If you’ve been following Seeking Grace & Gratitude for a while now, then you know I’m a bookworm and absolutely love to read! When I added book reviews to the SG&G ministry in mid-2017, it was my hope that my love of reading would help others consider books they didn’t otherwise know of while also encouraging a wider audience to be intentional about filling their minds with positive, faith-filled content.

With that said, it is possible 2019 may have been the most “productive” reading year of my entire life! In total, I read 28 Christian nonfiction books, 3 devotionals and completed 7 bible studies.* With so many books read and reviewed, I thought it would be beneficial to:

  • List all of the titles with the author’s name, organized by general topic or theme, for easy reference
  • Narrow down the list to my “favorite” picks of the year

Enjoy!

 

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Christian Nonfiction Books Read in 2019

Bible Studies:

  • Breathing Room by Sandra Stanley
  • Proverbs study by Proverbs 31 Ministries in coordination with the First5 app
  • Already, but Not Yet study by Proverbs 31 Ministries in coordination with the First5 app
  • Daniel study (not pictured) by Proverbs 31 Ministries in coordination with the First5 app
  • Made for This: 40 days to living your purpose by Jennie Allen
  • 20/20 Seen. Chosen. Sent by Christine Caine
  • It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding unexpected strength when disappointments leave you shattered by Lysa Terkeurst

 

Devotionals:

  • Whispers & Wildflowers: 30 days to slow your pace, savor scripture, & draw closer to God by Sarah Beth Marr (To read my full review, click here)
  • Awaken: 90 days with the God who speaks by Priscilla Shirer
  • The Year of Living Happy: Finding contentment and connection in a crazy world by Alli Worthington

 

Current Issues/Life Challenges/Apologetics Books:

 

Spiritual Growth

  • True You: Letting go of your false self to uncover the person God created by Michelle DeRusha (To read my full review, click here)
  • Remember God by Annie F. Downs
  • Fake or Follower: Refusing to settle for a shallow faith by Andi Andrew (To read my full review, click here)
  • Pray Big Things: The surprising life God has for you when you’re bold enough to ask by Julia Jeffress Sadler (To read my full review, click here)
  • Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do by Christine Caine
  • It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding unexpected strength when disappointments leave you shattered by Lysa Terkeurst

 

Female-Focused Books

 

Parenting/Motherhood/Family-Focused

 

Motivational

  • Girl Stop Apologizing: A shame-free plan for embracing and achieving your goals by Rachel Hollis
  • Beginner’s Pluck: Build your life of purpose and impact now by Liz Forkin Bohannon (To read my full review, click here)

 

Other

 

 

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It is incredibly challenging to narrow down my favorite reads of 2019, so to make things easier on myself I considered the top 3 books that had the biggest impact on me. As well, each of these picks are books or studies that I cannot stop talking about or recommending to friends, family members and random fellow-book lovers (both online and those lingering around the book store, much like myself!).

So, without further ado, here are my TOP 3 picks of 2019 (in no particular order):

– Top Bible study recommendation of 2019: Made for This: 40 days to living your purpose by Jennie Allen

– Top book of 2019: A Change of Affection: A Gay Man’s Incredible Story of Redemption by Becket Cook

– MUST READ of 2019 for anyone who cares about the next generation: So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace

Runner-Up Books:

  • True You: Letting go of your false self to uncover the person God created by Michelle DeRusha
  • Fake or Follower: Refusing to settle for a shallow faith by Andi Andrew
  • Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl’s Heart: Discovering the beauty and freedom of God-defined sexuality by Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal
  • Finding Beautiful: Discovering authentic beauty around the world by Rebecca Friedlander
  • TIED: Truth Unchanging: Hearing God Daily in the Midst of Motherhood by Becky Thompson (it’s like a warm hug from a good friend) and O.M. Master of Mayhem: Simple solutions to organize chaos and bring more joy into your home by Kristi Clover (it contains the most practical and grace-filled home-organization methods I’ve ever heard; perfect for those seeking motivation for the new year!)

Runner-Up Study

  • 20/20 Seen. Chosen. Sent by Christine Caine

I hope you found value in considering the books, studies, and devotionals I read and reviewed in 2019. I understand my personal preferences, life experiences and current season of life have all contributed to how these books directly impacted me throughout the year. Still, I strongly believe my diverse reading selection can speak to a variety of individuals who are seeking new reads and recommendations for 2020. As always, please feel free to comment, share, or message me about any and all books you have loved or can’t put down! Referrals are the best way to discover new things to read 🙂

My biggest takeaway for you, though, is this: whatever occupies your time or mind, may it be overflowing with positive, life-giving, and faith-filled things that come from the Lord. While I love to read, what I love more is refreshing my mind and spirit with lovely, God-inspired thoughts that speak life and love into my heart.

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” ~ Philippians 4:8-9 (MSG)

 

* This number does not include any formal or group bible studies I’ve done through church and/or other women’s groups nor does it include any secular books, children’s books, or family devotionals I have read in 2019. The majority of the Christian nonfiction books I read in 2019 was in partnership with numerous publishers, authors and/or faith-based marketing agencies in exchange for promotion and an honest review.

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