My Book List for 2014

Books To Read 2014

Here is my list of books I want to read during 2014. I hope to read many more books than this, so I am hoping you will help me out with more suggestions!

1. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey


2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed

4. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philip Sendker

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee {a re-read}

To Kill a Mockingbird

6. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


7. Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider {my dear friend Tsh!!}


8. A Distant Grief by Kefa F. Sempangi


9. Girl Soldier by Faith J. H. McDonnell


10. Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch

Rhinestone Jesus

11.  Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman {My sweet friend Gloria knocks it out of the park with this one. Confession: I have already read this book, but it is SO good I want YOU to read it, so I put it on the list! I will read it again and again. It’s that good.}


12. Christ in the Chaos by Kimm Crandall

Christ in the Chaos

13. One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian

One Way Love

14. Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ by Elyse Fitzpatrick {my book list wouldn’t be complete without at least one Elyse books!}

Found in Him

15. Exploring Grace Together by Jessica Thompson {Elyse Fitzpatrick’s daughter}

Exploring Grace Together

16. The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn B. Purvis {hmmmm?!}

The Connected Child

17. Resisting Gossip by Matthew C. Mitchell

Resisting Gossip

18. Extravagant Grace by Barbara Duguid

Extravagant Grace

19. A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman

A Million Little Ways

20. Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

Messy Beautiful Love

21. Every Bitter Thing is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things by Sara Hagerty {I am over the moon excited about this one!! Hooray for Sara! The book comes out in October published by Zondervan, so no cover art just yet.}

Now, of course I must ask: What is on your reading list this year? Please share in the comments!

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  1. says

    Great books! I’ll admit I’m not a novel reader, though there are two I keep coming back to because they’re my favorite stories: Little Women and Pride & Prejudice. You will LOVE A Million Little Ways (it was my hands-down favorite book of 2013.) And I like the sound of you reading The Connected Child. :) We use it in the adoption/foster care ministry we lead in our community/church. Karyn Purvis is amazing! I’d never heard of Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full. Checking that one out!
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Jamie Fluken says

    I was reading your list and thought to myself, “Wow, you must not watch any TV.” Ha! I love your list! Last year I was a working mom and only was able to read a couple books. I am back to being a sahm this year and am hoping to read more. Many on your list are now on mine. I also have Unglued by Lisa Tyrkeurst and Restless by Jennie Allen. Happy reading!!

  3. Brandi says

    The conviction to lead by Dr. Al Mohler, the book Thief by Markus Zusak, Night by Elie Weisel, and I’ll be adding a couple of yours to my list also.

  4. Alicia Fladager says

    Jamie Fluken, Unglued is a FANTASTIC choice! it is a wonderful book! and I absolutely recommend it to anyone. As far as my own reading list for this year, there are a few from the list here that are on mine as well as rereading Power of a praying wife, and Soul Detox, both fantastic books!!! 😀

    • Amie Jones Nixdorf says

      Live like a Narnian by Joe Rigney, Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis, Jesus is by Judah Smith, Jacob and the Prodigal by Kenneth E. Bailey, Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien, the Weight of Glory by CS Lewis.

  5. Lisa Kennedy Fischer says

    Love this list – and love the classics thrown in there!! I’ve got so many on my list but notable are Restless by Jennie Allen, Chasing God by Angie Smith and The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard. I’m in the middle of Undaunted and A Million Little Ways right now. :)

  6. Becky Daye says

    Great list, Joy! Thanks for sharing. I am finally reading “Kisses from Katie” and read “The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness” by Tim Keller on Christmas day (probably the best quick read EVER!) I plan to read a lot this year!! Oh, I am also reading “Wonderstruck” by Margaret Fineberg and can’t wait for “Praying for Boys” from Brooke McGlothlin to be released. Happy New Year!

  7. Elena says

    Third Culture Kids is a must-be read for multicultural families and those raising kids on the mission field. The Happy Room is also a challenging read.

  8. MamaE says

    As a SAHM of a 3yr old and a 5 month old. Reading has become a lost luxury for me. At least the books I’d like to read. Sadly many of them are now in DVD form. It’s just not the same. IF I have reading time these are what I’d choose:

    The Bible – because a Bible app just isn’t the same as the real deal.
    Captivating by John and Stacy Eldridge
    Wild At Heart by John Eldridge (also a great read for any young man seeking to be more like Jesus)
    Wrinkle In Time (series of 4 diff books) by Madaline L’Engle
    Little House On The Prarrie (series of about 10 books) by Laura Ingles/ Laura Ingles Wilder (she authors another series under her married name about her married life. Consists of about 8 books)
    Anne of Green Gables
    Metamorphosis by Kafka
    Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (I’ll read pretty much anything by him since he’s a relative)
    George McDonald (any of his works)
    Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    – Many of these are re reads. But my favorites. :-)

    • Jennifer Whisner says

      Love Love Love my Little House and Anne of Green Gables! Have read the Little House series 8 times in my life, and Anne of Green Gables series 3 times! Great list!

  9. Bree says

    Some great books I’ve read (and probably will reread), and ones I want to read are:

    -Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt
    -Follow Me by David Platt
    -Gospel according to Moses, The: What My Jewish Friends Taught Me about Jesus by Athol Dickson
    -When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa Tyrkeurst
    -The Ultimate Proof of Creation: Resolving the Origins Debate by Dr. Jason Lisle
    -Praying God’s Word Day by Day by Beth Moore
    -Believing God Day by Day: Growing Your Faith All Year Long by Beth Moore
    -The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
    -gods at War by by Kyle Idleman
    -Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough by Jefferson Bethke and Lecrae
    -Does God Still Bless the USA? by Lee Greenwood
    -The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life by Louie Giglio
    -Who Ate Lunch With Abraham? by Asher Intrater
    -Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life by Joanna Weaver
    -Back to the Well: Women’s Encounters With Jesus in the Gospels by Francis Taylor Gench
    -The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus by Brennan Manning
    -Four Blood Moons by John Hagee
    -The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
    -The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn
    -Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths That Last by Joshua Harris
    -Unfinished Work by Kevin Max
    -Lady In Waiting: Becoming God’s Best While Waiting for Mr. Right by Jackie Kendall and Debby Jones
    -Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark
    -Lord of the Rings series by J.R. Tolkien

    I don’t have much in the way of non Christian books type books but I usually don’t specifically search for many authors that are just novel writers. I usually just pick those up in a used book store or something (for example currently I’m reading a book by John Grisham) but the Christian ones I seek out more. I’m going to peruse the comments here though to see if I can find more to add to my always growing Amazon wish list :)

    Also just an FYI… if anyone likes Beth Moore there are quite a few books of hers right now on Amazon — the Kindle editions are free. Not sure if that’s a sale or permanent, but saving money is always good!

  10. Anna Holczer says

    A great list! Thanks for sharing! Gave me a few ideas to add to my list for the year. I am reading The Rest Of God by Mark Buchanan at the moment and it is giving me a new understanding of rest. Jesus is my rest! Even with two little ones at home I am learning where my true rest is found – in God alone!

  11. says

    Every year for Christmas, my husband buys me books from my Amazon wish list. It is the most wonderful gift ever! I build my list all year long, and then I go prioritize them. He picks a few to purchase. Thank you for the list. I just added some of them to my Amazon wish list! :) My pile is pretty high right now. I just finished He Heard Hannah tonight. Wow! Great book!

  12. Jennifer Whisner says

    Only books on my list this year are Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and Happy Happy Happy by Phil Robertson. Been out of the book loop for a couple years, so you list has pretty much become my list (other than the classics since I have already read those!). Thanks for the list!

  13. Jennifer Whisner says

    Oh, two books I’ve read in recent years worth tossing out in case anyone missed them – The Shack and Not a Fan…great reads!

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