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My top books of 2018

I’ve read several books throughout 2018, the majority of which I honestly don’t remember, which sounds terrible, but it’s true. There are, however, those few that I’ve read throughout the year that have really stood out to me and won’t leave me any time soon. Those are the books contained in this list.

Future Grace by John Piper

I first got Future Grace around February and it took me 11 months to read it. Yeah, 11 months.
Despite appearances, Future Grace is my favorite book of 2018. Honestly, it has truly changed my life. If you’ve seen my previous post, you know what an impact it’s had on me this year and how it’s changed my thinking and living. Without repeating what was said in that last post, I will say that Future Grace is amazing and I loved in so much that I’m seriously considering re-reading it this coming year. If you haven’t read Future Grace, you might want to consider doing so, otherwise you’ll be making a rather large mistake.

Mark of the Raven by Morgan L Busse

Mark of the Raven is another book that really stood out to me this year. I must say, I haven’t been a big fan of fantasy in the past, but Morgan made me consider trying it again.
One of the major things that made Mark of the Raven stand out to me out of all the books I’ve read this year was the themes running throughout the whole story. I love books that experiment with good and evil, dark and light, and I absolutely loved the way Morgan incorporated those themes throughout this book. Honestly, it gave the book a lot of depth and made the characters so much more relateable. And I always enjoy books more when there’s something I can take away from it and when I can relate with the characters.

A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

A Voice in the Wind is one of the most raw and real and heart wrenching books I have ever read. EVER.
I got this books over the summer but didn’t actually sit down to read it until around Thanksgiving. After I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. I don’t know how to describe it; I don’t know what to say. It was a bit of a tough read, yes, because it so perfectly demonstrated the depth of human depravity, but that’s not all. Francine fantastically contrasted the depravity of humankind with the light and life that comes with knowing Jesus as Savior. She didn’t shy away from tough subjects and showed that even Christians are human and sinful and flawed.
Because of all of these things, A Voice in the Wind has become one of my favorite books of 2018 and don’t think I’ll be able to forget it soon.

A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

I was not expecting to walk away from reading A Bound Heart encouraged, strengthened, and challenged in my faith, but that is exactly what happened.
The first thing about this beauty that captivated me was the lush imagery that Ms. Frantz used. Oh. My. Gosh. I felt as though I was being transported to Scotland and again to Virginia along with Lark. It was amazing. Honestly, I haven’t read any other book with such colorful and vibrant descriptions. The other aspect of A Bound Heart that really stood out to me was how realistic the characters were. I could so relate to both Lark and Mangus and, to be honest, they challenged me in my faith and thinking just like any “real person” would. It was very different from any other book that I’ve ever read and I loved it. A Bound Heart was a fantastic read, one that I did not want to end and one that will stay with me for a long time to come.
Also, if you want a full review of this book, check out this post.

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors

Daring to Hope is the last of my top reads from 2018, but not because it was my least favorite.
To be completely honest, I don’t remember a lot of the specifics of Daring to Hope, but I do know that it challenged my view on a lot of things. It really helped me to see a little bit more of who God truly is and that no matter what, He is good. Daring to Hope was a raw and honest book. Katie shared a lot of stories and struggles that she had been through and that really just made it all the more real. In those stories that she shared, I was able to see the truth so much more clearly than if she had just blatantly stated it. This is definitely one to keep and re-read.

These are my top books from 2018. And before you even ask, yes, I’m hard on a lot of books and set pretty high standards, thus the reason I only have five on this list.
What are some of your top books from this year?? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned? What did you think of them?

In the clutches of the cross,

Kathryn

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