Erin’s Reading List

by | January 15, 2024

I sat on the living room floor, eyes wide open, and captivated by every sentence my mom read. I can close my eyes and remember the passion and animation she spoke with while telling the story of the man who left everything to live in a jungle with tribal people, or the people who miraculously survived the dam breaking, or the family almost died in a shipwreck, or the lady who rescued little girls in India, and the list goes on and on. My heroes became those we were reading about, and my goals in life grew a little bit larger each day. It opened the door to a whole new world. A world of imagination, curiosity, faith, and sacrifice. I hated when the time ended and the bookmark had to be placed. That is where my love for books began, and I am so grateful my mom took the time to read each day. It made a lasting impact on my life. 

I could never agree with 100% of everything in a book (and that’s ok, because sometimes I didn’t even agree with myself a year ago, or maybe even yesterday!). But in this book list, you‘ wi’ll be challenged, encouraged, and hopefully strengthened in your faith. This list is a compilation of some of my favorites. 

I have included links, but of course, you can often find a better deal if you don’t mind searching a little more. 

Make time to read. You won’t regret it. 

Blessings, 

Erin


Spiritual Growth

The Book of Signs

by Dr. David Jeremiah

This book always puts my focus back on eternity. I’ve read it twice, and both times I didn’t want to put it down.

The Resilient Life

by Paul Chappell

If you are struggling with anxiety or walking through a trial, this book is a must.

Good Morning, Lord (Devotional)

by Adrian Rogers

This is the perfect one-page read to start the morning with. Pastor Rogers makes profound truths simple for anyone to understand. You will look forward to reading each day.

New Morning Mercies (Devotional)

by Paul David Tripp

This has always been a favorite devotional for me. I’ve been through it twice and I’m still challenged by it.

Trust and Obey (Devotional)

by Paul Chappell

I love this book. Paul has a great writing style and will make you ponder some deep truths.

They Found the Secret

by V. Raymond Edman

This is about some of the greatest heroes of faith. It will challenge you to give your all to the Lord and fall deeper in love with Him.

Hinds Feet on High Places

by Hannah Hurnard

This beautiful allegory tells us the steps to live in the “high places.” It is a must-read.

I Choose Peace

by Chip Ingram

This truths in this book changed my life when I was walking through a tough time. If you are in the middle of a hard season, read this.

Self Help

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

by Tony Reinke

If you struggle with being addicted to your phone (and I think most people do), you will be amazed by how Tony opens your eyes to the damage it can cause and the statistics behind it.

Atomic Habits

by James Clear

There is a reason this book has over 120,000 reviews on Amazon. I think every person should read it. You will not want to put it down. It is not written from a Christian perspective but it has so much wisdom for creating habits. Grab a notebook to start taking notes.

The Beauty of Self-Control

by J.R. Miller

This was written in the 1800’s and is still applicable today. He has the most beautiful writing style, and every Christian will be motivated by this read.

Living Without Worry

by J.R. Miller

If you find yourself worrying again and again throughout the day, then this book is for you. God did not create us to worry. Start living your life to the full potential God made you to.

Parenting

How Can I Feel Productive as a Mom?

by Esther Engelsma

This short read will make you rethink your perspective on motherhood. It is not about getting more and more done each day but about spending time well as we do our “kingdom work.”

The Gift of the Blessing

by Gary Smalley and John Trent

This is a longer read, but there are so many truths in each chapter. You will learn about the power of spoken blessing and praying a blessing over those we love. It is very thought-provoking.

Loving the Little Years

by Rachel Jankovic

I have read this little book more than once. In the thick of diapers, meals, and a lot of little ones needing attention, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but Rachel has a way of helping you laugh and see the beauty of this special time.

Parenting with Mercy

by Michelle Brock

This is a small book packed with biblical truth. It will challenge every parent.

I Can’t Believe You Just Said That

by Ginger Hubbard

This is one of my favorite parenting books. Ginger brings every situation back to the Bible, and you will love her writing style.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart

by Tedd Tripp

The title of this book says it all. I have read it over and over again and still find it just as wonderful and insightful as the first time through.

The Five Love Languages of Children

by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

If you have children, get this book. It will help you understand how to show your child love in the way that speaks to them the most.

Home-Making

by J. R. Miller

I feel like this book is mis-titled and should’ve been called “The Family.” It has a chapter on husbands, wives, siblings, and what a Christian home should look like on a daily basis. It is a five-star recommendation.

The Read-Aloud Family

by Sarah Mackenzie

If you don’t currently read out loud to your children, you will probably start after you read this book! It is worth every minute.

Mama Bear Apologetics

by Hillary Ferrer

This book will help you understand your kid’s questions and help you to point them back to the Bible. A must-have for Mamas!

Marriage

Pray Big for Your Marriage

by Will Davis

This book has changed the way I pray for my husband. It is about praying big, specific, and consistent prayers. It will challenge every marriage.

Cherish

by Gary Thomas

This has always been a top favorite for Chad and me. It is beautifully written, and if followed, it will change your marriage.

Sacred Marriage

by Gary Thomas

This is a phenomenal book about growing closer to the Lord — together.

The Five Love Languages

by Gary Chapman

Of course, this is a classic, and if you haven’t read it yet, you need to. Learn how to love your spouse in the way that means most to him. It is one that you will keep referring back to.

Love is a Decision

by Gary Smalley and John Trent

Great stories and practical tips to help you grow closer to each other through challenging and happy times.

Missionary Biographies

Evidence Not Seen

by Darlene Deibler Rose

Hands down, one of my favorite missionary stories. She has always been a hero of mine. It is a tear-jerker, for sure.

Bruchko

by Bruce Olsen

This will challenge your faith in so many new ways. You will want to read it again and again.

God’s Smuggler

by Brother Andrew

You will not want to put this down, so don’t start reading late (trust me, you will stay up to finish. I’m speaking from experience!)

Through Gates of Splendor

by Elisabeth Elliot

The story of five men who were martyred for their faith. It is chilling but will inspire you to tell others about Jesus. He is worth dying for.

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael

by Elisabeth Elliot

Amy Carmichael is someone I’ve always loved. Her story is remarkable. She was passionate about sharing the gospel — even when it was difficult. She loved people and sacrificed everything for them.

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