behind the scenes(lamplighter). Also I really enjoyed these spiritual books- The pursuit of holiness by Jerry Bridges and Life as a vapor( very good) by John piper. I love you! Also I love Rover random hee hee:] Oh, mike, I loved reading all the books you liked! -em
Judy said…
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison... I was going to say Life of Pi but Michelle beat me to it. :)

Oh, & definitely the memoir Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.

But I think one of my most favorite books of all time has to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
Anonymous said…
As a bit of a literature fiend if I get started with the listing I might not stop (though Michelle did pick some I would have listed!), so I'll pick two novels:
from yesteryear - Silas Marner, George Eliot (or anything else she wrote)
from right now - My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult (could not put it down)
Kate Van said…
Hi Jen, great idea for a post! I want to copy down several books. One of my favorite books is by Elizabeth Elliot titled 'A Chance to Die' written about the life of Amy Carmicheal.
Bethany said…
I can't pick just one
LiAnn said…
Jenn...I'm reading a book on nutrition that makes me think of you every time I pick it up. It's called Superimmunity for Kids- What to Feed Your Children to Keep Them Healthy Now- and Prevent Disease in Their Future- by Leo Galland, M.D. Also I'm reading (with SOME know how it goes juggling the books in short quiet moments of the day?!) Ginger Plowman's "Don't Make Me Count to Three" (for no reason!) and Elyse Fitzpatrick's A Steadfast Heart...and I'm hoping to start her Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety.

Wendy said…
I will second the super immunity book.

I also have started Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart by?

Twelve Extraordinary Women - John Macdonald

Drop Shot - Harlan Coben

Girl Talk by Mahaney girls

Great question girl!!
Anonymous said…
Many have been mentioned that I love (especially by your husband), but the two books that changed my life to date are these:

Fear and Trembling by Soren Kirkegaard (previously mentioned by Mike)


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

One revolutionized the way I look at faith, the other gave me an awareness of the poor and downtrodden. Basically, two of the three most essential elements to a relationship with God.
Anonymous said…
Hi Jenn,

Hope this comes thru OK> Thanks for the instructions. I had clicked on it before but nothing came up. I was reading the comments and I have just finished "The Heavenly Man'. It's an awesome book about a Chinese pastor and his persecution in prison for many years. The other book I would reccomend is "If God is so Good, Why Do I Feel So Bad?". It's about loss and is excellent. I accidently left it on the plane to Boston and feel the Lord must have wanted to use it in somesone's life.

Love you Guys, Auntie Barb
Anonymous said…
"Pleasing People: How Not to be an Approval Junkie" by Lou Priolo. I couldn't even get through the first chapter without major conviction...AWESOME book. Be warned (or encouraged!)- if you choose to read it, get ready for some serious sanctification!
Anonymous said…
Hey Jen...ok, here's a shot for a few good reads both practical and inspirational.

on the practical side:

Created to be a Helpmeet--Michael and Debi Pearl

To Train up a Child--same as above

(you can find these on for free newsletters, too.)

inspirational: Great With Child--Beth Ann Fennelly

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