Christine’s Bookshelf

Book Reviews for current and upcoming nonfiction books from Christine’s bookshelf. Read about bestsellers, new authors, and classic books. 

Hope for American Evangelicals by Matthew Bennett
Inspect the American evangelical church through the eyes of a missionaryHope for American Evangelicals: A Missionary Perspective on Restoring Our Broken House by Matthew Bennett is a timely message. Inspired by missionary Leslie Newbigin, this book examines the modern...
The Awe of God by John Bevere
Holy Fear is not a topic you'll hear much about these daysThe Awe of God: The Astounding Way a Healthy Fear of God Transforms Your Life by John Bevere is a very good book on the topic of holiness. The book has a surprising opening. Rather than explore the positive...
A Praying Church by Paul E. Miller
When believers gather and pray together, powerful things happenA Praying Church: Becoming a People of Hope in a Discouraging World by Paul E. Miller is an encouragement for pastors and church leaders. And it will be useful for small groups and church members. The book...
Choose Your Story Change Your Life by Kindra Hall
Take complete control of your self-stories and create the life you’ve always dreamed you’d haveChoose Your Story, Change Your Life: Silence Your Inner Critic and Rewrite Your Life from the Inside Out by Kindra Hall is written by a popular keynote speaker. Step by...
The Awe of God by John Bevere
Holy Fear is not a topic you'll hear much about these daysThe Awe of God: The Astounding Way a Healthy Fear of God Transforms Your Life by John Bevere is a very good book on the topic of holiness. The book has a surprising opening. Rather than explore the positive...
A Praying Church by Paul E. Miller
When believers gather and pray together, powerful things happenA Praying Church: Becoming a People of Hope in a Discouraging World by Paul E. Miller is an encouragement for pastors and church leaders. And it will be useful for small groups and church members. The book...
Choose Your Story Change Your Life by Kindra Hall
Take complete control of your self-stories and create the life you’ve always dreamed you’d haveChoose Your Story, Change Your Life: Silence Your Inner Critic and Rewrite Your Life from the Inside Out by Kindra Hall is written by a popular keynote speaker. Step by...
Restore My Soul by Janice McWilliams
Taking better care of yourself Restore My Soul: Reimagining Self-Care for a Sustainable Life by Janice McWilliams is written by a therapist and spiritual director. Taking better care of yourself is a key theme in the book. She writes, “an unhealthy soul will exhaust...

Comprehension is valuable to reading and I highlight my favorite book quotes. Because I do not have cable television, I have many hours available each day for reading as entertainment. When most people watch the morning news, I have an hour to read. When people are watching television after work, I have another four hours for reading. So my typical day includes five hours of reading. I’m not a fast reader. I just have an abundance of time!

Write for Life by Julia Cameron

Write for Life by Julia Cameron

"Writing, after all, is not meant to be torture.” Julia Cameron Write for Life: Creative Tools for Every Writer (A 6-Week Artist's Way Program) by Julia Cameron is an essential book for writers. In this six-week method, writers discover coaching and assistance for...

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Change Your Brain Every Day by Daniel Amen, MD

Change Your Brain Every Day by Daniel Amen, MD

Page by page, this book offers readers a daily dose of brain wisdom. Change Your Brain Every Day: Simple Daily Practices to Strengthen Your Mind, Memory, Moods, Focus, Energy, Habits, and Relationships by Daniel G. Amen, MD is a helpful resource for life. These...

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Sure as the Sunrise by Emily Ley

Sure as the Sunrise by Emily Ley

Decluttering, prioritizing, and resting.Sure as the Sunrise 100 Morning Meditations on God’s Mercy and Delight by Emily Ley is a collection of 100 sweet devotions. Each devotion encourages readers to actively pursue positivity and make time for things that matter. The...

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The Secret Garden Devotional by Rachel Dodge

The Secret Garden Devotional by Rachel Dodge

This is a perfect gift for a gardener (like me).As a gardener, I was immediately attracted to “The Secret Garden Devotional” by Rachel Dodge. What a joy to open the pages and discover beautiful art inside. The drawings are worthy of a collector’s bookshelf. The words...

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The Writers Journey by Travis Elborough

The Writers Journey by Travis Elborough

Follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s most famous authors.The Writers Journey: In the Footsteps of the Literary Greats by Travis Elborough reads like a collection of Wikipedia articles. An encyclopedia of short biographies, this collection focuses on...

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The Bezos Blueprint by Carmine Gallo

The Bezos Blueprint by Carmine Gallo

The author mines letters, speeches, and online content and crafts a blueprint for writing.The Bezos Blueprint: Communication Secrets of the World's Greatest Salesman by Carmine Gallo is well-researched. The author has analyzed and scrutinized twenty-four letters...

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Far From Home by Mabel Ninan 

Far From Home by Mabel Ninan 

Uprooted into the busyness of America, a story about immigration and Christianity.As a Ministry Director, I often receive requests to endorse Christian books, websites, and products. With limited time available, I choose carefully and pray before making any decision....

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How to Read 52 Books in One Year

How to Read 52 Books in One Year

3 Helpful Habits For Reading 52 Books in a YearOne of my favorite habits is reading books. When books keep my attention, I have less time for social media, electronic games, and television. My favorite entertainment is reading books daily. To read 52+ books in a year,...

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