Favorite books of 2011

The year 2011 will always stand out in my mind, not for the books I’ve read, but for the relationships God gave, for the people I was blessed to love. As most of you know, one of those very dear people, my dad, stepped into the presence of Jesus on November 10, 2011. My dad was a quiet man, a faithful man, a man who would want to be remembered as one who loved his God and his family well. Of the many memories I have of him, one shines brightest-- on January 1 of every year, Daddy started reading Genesis 1 and every December 31, he ended with Revelation 22. Some might think he read out of habit, which could be partially true. But he also let the Word change his life. He was shaped and molded by what he read. And he touched many lives by the way he lived his. Though there came a time when he could no longer read, he never forgot Jesus. He remembered what was most important to the very end.

My dad never told me I should read the Bible. But it held a prominent place in our home growing up, and his copy was well worn. Both my mom and dad instilled a love of the Word in me by their quiet examples. The Book has become my favorite as well - not just for 2011 but always.

As we have said goodbye to 2011 and embrace what this new dawn of 2012 has to offer, here are my top ten favorite reads (mostly fiction and a few non-fiction) for this past year. (Not all books were printed in 2011, but were read during that year.)

Favorite Books of 2011

  1. The Bible - favorite versions are the ESV Bible and NIV (1984 edition)
  2. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
  3. A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander
  4. The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
  5. The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser
  6. Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  7. Intervention by Terri Blackstock
  8. Epicenter 2:0 by Joel Rosenberg
  9. The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner
  10. After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart

There are many other favorite authors whose books still sit waiting on my TBR pile, and I wish I could read them at a faster pace. (I like to savor the stories, which means I don't read as many.) I look forward to catching up with them this year.

As a side note, my all-time favorite novel that re-captured my attention this December (and I just finished this past weekend) is Two From Galilee: The Story Of Mary And Joseph by Marjorie Holmes. The author is a master storyteller, and this book draws emotion from me like no other. If you haven't read it, or haven't read it in a long time, I encourage you to read it. You won't be disappointed!

Happy reading~