Books are one of my favorite things to receive. However, I find it hard to give books as gifts at times. There are so many things to consider when you give someone a book. Do they like fiction or non-fiction? Do they read slow or are they intimidated by hundreds of pages? Have they ever found a book they absolutely fell in love with?
Here is a list of my favorite books that I read in 2018. So far I have read 45 books and I am hoping to finish the year with having read 50 books. And honestly? I have read some amazing books this year. I have also read books that I will keep re-reading many times in the future.
Whether you plan on buying a book to give someone at Christmas or reading one yourself — please, go and check these out. I found they were so worth the read.
Favorite Books I Read In 2018
1. In His Image by Jen Wilkin
I have been a fan of Jen Wilkin since I read her book, Women of the Word. Then I read her books None Like Him and In His Image, and these books are all my favorites now. When I read In His Image, I took pages and pages of notes because this book holds wisdom and great revelations on the character of God — and also humans. I love that Jen Wilkin also provides space for studying these characteristics on your own, with Scripture references and question to lead you. And though this book looks like it is written for women, it is not. I so recommend getting a copy of this for everyone you know.
2. Hope Your Heart Needs by Holley Gerth
If you are looking for a book to give to your friend, I so recommend this. I don’t often read devotionals but this one, I will keep reading. This book is full of beautiful and encouraging devotions. These pages are full of honest moments and realizations. But they also hold so much hope, no matter what season you are in right now. So really, this is a wonderful gift to any woman in your life.
3. Suffering by Paul David Tripp
Suffering is something that is, unfortunately, so often a part of our lives. We rarely go through just one season of suffering. Based on the amount of books on suffering, I think we can say that suffering really is common to us all. However, good writing on the topic of suffering isn’t quite that common. Suffering by Paul David Tripp is the best book I have read on suffering so far. I think it’s definitely worth it to get a copy of this book for yourself.
4. Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar
Tessa Afshar is one of my favorite fiction writes. Thief of Corinth is her newest book, as it came out in August. I pretty much read it as soon as it was out, and loved this book just like I have loved all other Tessa Afshar’s books. This book is set in the time of Apostle Paul, tying in to the stories we read in the New Testament. I love how Tessa Afshar’s book bring the minor characters in the Old and New Testaments to life in a great way.
5. The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
Another favorite writer of mine is Francine Rivers. Her newest book, The Masterpiece, came out this year. Even though it is a long one, with 500 pages, I read it in a couple days. Then I borrowed it to a friend of mine who also read it in a couple days. That is to say, this was a good fiction novel. Though I have read more of the books that are set in the Old Testament times, this was a wonderful read once again. I highly recommend getting this for yourself and for all your friends who enjoy good Christian fiction novels.
6. Preach to Yourself by Hayley Morgan
Though this book isn’t the best read of this year, it is one of the books that brought the most revelations this year. I have a habit of talking negatively to myself in a way of convincing myself that a moment feels too overwhelming and I can’t do it. It was only when I read this book that I realized those toxic loops that were going on in my head so often. Just for that, I so recommend reading this book. But I love that this book isn’t a “try harder” type of book. It is an invitation to “believe better”, to take thought captive and believe God’s Word. And that is a wonderful practice to begin.