Growing up, I was a voracious reader, but during college, I, like most people I know, lost my joy of reading amid all the busy-ness of textbooks, research papers and late-night study sessions.

It was only a few years into my professional career that I remembered my former love…I decided to visit the library to try to rekindle the flame…and here I am a few years later, usually juggling a few books at once and always eager to read a new one!

I would love to hear your thoughts on these recommended books, as well as additional books you were personally recommend. Here’s to readers and learners everywhere!!!

NOTE: I transitioned to a Kindle Paperwhite a few years back, and I have come to absolutely love it! On last count, I have about 700 books on there – never a moment’s boredom if I have my Kindle around!

Spiritual Growth

  • The Bible (check out the Amplified version for exploration of the original Greek/Hebrew)
  • A Confident Heart (Reene Swope)
  • The Best Yes (Lysa Terkerst)
  • Practicing the Presence of God (Brother Lawrence)
  • The Pursuit of God (AW Tozer)
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel (Brennan Manning)


  • Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No (Cloud & Townsend)
  • Created to be His Helpmeet (Debbie Pearl – warning: can be very controversial and I don’t fully subscribe to all of her teachings)


  • The Gifts of Imperfection; Daring Greatly (Brene Brown)
  • Preemptive Love (Jeremy Courtney)
  • Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)

Adult Novels:

  • Redeeming Love (Francine Rivers)
  • Circle Trilogy (Ted Dekker) – have not read Green yet

Youth Novels:

  • An Old-Fashioned Girl (Louisa May Alcott)
  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile
  • Shadow Spinner
  • Mrs. Frisby & and the Rats of NIMH
  • Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Children’s Books:

  • The Flower Man: A Wordless Picture Book (see video here)
  • You are Special; Your Special Gift (Max Lucado)
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends (Silverstein)

NOTE: I will not recommend a book I have not read thoroughly


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