Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Five Best Books I Read in 2017

I read many great books in 2017 and some that weren't so great.  But I wanted to take a look and see if I could narrow my list down to the top five books.  So I went back through all of my monthly lists to see what I had read throughout the year, and here are my results:
  1. Mother and Son:  The Respect Effect by Emerson Eggerichs.  A wonderful book about how mothers can build their sons up to become grounded, mature men.
  2. A Good Place to Hide by Peter Grose.  The amazing story of how one community in France saved thousands of people from the Nazis.
  3. 8 Great Smarts by Kathy Koch.  Everyone is smart in his own way, and there are eight ways in which we can be smart.  This book demonstrates these different types of "smarts" and how we can strengthen our own and our children's.
  4. The American Miracle:  Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic by Michael Medved.  This book does what its title announces, and it's a great way to learn how God worked things out for our republic.
  5. (un)Natural Mom by Hettie Brittz.  Different mothers raise their children in different ways, and God uses those differences to bring about His plans. 
Did you notice that all of my top five books are nonfiction?  I don't know if I just didn't read as much fiction this year or if the fiction books just weren't that good.  But here are two excellent fiction books that I read this year, surprisingly (or not) by the same author.

  • Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette.  A wonderful retelling of the fall of Jericho told through one of the Canaanites' point of view.
  • Where We Belong by Lynn Austin.  Two sisters travel the world in the late 1800s learning about themselves and how archaeology proves the truth of the Bible.
What were your favorite books this year?

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