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  • The Best 8 Books I Read in 2015

    This is my annual tradition: to read books then share the ones I especially enjoyed. I have a few this year that were especially influential and wonderful.

    Prayer by Tim Keller. This book changed how I pray, study Scripture, and approach God. I HIGHLY recommend this book if you have an interest in spirituality and are looking for ways to deepen your connection to God.

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I should have written an entire review of this book. I had NO idea about many of the concepts of science and medicine that this book explored through a very personal lens of a family affected by research.

    The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. I was wandering the aisles of Goodwill hoping to find this book and then I did, and was thrilled. The book was engaging and suspenseful. 

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. What an imaginitive and adventuresome book. You maybe read this in middle school, but it's worth taking another look at, or if you have kids, reading it out loud to them. Their imaginations will run wild.

    The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. Another children's book, but if you've kept up with my annual lists, this shouldn't surprise you. The story explored the life of a girl being raised in foster care. It was funny, honest, and sobering exploring how our choices change our lives. Such a good book!

    I Am a Church Member by Thom S. Rainer. Jason and I read this book so we could become church members. We didn't know what to expect going in, but if you're committed to your church or want to be, this is worth your time! It's a different look at how to approach church.

    The Cure by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, Bill Thrall. I wrote an entire review about the book here. It's too much to cover here. 

    Come Be My Light by Mother Teresa. I also wrote an entire book review here. 

    What are your best book recommendations? Did you read any of these?