Ever since the start of the year, I have been keeping track of books I completed this year. I thought it was a neat idea as I could challenge myself to be intentional about finishing more books. So far I’ve completed thirty-five books this year.
I was hoping to reach fifty books by the end of this year, but that would require finishing about two books a week for the remainder of the year. I’m finding myself drawn to books with a lot of substantial information packed in, and I don’t want to rush through a book like that just so I can write down that I’ve finished it. I want to savor those types of books so that I can get as much wisdom from them as I can.
And another reason I enjoy sharing a monthly list of my reading, comprised of my old book favorites and new, is that it makes me be more intentional about what books I’m going to start this month, and I’m always reading through something.
Or because I tend to read multiple books at a time, it’s more often than not- more than one thing!
Read on for September’s book picks!
Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is a historical fiction novel set in Germany, during World War II, about a young girl, Liesel, whose adopted parents secretly take in a young Jewish man.
When Liesel befriends their fugitive, Max, he teaches her how to read and they bond over words which carry a beauty and a hope that surpasses the hatred of Hitler and the Nazi regime.
The story contains important messages about family, friendship, and the power of our words.
The Book Thief is emotionally gripping, and will make you think- and feel deeply.
Quotable: “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Thomas
I’ve been reading the one for married couples, but Gary Thomas has also written Five Love Languages guides to be used for children and teens. So there’s great advice for utilizing this concept in your other relationships as well.
Most people are familiar with this book by now. There’s a reason it’s so popular. Learning your spouses love language can be key to success in your marriage.
It’s a quick read, explaining how everyone has a primary way that love is communicated to them. Learning how your spouse wants to be loved will result in a thriving relationship with them.
It has a chapter dedicated to each love language, with practical ideas for how you can love a spouse with that personal love language.
It’s an must-have resource for everyone who is married or hopes to be someday. It’s even great for those who want to be intentional in fostering healthy platonic relationships.
Quotable: “Forgiveness isn’t a feeling; it is a commitment.”
Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis
This book is the diary of an 18 year old girl, as she follows the call of God on her life to serve as a missionary to the Ugandan people.
By the age of 22, she ends up becoming the adoptive mother to 14 girls, as God expands her heart to sacrifically love the people around her. She has such a beautiful perspective on adoption.
I feel like Katie really embodies what Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 12:9. She’s a conduit of God’s love and kind nature. Even when she feels inadequate for a task, He equips her for it and fills the gap.
I had so many powerful moments with God as I was reading this book. It will stretch, challenge, and inspire you to reach out to those around you and love them with the fierce love of God.
If you’re hungry for testimonies of God’s miraculous provision, feel called to missions, or have the desire to adopt stirring in your heart- I’m confident that you’ll be deeply impacted by this incredible book!
Quotable: “Even though I realize I cannot always mend or meet, I can enter in. I can enter into someone’s pain and sit with them and know. This is Jesus, not that He apologizes for the hard and the hurt, but that He enters in, He comes with us to the hard places. And so I continue to enter in.”
I’d love to know, what have YOU been reading this month?