Book Lists – Kindred Grace grace-filled conversations among kindred spirits Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Book Lists – Kindred Grace 32 32 Ultimate List of Free Kindle Books for Christian Readers Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:00:18 +0000 Ultimate List of Free Kindle Books for Christian Readers

How does a booklover pack for an extended out of state trip without going over the weight limit or leaving her beloved stack of books behind?

I’m the girl who never left the house–even for a grocery run–without a book in my bag. Packing for my first long trip posed a unique challenge. When it came down to deciding between clothing and books, books won. Who needs an extra pair of shoes when it means leaving out a favorite title that was beckoning from the bookshelf just feet away? I may have not been the most stylish girl that DC ever saw, but I did get to sit under a beautiful shade tree by the Potomac River and read a few lines from an old favorite while I rested my feet. I sometimes regretted not packing a second pair of shoes or a few extra shirts, but I never regretted having my books with me.

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6 Books to Grow Your Faith Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:00:55 +0000 6 Books to Grow Your Faith

“That is a good book it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.”
(Louisa May Alcott)

Did you ever sit on a phone book as a kid? Maybe you were too short to reach the table at grandma’s house and the latest, hefty edition of The Yellow Pages was commissioned as a sort of “booster.” Well, though phone books are quite endangered these days, books can always be a booster, a stepping stone or a staircase to new heights. Books can lift your spirit, raise your I.Q., and give the soul a hand up during trying times. Basically, books are elevators.

Literature has filled many roles for me throughout my life, including that of friend, fun, and faith-builder. This list focuses on that last role: these are the books that grew my faith.

1. Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

Starting out with quite the whopper, Tortured for Christ is definitely worth a mention.

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5 Books Every Storyteller Needs to Read Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:00:50 +0000 5 Books Every Storyteller Needs to Read

She comes up to me at church almost every Sunday, notebook in hand. “I have a new chapter for you to read!” I eagerly flip through the pages right then and there to discover what new sentences await in the story she’s penning. She’s half my age and reminds me of who I was in middle school: a storyteller in the making.

Are you a storyteller, too?

Whether you enthrall family and friends with your tales or shadow your skill of story-weaving while in public, you probably want to learn how to fuel and train your inner artist. These five books for fiction writers will help you hone your talent, through all the many steps of writing fiction!

5 Books for Fiction Writers
Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

K.M. Weiland runs the popular writing blog, Helping Writers Become Authors.

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The Easiest Way to Build Traditions at Christmastime Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:59:58 +0000 The Easiest Way to Build Traditions at Christmastime

It was the December I was ten years old. A family friend dropped the third volume of Christmas In My Heart in my lap a few days before Christmas.

I read it through three times that Christmas. And every year since, no matter what the weather is like or who I’m celebrating the season with, those Christmas stories are the thing I look forward to the most. When I unpack the Christmas things, I eagerly pull out each volume of Joe L. Wheeler’s Christmas books that I’ve collected since (I have five now!).

In a world where so much is uncertain from one year to the next, I cherish the continuity of reading from the same, familiar Christmas stories each year. I cherish them because Christmas stories seem to have an extra special dose of love and joy. Even during the dark days, they are there to remind us of that Christ still comes down to our humble homes as “God with Us”.

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Where to Start When You Want a Mentor (Or Want to Be One) Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:40:10 +0000 Where to Start When You Want a Mentor (Or Want to Be One)

Her name was Lynne. She had shoulder-length, wavy hair that was a blend of red and brown hues which framed her soft, pale face and infectious smile. Her titles were many: pastor’s wife, mother, homeschool mama, Sunday school teacher, puppet team coach, friend, and more. But I called her Mama Hobbes.

She was part of my life before I can even remember. I never asked her to be my mentor and she never asked if I wanted a mentor; she was just there. I was friends with her daughters, I was in her Jr. High Sunday School class, and I was on her puppet team. I was watching every moment and she used every opportunity to pour into me. There were moments that I challenged her and times when we disagreed. But from Mama Hobbes, I learned what it meant to be a pastor’s wife, even though at that time it was something I didn’t yet know I would need.

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best parenting books hand-picked by moms like you Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:03:22 +0000 best parenting books hand-picked by moms like you

I gave up on parenting books years before I became a mother. While many of my friends were devouring them in stacks, I found myself wandering a maze of conflicting opinions and parenting style wars that ranged from mild eye-rolling to outright heated controversy between people in my circles. And the older I got, the less I wanted to do with any kind of mommy wars–or the books that inspired them.

And when I finally picked up a book on parenting, it was so formula based that I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. My heart told me that children don’t fit into neat little boxes of expectations any more than relationships do. So, like the marriage books that I’d been disillusioned by, I just didn’t read any more parenting books.

But parenting is complicated. From the moment they placed that squishy pink bundle of baby in my arms, I knew that nothing I could have read would make me ready to be a good mom.

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books on motherhood that have challenged me Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:20:51 +0000 books on motherhood that have challenged me

Now I know why my mom never really finished books when we were growing up. Because now I have those same stacks of half-finished books everywhere — by the bed, near the couch, on my desk beneath my Bible. Each one is supposed to inspire me just by sitting there, right?  Can I absorb traits of excellent motherhood via visual osmosis?

Maybe not quite.  But they are a reminder of the truths hidden inside the covers, even if I don’t get to stick my nose into one of them for a refreshing chapter as often as I’d like. (I mean, really — what mom ever gets to read an entire chapter all in one sitting?!)

But the books on motherhood that I do keep around?  That are earning permanent dust-collecting status so I can constantly be challenged at least by the sight of them, if not by re-reading the words?  

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