3 New Christian Books Worth Reading

I read a lot. Despite having read 94 books in 2017, I haven’t shared any book reflections in awhile. It’s time to change that because I have 3 new Christian books to share with you – ALL of which are worth reading soon!

Whether you like memoirs, devotionals or well-written fiction, there is something here for everyone. Add these new Christian books to your reading list. You will be glad you did!

Of the over one dozen books I’ve already read in 2018, here are 3 of my new favorites.

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So Close to Amazing by KariAnne Wood

The title intrigued me because what wife and mom doesn’t struggle with feeling So Close to Amazing on a regular basis. We have days where we are checking things off our to-do list, spending good quality time with our kids and have a homemade dinner on the table. The next day, everything falls apart and we’re yelling and can’t get anything done. So Close to Amazing indeed.

I really appreciated KariAnne’s honesty throughout So Close to Amazing. She is the mom of four children, who can’t cook, and is a self-taught DIY expert. KariAnne shares lots of stories (particularly of remodeling their current house) and how she learned that perfection is overemphasized and overrated.

Her writing style is easy to read and you instantly feel like you know her. It’s easy to relate to all her stories because even if we don’t DIY (and I don’t very often), we all struggle with being whom God has created us to be. I loved her little “Total Aside” moments, the DIY projects she included and the life lesson in each chapter.

So Close to Amazing is an encouraging memoir for every woman who feels amazing is out of her grasp. This book is about grace and learning from mistakes and rejoicing in every victory, no matter how small. 

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

Have you read anything by Francine Rivers? If you love Christian fiction, add her to your reading list! Her historical fiction book, Redeeming Love, which tells the story of Hosea and Gomer in pioneer times, is one of my all time favorite books.

When I saw that she was coming out with a new book, I was very eager to read it. As soon The Masterpiece arrived, I spent two late nights enthralled with this new book.

 The Masterpiece was not what I expected but since I didn’t know much about it, other than that I love the author, that isn’t a negative review. This book surprised me and captivated me from beginning to end.

The Masterpiece is about successful LA artist, Roman Velasco, who appears to have everything he could possibly want. Yet, inside, he is struggling with the abandonment of his mother and growing up in foster care and many issues from his past.

Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, begins working with Roman and attempts to stay aloof as she deals with a great deal of baggage in her own past. She is a single mother, dealing with the early death of her parents and the abandonment of her ex-husband, wondering if she is really worthy of love.

The Masterpiece includes chapters written from Roman and Grace perspective’s at early ages and each one of those chapters sheds a light on their story. Through some challenging circumstances, they begin to learn how God is using them for His purpose.

As the back cover summarized so perfectly, “This unexpected and redemptive love story, reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.” It is why I love reading Francine River’s books.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Your God is Too Glorious by Chad Bird

This book, Your God is Too Glorious, is the most thought-provoking, faith-filled book that I have read in a long time. Written from a conservative Christian (Lutheran) perspective, I appreciated Chad’s bluntness. His writing style is brilliant and easy to read. I don’t know the last time I have highlighted as much in a book as I did this one!

Your God is Too Glorious: Find God in the Most Unexpected Places is a faith-filled book that challenges our thinking. It reminds us that God is not too high and lofty to be seen with sinners. He loves the ordinary. He loves the mundane.

One of my favorite quotes (and it was hard to choose just one) of the book says this. “To lead a quiet life doesn’t mean that you lower your expectations as much as you lower your gaze. Instead of looking up to the next accomplishment, the next rung on the ladder, you look down at the daily life you live, the children God has given you, the spouse by your side, your aging parents, your dear friends, the poor and needy – all those “little things” you miss when you’re always looking up to the “next big thing” in your life.”

Your God is Too Glorious is part memoir and part devotional, and I firmly believe that Chad’s openness and honesty will touch your heart just as it did mine. Filled with Scripture and stories, this is a book that will show you over and over again how God is using the plain and ordinary for great things. 

Your God is Too Glorious is a book to add to the top of your reading list for sure!

These are three of my favorite new release books. It’s rare for me to find so many that impact me as much as these did, so when I do, I have to share! Have you read any books recently that you would recommend to me?

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  1. Hi Kristen, First, I want to thank you for the amazing work on “Oh, the places you’ll go”! My husband and I took turns writing in the book for our granddaughter. It turned out so cute. AND she loved it!
    Now, I have a request; we live in a christian Retirement center. We have a great library, BUT, no audio books for our people who can no longer see to read. I have talked to everybody about this, to no avail. And today I read your info about audio books for children. I can not find any info about free or cheap audio books for Christian fiction or whatever. Can you give me some info that will guide me. ? Please!
    Love your blog, even tho I am older than dirt! Hugs, Sue Shatswell, [email protected]

    1. Oh, Sue! I love that you and your husband wrote in the book for your granddaughter together. That is going to be a priceless treasure for her! As for cheap audio books for adults, I have a post on that as well here – https://joyfullythriving.com/how-to-get-free-or-cheap-audible-books/. Perhaps you could also ask your retirement center to purchase an Audible subscription or two for the center? Then, with the Audible app, you could take turns listening. Other than that, there are a couple websites that have free audio books available for anyone such as http://www.librivox.com. I also love using the Overdrive or Hoopla app through our public library, where you can get free audio books without going to the library! I hope that helps give you some new ideas to pursue. I agree that it would be a blessing to your retirement community to have audio books available, so I truly hope this helps!

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