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The Five All Time Best Books

It’s officially summer, and summer usually brings a little extra time to do some reading. If you’re like me, you don’t just want to read any old thing, you want to make the most of your time, and recommendations from friends carry a lot of weight. Here are my recommendations for the best books I have ever read (and continually re-read) along with short explanations.

  1. The Divine Romance by Gene Edwards. Fictionalized story of what the creation of man and the salvation of man could have looked like from a heavenly perspective. Gives me a mental picture of those goings-on, which helps me to understand my life and purpose.
  2. The Ultimate Intention by DeVern Fromke. What was God’s intention in creating us? What does He want from us? I am re-reading this one right now. It always reminds me that my life is not about me, but what does God intend, and how can I help Him with that.
  3. Desiring God by John Piper. He wants me to be delighted, and the only way to do that is to find my delight in Him. There is also a short, summary-style version of this book called The Dangerous Duty of Delight, in case you want to get to the point quickly.
  4. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller. Psalm 23 explained phrase-by-phrase by a former shepherd. Opened my eyes to see that I don’t have to understand it all and have a plan; I can trust the Good Shepherd to lead me and care for me.
  5. Hind’s Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard. The story of Much-Afraid as she is brought to the High Places of abundant life. Allegorical and rich with symbolism. If you like this one, be sure to read the sequel, Mountains of Spices.

These are my all-time favorites, but I look for summer reading, too. What would be some of your top recommendations? Comment below and share them with me.

* The above Amazon.com links are affiliate links, which will give me a commission if you purchase them from my recommendations. I am not suggesting these books to make money, but if you’re gonna buy them anyway, please click through my links.

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Hi, I’m Deanne!

Biblical counselor, budding author, and domestic engineer. I enjoy reading, studying, thinking, and writing about it all. I crave simplicity, laughter, and a cup of hot tea in the morning. Metaphor and allegory is my thing, and I enjoy using it to help myself and others understand spiritual concepts.

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