Almost Made It! (Book List for 2019)

For several years now I purpose to try and read 52 books in the new year.  Being a slow reader and a busy mama, I usually only hit around 35 or so.  This last year I actually hit 48…or is it 49, since I read one of these volumes twice? 🤔

Either way, I always have a lot of fun shooting for that elusive number 52.  So without further prattling, I present to you my 2019 reading list.  (I’ve marked my top 10 faves in red.)

1.)  Drawing Near by John Bevere

2.)  Romans 1-7 For You by Timothy Keller  (The Bible For You series is an excellent resource for study and it doesn’t get any better than Tim Keller!)

3.)  It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst

4.)  Secret Slave by Anna Ruston

5.)  Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne. (I absolutely love Larry Osborne!  His style is so down to earth and approachable, yet he is incredibly insightful and gives you a lot to chew on.  Every Christian should read this one!)

6.)  Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty. (Caitlin Doughty is engaging and witty on a topic that is fascinating, if not a bit morbid.  If, like me, you are morbidly inclined, her YouTube channel is amazing!)

7.)  Sticky Church by Larry Osborne

8.)  Jesus Revolution by Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn

9.)  Philippians For You by Steven J. Lawson

10.)  Generational I.Q. by Haydn Shaw (Fascinating perspective of generational differences with practical ways to communicate better with other generations.)

11.)  Jennifer by Dee Henderson

12.)  Romans For You 8-16 by Timothy Keller

13.)  Purgatory Road by Samuel Parker

14.)  Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin  (This one I read twice. I highly recommend it!)

15.)  Defining Deception by Costi W. Hinn and Anthony G. Wood

16.)  The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (New favorite author! I can see why her books have been so wildly popular for so long!  A very fun and relaxing read!)

17.)  Speaking of Jesus by Carl Medearis  (I found this to be an engaging and practical reminder of how simple the gospel is.  It’s Jesus.)

18.)  Living on the Edge by Chip Ingram

19.)  The Shattering by Jessica Smith  (This is a thought provoking story of this young woman’s experience with the world of Eastern Mysticism, Yoga, and the demonic realm.  Jessica is an acquaintance of mine and is a lovely, sane wife and mother.  It’s a book I would be skeptical of if I didn’t know her personally so it gave me a lot to ponder.)

20.)  The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon by Moira Greyland

21.)  Thriving in Babylon by Larry Osborne  (This was definitely Mr. Osborne’s year in my lineup.  Again, this is one I would recommend that all Christians read, especially at this time in our culture.  It’s so full of hope…a definite antidote to the usual gloom and doom I hear!)

22.)  Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne

23.)  The Peace Maker by Ken Sande

24.)  Blessed Are the Misfits by Brandt Hansen  (Another new favorite, Brandt Hansen has a dry and witty way of engaging the reader and leading them into some deep and thought provoking questions.)

25.)  5 Minute Devotionals For the Homeschool Mom by Tina Nahid

26.)  How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. (I can see why it’s a classic.  This is filled with common sense, promoting courtesy and an others-focused mindset.  It should be taught as a mandatory course in all US high schools!)

27.)  Moments of Grace by Tina Nahid

28.)  Colossians and Philemon For You by Mark Meynell

29.)  Captivate: The Science of Succeeding With People by Vanessa Van Edwards

30.)  The Girl Behind the Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker

31.)  Unoffendable by Brandt Hansen  (A much needed message in our culture of offense.  I will definitely be reading again, probably with my teens.)

32.)  The Shining by Stephen King

33.)  Before You Open Your Bible by Matt Smethurst

34.)  Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? By Caitlin Doughty

35.)  The Jesus Scandals by David Instone-Brewer

36.)  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

37.)  When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom From Toxic People by Gary Thomas

38.)  Brain Rules by John Medina

39.)  Have No Fear by John C. Lennox

40.)  James For You by Sam Allberry

41.)  Be Mature by Warren W. Wiersbe

42.)  The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

43.)  Hounded by Anita Klumpers. (After a year of mostly non-fiction and academic fare, I kicked off my holiday season with this delightful story written by one of my dear cyber friends, Anita.  I love her wit and her prodigious vocabulary…I can just hear her ‘writer voice’ in every page.  Her characters and stories are the kind that stick with you as you go about your day and this was the perfect start to my holiday break!)

44.)  Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carlson

45.)  Silent Stars of Bethlehem by Laura Hodges Poole

46.)  Clear As Ice by Penelope Marzee

47.)  Love Does by Bob Goff

48.)  Restoration Year by John Eldredge. (One of the best devotional books I’ve ever read!  I love how John Eldredge focuses on our eternal hope as a way to find our peace, rest, and ultimately, effectiveness in the here and now.)

Do you read 52 books in the year? (or more, as some of my speed-reading friends do!). Do you keep track of what you read?  I would love to hear it in the comments…and please take a moment to share a favorite title or two.  Book lovers unite, yes?!  

Grace and peace,



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4 thoughts on “Almost Made It! (Book List for 2019)

  1. I’m so glad you discovered Agatha Christie! She is one of my favorite writers and I’ve read all her books multiple times. And am still surprised by the outcome! And I’m glad you liked Hounded. Thank you. I do too so it is gratifying to hear there are others. I think it’s time for you to write your own book….
    Since I know I read wayyyyy too much fiction, I’m taking note of some of your top choices in non-fiction. Except the morbid one. Nope. I’m adding Larry Osborne to my list, and I’m going to try the Jen Wilkins book. Thanks for the list and the comments on some of them. I LOVE LISTS! And comments.

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    • I think you’ll really like Larry Osborne. He always gives me a lot to think about yet he’s an ‘easy’ read. 🙂 As for me writing my own book…I’ve been seriously considering it, but I’ll likely wait to wade into those waters until the kids are done with homeschooling. (Which may be the end of this year! Yikes!) I’d love to know more about your writing group and pick your brain about writing/publishing. I probably have a billion questions! 😀


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