Top 10 Books I Read in 2013

Oh, it was hard to pick my favorites this year! I tried to pick a variety of books, on topics from food to faith (or, in one case, food and faith). You can check out the entire list of books I read in 2013 and you’ll see how many great ones I had to pick from. The year isn’t over yet and I have a few to finish up, but I can confidently say these were my favorite books from 2013. (Affiliate links included.)

Bread & Wine by Shauna Nienquist:

“What people are craving isn’t  perfection. People aren’t longing to be impressed; they’re longing to feel like they’re home. If you create a space full of love and character and creativity and soul, they’ll take off their shoes and curl up with gratitude and rest, no matter how small, no matter how undone, no matter how odd.”

Chasing Francis by Ian M. Cron

“Churches should be places where people come to hear the story of God and to tell their own. That’s how we find out how the two relate.”

The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung

“There is a gap between our love for the gospel and our love for godliness. This must change. It’s not pietism, legalism, or fundamentalism to take holiness seriously. It’s the way of all those who have been called to a holy calling by a holy God.”

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

On Becoming a Writer by Denise Hughes

“To be a writer is to be a person of faith, someone who trusts in the writing process. The blank page isn’t mocking us. It’s inviting us. Like invisible ink, the words are already there. Hidden. But they’re not hidden on the page. They’re hidden inside of us. And when the timing is right, the light will turn on, revealing each word, one letter at a time.”

It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

“The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options.”

Life after Art by Matt Appling

“You are a creator. Yes, you are. Maybe you are not an artist. Maybe since you left the art room, you have never picked up a paintbrush or a piece of chalk since. But you are a creator. I know you are a creator, because you are made in the image of a Creator. You carry the Creator’s image and creative spark. You were created to create.”

2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron

“If you want to write faster, the first step is to know what you’re writing before you write it.”

Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior

“Not only do we become more literate when we read, but we also become better interpreters–or readers–of human life and human nature.”

Held: Learning to Live in God’s Grip by Lee and Sandra Peoples

Yes, Held is our book. And it makes my list because it took months of 2013 to write, edit, and publish. I read it more times than any other book on this list and could read it a few times more. We are thankful for the opportunity to share with others what God has been teaching us on the special-needs parenting journey, and we’re enjoying the people we’re meeting who are giving feedback on the book and sharing their stories.

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  1. Oh, man, I LOVED “Chasing Francis.” It’s definitely one of my top reads this year, and maybe ever (so far). I actually want to re-read it, too.

    As always, great book list!

  2. Dawn says:

    Ahhhh, I loved The Fault in Our Stars! Such a tragic, romantic page-turner!


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