Back by popular demand, I’m recapping all of the books I’ve read and devotionals/bible studies I’ve completed in 2020!*

As a lifelong bookworm and aspiring writer, it never ceases to amaze me how incredibly AWESOME it is to have the opportunity to work with various faith-based publishers and authors. Truly, I am so grateful to be able to read and review books as part of the Seeking Grace & Gratitude ministry. As a follower of Christ, being a student of the Word is not just important but also valuable to assist in navigating current culture. It is my hope that you will be encouraged by all of the content produced through Seeking Grace & Gratitude as you consider how the things that occupy your time and fill your mind end up influencing how you live your life.

With that said, I read a total of 27 Christian non-fiction books and 1 Christian fiction book in 2020. Additionally, I read 2 devotionals and finished 11 bible studies. Given how 2020 went and how very little time I had to myself (ahem, unexpected homeschooling of 3 children), I was very surprised to discover I beat my 2019 record of books and studies completed! [For last year’s book recap, check out this link!]

In this recap, I’m going to list the books, devotionals and studies in 2 ways:

  • Organized by general topic or theme, including full title, author’s name and review link (where applicable**)
  • A few TOP FAVES of the year

Enjoy!

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Bible Studies & Devotionals

  • Trustworthy: Overcoming Our Greatest Struggles to Trust God by Lysa Terkeurst
  • What Matters Most: A Study of Philippians by Karen Ehman
  • Called to Inspire: 52 Life-Changing Questions by Marsha DuCille
  • As My Mind Unwinds: 31 Day Devotional, Reflectional, Confessional Ride by Jennifer Ervig (Click here for my full review!)
  • Revelation: All Things New by Proverbs 31 Ministries in correlation with the First 5 app
  • Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore
  • Beloved Disciple: The Life & Ministry of John by Beth Moore
  • Chase: Chasing After the Heart of God by Jennie Allen
  • Follow: Discover the Life of Jesus through the Gospel of Mark, an IF:Equip study
  • Enjoying Jesus: 12 Experiences That Will Draw You Closer, an IF:Equip study
  • Woven: The Art of Making Disciples, an IF:Equip study
  • Redeemed: A Tool for Sharing Your Story of Redemption, an IF:Equip study
  • Together: A Study of Ephesians, an IF:Equip study

 

Christian Non-Fiction Books

Apologetics:

  • Talking with Your Kids About Jesus: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Crain (click here for my full review)
  • Culture Shock: A Biblical Response to Today’s Most Divisive Issues by Chip Ingram
  • Anyone But Me: 10 Ways to Overcome Your Fear and Be Prepared to Share the Gospel by Ray Comfort (click here for my full review)

Faith/Spiritual Growth:

  • Befriending Your Monsters: Facing the Darkness of Your Fears to Experience the Light by Luke Norsworthy (click here for my full review)
  • Is God Speaking to Me?: How to Discern His Voice and Direction by Lysa Terkeurst
  • Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible by Kristen Welch (click here for my full review)
  • A Different Kind of Love Story: How God’s Love for You Helps You Love Yourself by Landra Young Hughes (click here for my full review)

Women/Motivational:

  • Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do by Jordan Lee Dooley
  • Hidden Potential: Revealing What God Can Do Through You by Wendy Pope
  • Start Where You Are: How God Meets You in Your Mess, Loves You Through It, and Leads You Out of It by Rashawn Copeland (click here for my full review)
  • You Are The Girl For The Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You by Jess Connolly
  • Stop Calling Me Beautiful: Finding Soul-Deep Strength in a Skin-Deep World by Phylicia Masonheimer
  • Holy Guacamole: A Glorious Discovery of Your Undeniable Worth by Carrie Stephens (click here for my full review)

Marriage:

  • See-Through Marriage: Experiencing the Freedom and Joy of Being Fully Known and Fully Loved by Ryan and Selena Frederick (click here for my full review)
  • Emptied: Experiencing the Fullness of a Poured-Out Marriage by Wynter and Jonathan Pitts (click here for my full review)
  • Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy by Karen Ehman

Motherhood/Parenting:

  • Resilent: Child Discipleship and the Fearless Future of the Church by Valerie Bell, Chris Marchand, Matt Markins, and Mike Handler (click here for my full review)
  • Mom Set Free: Find Relief from the Pressure to Get it All Right by Jeannie Cunnion
  • Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments by Emily Jensen & Laura Wifler
  • Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter (click here for my full review)
  • The Better Mom: Growing in Grace Between Perfection and the Mess by Ruth Schwenk (click here for my full review)
  • Screen Kids: 5 Skills Every Child Needs in a Tech-Driven World by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane (click here for my full review)

Culture:

  • Born Again This Way: Coming Out, Coming to Faith, and What Comes Next by Rachel Gilson (review coming in 2021!)
  • Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation by Candace Owens
  • Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? by Sam Allberry
  • Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was & Who God Has Always Been by Jackie Hill Perry

Other:

  • Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons

Christian Fiction Books

 

It is incredibly challenging to narrow down my favorite reads of 2020, so to make things easier on myself I considered the top 3 books that had the biggest impact on me. Each of these picks are books or studies that I cannot stop talking about or recommending to friends, family members, other parents and anyone who will listen to me (LOL).

And my TOP 3 picks of 2020 are…

  • Top Bible Study:

Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore

  • Top Book:

Stop Calling Me Beautiful: Finding Soul-Deep Strength in a Skin-Deep World by Phylicia Masonheimer

  • Must Read Book of 2020:

Screen Kids: 5 Skills Every Child Needs in a Tech-Driven World by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane

Runner-Up Books:

  • Resilent: Child Discipleship and the Fearless Future of the Church by Valerie Bell, Chris Marchand, Matt Markins, and Mike Handler
  • Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible by Kristen Welch
  • Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do by Jordan Lee Dooley
  • Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter
  • Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons

Runner-Up Studies:

  • Chase: Chasing After the Heart of God by Jennie Allen
  • What Matters Most: A Study of Philippians by Karen Ehman

 

I noticed several common themes in the books and studies I gravitated towards this year. I’m sure you’ve caught them as well. My season of life during 2020 led me to focus on purpose, family, culture, and my personal faith.*** The content I ingested this year provided me with so much hope, comfort and wisdom – not just for the present day but also for what lies ahead in the years to come.

2020 was a wild year for sure but one that refined me as I clung to the steady Rock – Jesus Christ. God’s ultimate faithfulness and never-changing Word are the only constants we can depend on in this world. Never forget that.

When things feel uncertain or when there seems to be no end in sight, may we remember Who and What we are living for. Each moment experienced is an opportunity to squeeze the most out of life. There is purpose in pain, rest in restoration, and ministry in the mundane.

We become what we worship, friend. Plain and simple. The content that fills our minds and occupies our time ends up guiding our heart and steering the direction we are going. Do you know where your life is leading you?

While the books and studies mentioned in this post are personal to me, I always welcome feedback and recommendations. Referrals are the best way to learn about new books, studies or authors/ministries I may not be familiar with! Plus, I always love hearing what topics other people are interested in or which themes are highlighting current seasons of life. So please, feel free to comment, share, or message me about any and all reading material you have loved or can’t put down!

Looking forward to more reads and reviews in the new year! 🙂

~ Christen

 

*This number does not include any secular books, children’s books, or family devotionals I have read in 2020.

**Several of the Christian non-fiction and fiction books I read in 2020 were in partnership with numerous publishers, authors and/or faith-based marketing agencies in exchange for promotion and an honest review.

***Each book/study I completed impacted me personally and therefore my thoughts/opinions are entirely my own.

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