Recommended Reading

Looking at this list of books, you can probably deduce that I believe reading is very, very important. Yet not just any kind of reading – it is key that we be filling our minds with wholesome and helpful material.

This page is a work in progress. Lord willing, as I go through topics I will be adding relevant reading material to this page.

Books are listed alphabetically, in no certain order of importance…

Biographies, Autobiographies & History

Bonheoffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxes

The Confessions by Augustine of Hippo

The Early Church by Henry Chadwick

If I Perish by Esther Ann Kim

Jack: The Life of C.S. Lewis by George Sayer

The Life and Narrative of an American Slave by Frederick Douglass

A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Huffman Rockness

Unbroken: A World War II Story by Laura Hillenbrand

1776 by David McCullough

Dating and Purity

I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris

Its (Not That) Complicated by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin

Passion for Purity by Elizabeth Elliot

Uncompromising by Hannah Farver


A Blossom in the Dessert: Reflections on the Art and Writings of Lilias Trotter

How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth by Gordon Fee & Douglass Stewart

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Living By the Book by Howard Hendricks

My Utmost for His Highest

Read the Word: The Bible Was Written for You by Matt Tague

The Dialogs of Fenelon

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp


How to Win at College by  Cal Newport

Accelerated Distance Learning by Brad Voeller

The Way I See the World

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell*

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Escape from Reason by Francis Schaeffer

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Gagging of God by D.A. Carson

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell*

Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey

*Gladwell’s books are not from a Christian perspective, but they are a thought provoking general analysis of social and cultural phenomenons.


4 thoughts on “Recommended Reading

  1. Hello Marli,
    I just have to say first that I love your site! I will encourage girls I work with to be sure and check it out! Blessings on your efforts to reach out to your peers and encourage them!
    Also…I just have to add that I’m reading a devotional that I just love! So, I thought I may suggest it for your list. It’s called, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young.

    Blessings and Joy,

  2. This is an excellent list of books. Have you ever read Up From Slavery? It is an autobiography by Booker Washington. If not, I highly recommend it. :) Also, Neil Postman wrote a great speech called “Informing Ourselves to Death.” You should check it out. :)

    • Ah, thank you so much for the recommendations! I have Up From Slavery, but have not read it yet – I’ll put it on the must read’s for this year :) Trying to find Postman’s speech online now!

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