What I’m Reading: Book Ideas for the Fall

What I’m Reading: Book Ideas for the Fall

Looking for a book to read this fall? For you or for your kids? I love reading. It’s basically the one and only hobby I have that has stood the test of time. I’ve been reading for fun for as long as I can remember. 

With fall in the air, there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a hot drink under a blanket and diving into a good book. Here are some recommendations in fiction, Christian life/theology, and for the kids.

Fiction Reads

The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels was a beautiful novel I read earlier this fall. While it is a Christian novel, it avoids much of the cheesiness often connected with Christian reads and instead has an intriguing plot, believable characters & is an all-around awesome read. Not to give up too much of the plot, but the novel tells the story of Robin Windsor – whose tumultuous past comes to light upon receiving a series of classic books from an anonymous sender. Bonus, the poetry in this book is beautiful!

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore
Beth Moore is one of my favourite public figures, and while her novel isn’t brand-spanking new, it is a good one! While this one definitely has overtly Christian themes, it is beautifully written, has an amazing plot, and is good food for the mind and soul. I loved reading this novel. It’s the story of a young woman with a messy family, a beautiful mentor, and a supposed curse – and what’s truly behind it. I highly recommend this book.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
With the new movie rendition coming out on Christmas Day, what a time to reread this classic. I love this book – I have always loved it, will always love it, and will recommend it to anyone looking for a cozy, wholesome, classic read. If you’ve never read it, don’t be intimidated by its size – it’s well worth it!

The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor
If you are into a little bit of fantasy, you will love this novel. I have to admit – it’s not typically my style. Stories that involve fairies are usually ones I steer away from – but I bought this book on a Kindle sale, and I was hooked. As in, couldn’t put it down for a minute, hooked. This lovely story about a girl who inherits a used bookshop, and discovers the story of two children who spotted fairies nearly 100 years previous, is enchanting, a great escape, and a read you’ll want to cozy up with on fall evenings.

Shades of Light by Sharon Garlough Brown
I received a pre-release copy of this novel during the summer months, and let me tell you – if you’ve ever struggled with depression, mental illness or have a loved one who has – you need to read this novel. Brown has crafted a beautiful, painful and moving fictional account of what it is actually like to live with mental illness – and the light that manages to shine through.

Christian Living/Theology

The Radiant Midnight by Melissa Maimone
Fall is a hard time of year for many people – as we transition into shorter days, longer evenings, cooler weather & the excitement of summer has passed away. For some of us, it’s harder than we let on – and many of us face dark seasons of life – darker than we would even say. Melissa’s book of essays on facing darkness, depression and hard times – and the lessons we can learn from them – is moving and eloquent. You should read this.

The Common Rule by Justin Earley
The subtitle of this book is “habits of purpose for an age of distraction” – and if that doesn’t resonate with you, you must live in a different world than me. Justin Earley walks through a “rule of life” for modern-day living, with daily, weekly and monthly habits to implement. This book is equal parts practical and theological – it’s an easy read, but it will hit you right where it hurts. Highly recommend!

The 4 Habits of Joy-Filled Marriages by Marcus Warner & Chris Coursey
I don’t typically recommend marriage books, but this one is AMAZING. It’s a fairly quick read and walks through 4 habits that will bring more joy to your marriage. The habits the author shares are backed up with brain science and common sense, and actually work.

Eternity is Now in Session by John Ortberg
I love everything John Ortberg writes (literally, everything), and his newest release is no exception! I read this book in the spring, and it was beautiful. His mix of humour and story mixed with profound theology makes this book easy to read, yet you’ll find yourself reading the pages over and over – as he talks clearly about what Jesus taught about salvation and eternity.

Simply Spirit-Filled by Andrew Gabriel
I can’t say enough good things about this book! What a great read on the Holy Spirit, the way it works in our world and in the church today. This book is simple, straight-forward and approachable, but teaches some serious theology!

Kids’ Reads

M is for Mom by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle & Chris Ellison
Confession – I scored this book at a local thrift shop for 10 cents. I’m SO glad I did! It is introduced as a ‘child’s alphabet’ and walks through all kinds of words to do with family, love and parenting – with beautiful rhyming tidbits that go along with it. There are also great side panels with questions and bonus info if you were reading this with older kids (or even to keep the adults engaged!). Also, the illustrations are gorgeous!

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
If you don’t have this book in your library, you are missing out. This story makes me teary-eyed almost every single time, and Levi is starting to fill in the words which is adorable. This story of a racoon heading to school for the first time is perfect for this time of year and will reassure little ones and parents alike!

God Made Me & You by Shai Linne
It is never too early to start teaching our kids about diversity – and this book is a beautiful way to do it! The rhyming text and bright illustrations are a great way to introduce God’s plan for creation, His design of diversity, and His desire for us to treat all people equally. I’ll be honest, this book is a tad bit advanced for Levi, but he loves the pictures and the story – so we roll with it!

Quinn’s Promise Rock by Christie Thomas
I love Christie’s writing, and this beautiful book about a little owl who learns about God’s promises is great for your kids! The illustrations are gorgeous, the story is lovely, and it addresses real fears kids may have. It’s great for this time of year with so many changes in kids’ lives!

Conquering Fear Devotional by Yours Truly šŸ™‚
You know I had to put a plug on this list for my own book right!? Seriously, I have heard so much great feedback from those of you who have bought this devotional and are working through it with your families. If you’re looking for a way to kickstart the devotional life of the kids in your life this fall, why not consider this!?

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