My Favorite Books


Friday Faves January 2 books

What are your favorite books for women?

For parenting? Faith? Marriage?

Your favorite books EVER?

Your list for 2015?


Here’s the good news. There is no shortage of great books. I would recommend starting with the Bible – ultimate source of wisdom and guidance. From there, make yourself a doable list based on where you need encouragement and truth. Are you struggling with making decisions? Consider The Best Yes. If you want to rock your faith – get any book by Francis Chan (LOVING his new marriage book).

Weary and so tired? consider Desperate or Hope For the Weary Mom.

My goal this year – is to add in fiction and “reading just for fun” books. I’m always working on me and my heart needs a rest from that. Probably some Patti Callahan Henry!


Do you need another book or courage to implement?

If you are like me, your house might be full of books you need to re-read or actually have the courage and discipline to apply. Precisely why I just re-read Made To Crave this week. You might not need another book – just discipline and self-control to follow through on Godly counsel.

My list was too long for this post, so I have created an Amazon store that features my favorites in every category. I’ll keep updating that as I organize my office and books.  Here are a few that I loved lately.



  • The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst: Everything she reads hits to the core of my heart. It’s like she’s a creeper in my home. If you have ever struggled with saying yes or no or making decisions. Game changer.


  • Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman. I had the honor of endorsing this one so obviously I’m a huge fan.

Everyone with a mouth like mine needs this book! Karen Ehman has a gift. She shares a message we need to hear in a way that is helpful, not condemning. I’m thankful for how Karen encourages women to lead like Jesus from head to toe.” – Courtney DeFeo



  • Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup – Reading now and it’s so great. Equal parts inspiration and really practical help.





  • Parenting The Wholehearted Child by Jeannie Cunnion – Dear friend wrote this and it’s just amazing. If you need grace for yourself and your kids. It is pure freedom.



  • Intentional Parenting by Sissy Goff and David Thomas – I love anything written by these two counselors. They have incredible insight and advice from the thousands of patients and families they see each year.

In This House We Will Giggle

  • In This House, We Will Giggle by ME! 😉 – If you are ready for more laughter over lectures – join us! 12 virtues and 12 family fun activities.


  • Magnetic by Lynn Cowell – Biblical and profound advice for teens. Can’t wait for my girls to read!*







  • FIght Back With Joy by Margaret Feinberg – Here’s a girl fighting cancer and continues to release amazing resources. Her joy for the Lord is contagious.





  • Move On by Vicki Courtney – I love the subtitle, “when mercy meets your mess”. All of us come from a mess or we are in the center of a mess. She shares truthfully and honestly about her struggles and how God comes alongside with mercy.






  • Make It Happen by Lara Casey – I am new to Lara Casey but after reading her blog over the break. I am smitten. I love inspirational women who go after it.



Do you have some forever favorites?

If you haven’t read Love Does, Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child, No Greater Love – those would be a few of my top books and will keep and read again.

How about a giveaway?


Enter to win by Sunday. Two winners.

Keep It Shut and Move On





Just mention a favorite book below to enter!

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  1. Would love to win any of these wonderful books! I just started In this House we will Giggle and I love it!!

  2. The two I’m reading now (and loving) are “you and me forever” -Francis and Lisa Chan.. And “in this house we will giggle” -you! 🙂 Would be so excited to add more to my nightstand!

  3. I LOVE to read and was recently encouraged by this book Parting the Waters by Jeanne Damoff. As a mom of a child who has special needs this challenged me to remember Gods plans and purposes are much greater than I can see.

    1. Oh my goodness! Such a good book! I had the honor of going to Kazakhstan with her on a mission trip this summer. Jeanne is amazing and her love and faith in the Lord are so very encouraging!!

  4. Currently reading In This House We Will Giggle and loving it! Hoping my Bible study group will choose Keep It Shut next.

  5. Currently reading Jen Wilken’s Women of the Word and loving it. Would love to read Move On, and probably NEED to read Keep it Shut :). Thanks for your list and this giveaway!

  6. Love your blog, Thanks for encouraging women! I often go back to Parenting by The Book by John Rosemond

  7. Reading more has been on my her lately & your book for my family along with some Brene Brown books are on my list this year. I would love to add some from your list! Thank you!

  8. The last book I read was Unbroken. It was wonderful. Am currently reading Radical (yes, I’m behind!) and have several of these that you mentioned downloaded as samples. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy New Year!

  9. I am currently reading Living So That by Wendy Blight and The Best Yes (loving it!!) I managed to read Julie Klassen’s latest ‘The Secret of Pembrooke Park’ over our Christmas break – a nice easy read. The book I enjoyed the most for 2014 (a novel) would have to be Tessa Afshar’s book ‘Pearl in the Sand’, the story of Rahab – fantastic, couldn’t put it down!

  10. One Thousand Gifts will forever be a favorite, but have a list of ones to read this year too! Hinds Feet on High Places—haven’t read it—can’t wait! Hope Runs and the Hardest Peace are also on my list!

  11. Just read Kara Tippett’s book The Hardest Peace. She is inspiring! You can read Kara’s story at

  12. Before Amen by Max Lucado and The Best Yes by Lysa are two books that I have recently read and would recommend. I felt both were down to earth and easy to understand reads. I bought The Best Yes as a gift for a girlfriend who always has a lot on her plate and I thought she would benefit from reading the book. Thanks for the list and a chance to win.

  13. Honestly In This House We Giggle has been amazing for me and my family. If I had to pick another one I would say raising a princess by John Croyle.

  14. Seven by Jen Hatmaker sticks we me a lot. I also loved Lysa Tyrkeurst’s Made to Crave and Unglued. I want to read The Best Yes if my library gets it.

  15. How to listen to God -Charles Stanley
    Am I messing up my kids – Lysa Terkeurst
    Communication – key to your marriage – H. Norman Wright

  16. Many of these books I would love to read…lots of inspiring, motivational and faith enriching stories! I will add some “break for the heart” books and trilogies I have enjoyed~ Hunger games, Twilight, and lots of Patti Callahan Henry books. I will also add that the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury is amazing and have finished almost all of her books and series!! With the first two I sound like a teenager but sometimes its nice to read for complete pleasure. My family is reading “In this house, we will giggle” by you 🙂 every am together and enjoying learning all about our first virtue for January…JOY!

  17. My favorite book series (8 books) was actually written for teenagers but I love it and have read it through almost twice. Oracles of Fire/Dragons in our Midst. It’s Christian fiction.

  18. “Finding God in a Bag of Groceries” by Laura Lapins Willis
    This book opened my eyes even wider to the working poor and nudged me to actually volunteer at my own local food bank instead of just ‘meaning’ to.

  19. Anything by Jen Hatmaker!! I really like “7” and “A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study.”

  20. I would love to read “Move On.” The Lord is graciously helping me free myself from many burdens that I have been carrying for so long.

  21. The Biography of Santa Claus…….as a grandmother, I think this would be wonderful book to read to elementary age students. Though fiction, it tells where the stories of Mrs Claus, giving gifts, stockings etc etc began.

  22. Favorite books this past year? I have to say, yours hit one of my top favorties! You mentioned fiction and Redeeming Love always pops in my head, though I forget the author. It made me understand brothels a bit more (when I really only slightly heard of them before). I love reading kid books with my kids and Sonlight has some great suggestions, depending on the ages of your kids. Mr.Poppers Penguins and so many others! Health related are Trim Healthy Mama and Made to Crave. I love Edith Schaeffer’s books “What is a Family?”, “L’Abri” and “The Art of Homemaking.” I also have gained wisdom from Elizabeth George’s books, especially when thinking through priorities. She bases a lot of her books off of Titus and Proverbs 31. I could probably name more. Those books look so neat that you mentioned, and I think my Women’s Bible Study is going to be going through “The Best Yes” together. Oh! Not a Fan was a great book this year, also! Anyways, have a blessed day!

  23. Oh! And The Jesus Storybook Bible for kids. I told you there were more brimming. I actually do top library picks on my blog off and on of books my kids and I enjoyed reading so I have tons of suggestions there.

  24. The Nesting Place… freeing and funny! – Myquillin Smith
    Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World – Jill Rigby

  25. Nesting Place and Bread and Wine are two of my faves!

    What an awesome list of books I need to check out and a super fun giveaway!

    xo Kat

  26. The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts is on my to-read list. I love reading her blog at

  27. Let It Go and now Keep It Shut are good reminders as to what matters most in daily life. So much just doesn’t matter, I usually don’t remember what was worth getting ugly over, what I Do remember is what I said or did and how ugly it was then and still is as I recall those moments.

  28. My favorites are Love Does and 5 Love Languages! I also like Jen Hatmacker’s Seven. I am in the middle of the Make It Happen Book and it is awesome!

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