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17 Favorite Non-Fiction Reads of 2012

My favorite non-fiction reads from 2012 in alphabetical order because any other way was overwhelming to me! {affiliate links included}

Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman's Guide to Finding Contentment

Practical, encouraging, and incredibly tender, I loved this book.

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

This rocked my world ... I knew it would so I put off reading it. But when I finally did, it left me undone. So much honesty and conviction but also abundant grace and plenty of that Jen Hatmaker humor. A great read!

Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess

Written by two of my dear friends, this is an offering of hope to all the mommas ... exhausted, drained, and weary.

When I Lay My Isaac Down: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances

Heart-wrenching and honest, this book is a challenge and inspiration to all of us as parents about keeping our faith in the Lord no matter what the circumstances of our lives ... and of our children's lives.

Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk

If you've ever struggled with figuring out how to bring your faith into daily conversations without looking like a jerk, this book is for you!

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

I loved using this in 2012 for my morning readings. The mixture of church history, prayers, Scripture, and songs is wonderful! I am looking forward to using this book again in 2013.

Freedom from Performing: Grace in an Applause-Driven World

Letting go of my need for approval and affirmation has been a life-long struggle. I found such encouragement in this book.

The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules

Oh my word! This really might be my favorite book of 2012. Powerful, challenging, and insightful. This one forced me to rethink everything I thought I knew about Ruth's story and consider how much bigger the message of Ruth is.

The Hunger Games and the Gospel

Definitely in the top 5 books I read in 2012, if you loved The Hunger Games triology, if you hated it, or (especially) if you questioned why a Christian would want to read the books, this one is for you! EXCELLENT. Just excellent commentary on our culture and our desperate need for the Gospel.

Let. It. Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith

So, I thought had left my control freak self behind ... then I read this & found out she was still very much present. Great book and filled with wisdom, encouragement, and grace.

The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives through the Power of Story

My favorite piece of American literature is "To Kill a Mockingbird." This excellent book views Harper Lee's classic as a tool for helping us understand how to live out the gospel. Powerful and thought-provoking.

No Other gods: Confronting Our Modern Day Idols

Yeah, this one, tough read for me. Challenging, convicting, and ultimately a book that forced me confront the reality of idols in my own life.

Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good?

Gary Thomas is one of my favorite writers. I love the way he presents sacred truth in ordinary context. This book offers us a biblical framework for enjoying life and not running from the small and even big pleasures God offers us.

Souvenirs of Solitude: Finding Rest in Abba's Embrace

Over the past few years I have found myself drawn to the disciplines of solitude and silence ... in this book, Brennan Manning offers insight and encouragement for practicing these often difficult disciplines.

Unconditional?: The call of Jesus to radical forgiveness

It's been said that unforgiveness is the greatest barrier to a vibrant relationship with Christ and with fellow believers. Based on my experience, I'd say this is true. In "Unconditional?" I was challenged to understand the radical forgiveness of Christ and realize my need to embrace that same unconditional forgiveness in my relationships with others.

The Way of Perfection

Definitely NOT the easiest read of 2012, but certainly one of the most profound and significant. Teresa of Avila has much to teach us in the modern church.

You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church...and Rethinking Faith

A must read for anyone in ministry, involved with students in any way, and parents! This book has helped me understand and engage with teenagers and young adults in an entirely new way.