5 Books to Read Immediately

My grandfather often says to me, “Stop whatever you are doing and read this book right now.” I love discussing books with him and taking his advice on the next good read. He always has great insight and good suggestions. So, here is my list of suggestions of 5 books that you stop whatever you are doing and read right away!

1. Ordering Your Private World by Gordon Macdonald

If you read this book first, then you will have more time to read all the other books. Macdonald gives us not only a call to discipline, but practical ways to   implement that discipline. By becoming a disciplined person and caring for our inner world, we are better able to handle the stresses and unexpected problems of the outer world. This practical plan will not only inspire you, but also hold you accountable to be the kind of Christ follower that no longer makes excuses. By the way, he says that reading for life is a requirement and should be scheduled into your daily routine!

2. Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

After I am finished reading this book, then I will give a complete review on it on the blog. But I don’t need to be finished to know that this book is worth every single page. Shauna creates what she calls a food memoir. Every story centers around food or being around the table and through these stories she discovers life, love, and faith and then she gives you a recipe to go with it! Every recipe is delicious and every story of full of emotional enlightenment!

3. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

I buy this book any chance I get and immediately give it away. I could read this book over and over, but I do like to give other books a chance every now and then. It is the beautiful story of our redemption and God’s love for us told in the form of historical fiction and the voice of a woman. My heart healed while reading this book.


4. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan

I always tell anyone asking that they shouldn’t read this book unless they want to be challenged. I suppose I could say that about all of Chan’s books. He isn’t afraid to speak the truth and does it in a way that makes you want to get up and start living the way Christ intended. But, he also doesn’t shy away from holding us accountable, particularly in the chapter about lukewarm Christians. After you read this book, you won’t want to settle for lukewarm anymore.

5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

If you don’t read this book right this second, it will be okay. But this is absolutely one of my favorite books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It is written in the form of letters and tells the story of an author looking for her next book. She receives a letter from the small island of Guernsey and unexpectedly learns about a people and a history that was seemingly before hidden. Its beautiful and romantic, but the real beauty of this story is that it was the author’s dream in life to publish a book. Unfortunately, she passed away before this book was completed. So, her daughter finished writing it for her and completed her dream!

What’s your list of books that we should read right away!?



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  1. says

    Great suggestions!! I’m proud to say I’ve already read 3 out of your five and with those as recommendations, I can’t wait to start on the other two! Thank you!!

  2. Kristi Martin says

    Thanks for the list! I’ll have to check out the books I haven’t read.

    I’d like to recommend the book, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. One of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s harrowing, page-turning & inspiring. A note though: don’t look up the main character, Frank Zamborini, on the interwebs until you’ve read the story. What you find might ruin the ending if you like to be surprised.

  3. says

    I have only read “Redeeming Love” but it’s great! I have never heard of the first book but am intrigued…adding it to my Goodreads shelf for sure! Honestly, I tried to read the “Guernsey” book but couldn’t get into it. Perhaps I should give it another go! Thanks for the recommendations. Love to hear the books people like!

    • Krista says

      Thanks, Keri! Yes, I guess Guernsey maybe isn’t for everyone. I just found the writing style really unique! But I am glad we can share our love of Redeeming love!

      • says

        I adored both Guernsey and Redeeming Love! Actually, I love everything Francine Rivers has written! I’m currently enjoying Chautona Havig novels – she has quite a few free ones on amazon and I’m appreciating her unique perspective of grace.

    • Krista says

      Thanks for stopping by, Lorneth! Let me know what you think of the first one. I think it really works…if you actually apply what he says 😉 I am still working on that part!

  4. says

    Thank you! #1 and 2 have may attention! I love the relationship with your grandpa <3 Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday again this week!!

    • Krista says

      Thanks, Ren. I love my grandpa, too. I was actually thinking today of posting a list of HIS recommendations!! You might be seeing that up soon 😀

      • says

        This is the post that thrilled me most for link up #7 so, you are the featured poster this week at Thrilling Thursday! I hope you’ll link up again now that Thrilling Thursday is back from vacation!


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