August 29, 2016

5 books on my future reading list


I'm not a huge fan of rap music and I haven't heard a lot of Lacrae's music, but the few songs I have, I've really liked.

His story is what I really am curious about. He sounds like a young man who desires to live for God no matter the cost, and that is so rare in the music industry today.

Goodreads says of his book here:

"Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft. The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be a Christian in a secular age.

This is the story of one man's journey to faith and freedom.


I love the way Jesus reveals the truth about Himself through parables and gets us thinking and completely dependent on Him for understanding.

This book sounds so interesting!

I'm looking forward to reading it soon.

Amazon describes this book here:

"Jesus was a master storyteller, and the parables He told were ingeniously simple word pictures with profound spiritual lessons. 

Understanding the parables is a crucial matter for followers of Jesus. Jesus told parables so His people might comprehend His message about the kingdom of God clearly.

In Parables he helps Christians understand the essential lessons contained in the most famous and influential short stories the world has ever known."

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

This is considered an American classic, about a young girl growing up at the turn of the century, in Brooklyn, New York. I love reading classic novels and hoping to enjoy this one.

Goodreads says of it here:

"Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. 

The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. 

By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness -- in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience."

The Magnolia Story

Fixer Upper is my favorite TV show. And it's one of the rare ones my husband and I enjoy together.

Chip and Joanna are funny and loving, and make beautiful things for their clients.

They also have four children that are a part of the show. So adorable!

I'm not sure if they share their faith in this particular book, but I hope they do!

Amazon says of the book here:

"The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. 

From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today."

God's Pursuit of Man 

Tozer's 'The Pursuit of God' is one of my all-time favorites, and I just started reading the prequel, 'God's Pursuit of Man.'

Tozer's books always steer me towards the Lord and away from myself. He says here of good books:

"The function of a good book is to stand like a signpost directing the reader toward the Truth and the Life."

Tozer's books do just that.

Heres what's on the back cover of this book:

"Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side (it is) a conquest of the Most High God." - A.W. Tozer

With words like these, Tozer shakes the soul. He crumbles the lies we believe and calls us to the more sure way.

In these pages, Tozer explains what it means to be truly saved. It is not merely to assent to Jesus and go on our same old way, but to be conquered by the Almighty God and invaded by His Spirit. A saved person is a transformed person. Let Tozer upend you in this moving prequel to The Pursuit of God. And being upended, may you be found standing upright in an upside-down world."


  1. Ooooh, I havne't read any of these books either, but they do look very interesting and good reads. I have read bits and pieces of Tozer, but not the whole book. Thanks for sharing and giving me some new books to put on my to-read lists. Your neighbor at #LMM

    1. I'm excited to start them all! You should definitely read more good! Thanks for stopping by Debbie. : )

  2. I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn a while back and loved it. I've just started watching Fixer Upper recently and really enjoy it - would love to read more of their story. I've read a couple of Tozer books, but not that one.

    1. Good to know you loved 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!' I've got Chip and Joanna's book ordered at the library and looking forward to reading their story too.

      Thanks for stopping by Barbara!

  3. I’ve been interested in LeCrae’s book too. Sounds good. It’s been awhile since I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn but I remember liking it. Tozer is always a favorite!

    1. I'd never heard of LeCrae until my daughter played one of his songs in the car and, though I'm not a rap fan, the lyrics were so profound and biblical I just loved it, so looking forward to his story!

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa. : )

  4. Im intrigued by these books. I think I am going to have to check some of them out. Blessed to be your neighbor at Three Word Wednesday this week.

    1. If you check them out I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by Tara. : )

  5. Fixer Upper is fabulous! All these books sound intriguing. Will you pay a follow up of what you thought?

    Visiting from three word Wednesday.

    1. Hi Katie, if a book moves me I will definitely follow-up with a post with my thoughts.

      Thanks for stopping by. : )

  6. John MacArthur and A.W.Tozer! You've been swimming in some truth-filled waters!

    1. Looking forward to reading them both! Thanks for stopping by Michele. : )

  7. It has been a very long time since I have read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". It might be time to read it and see it from an adult perspective :)

    1. I've never read it before so excited to start it soon. Hope you enjoy it the second time around! Thanks for stopping by Joanne. : )

  8. This looks like a wonderful list of books! You can never go wrong with John MacArthur and A.W. Tozer.

    I don't really know anything about LeCrae. Very interesting.

    I only just started reading the classics. I am currently reading Sense and Sensibility. In my senior year of high school, I worked in the high school text book disbursement area and I remember the stacks and stacks of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, but I have never read it!

    Enjoy your time in these wonderful books!

    1. I love all of Jane Austen's novels. I'm thinking about re-reading 'Pride and Prejudice' soon, it's my favorite. Hope you enjoy 'Sense and Sensibility.'

      Thanks for stopping by Karen!

  9. Wow! I admit, I sure could use the help by reading these!

    1. Hope you can read some of them! Thanks for stopping by Heidi. : )

  10. It's nice to see you at Booknificent Thursday again! I've missed you!

  11. My daughter likes Lacrae - I'll have to get his book for her to read. Thanks for linking up with Grace and Truth.

    1. Hoping it's good! Thanks for stopping by Aimee. : )


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