I asked the writers of Middle Places to share some of their favorite books from 2015 and the readers in the group turned up quite a list. So in no particular order, here are our favorite reads from 2015:
- The Lunar Chronicals by Marissa Meyer. SO MUCH FUN! Your favorite fairy tale marries a cyborg filled future.
- Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. A book about finding God in unexpected places, was a healing balm to my soul in a spiritually difficult time for me.
- Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey. Her message about the beautiful diversity of God’s church makes me want to fall in love with church all over again.
- Better than Before. I’m obsessed with Gretchen Rubins systemic exploration of happiness and change. This book about how we develop and maintain habits is fascinating.
- Big Magic – Reading Big Magic is like sitting down to discuss courage, creativity and passion over a big plate of brownies and a glass of wine. It’s simply inspiring and wonderfully encouraging.
- Go set a Watchman. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time so I read Go set a watchman with a great deal of trepidation, and was not disappointed. Don’t look for a sequal, but let the book stand on its own, despite the familiar characters, and be amazed at the insight of how a truly great story is birthed.
- Joyland – If you have ever wondered about all the hype surrounding Stephen King but just can’t stand the scary stuff, this is for you. It’s everything wonderful, nostalgic and spellbinding about his work without the unmentionables
- Wonder by R J Palacio was AMAZING. It’s a kids’ book about a boy with facial deformities. Really good.
- Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis. I quoted it in a few blog posts this year.
- Wearing God by Lauren Winner
- Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
- Oblations by Rachel M Srubas
- Embracing the Body by Tara Owens. Our bodies are more good than we can possibly imagine them to be. And yet at times we may struggle with feelings of shame and guilt or even pride in regard to our bodies
- Tattered and Mended by Cynthia Ruchti. A beautiful testimony to the fact that our lives can be beautiful even when we feel worn out and used up.
- I’m Happy For You (Sort of … Not Really) by Kay Wills Wyma A fun book about the comparison trap and practical steps to help you stay out of it without having to give up technology.
- Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey. I’m always met with skepticism when I bring up this book, but I loved Sarah’s picture of what a feminist truly is and why we should all gladly claim that title.
- Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay. A fun read incorporating feasting and celebrating and a sweet romance vibe, that Jane Austen fans are sure to love.
- For the Love by Jen Hatmaker. There were some gut kicks mixed in with some belly laughs in this essay style book by Jen Hatmaker. It’s a little different from her usual fare, but I still loved it. And everybody needs to laugh once in a while, too.
- Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong. This was a practical guide to handling change … especially the unexpected variety, which is what we usually encounter.
- Savor by Shauna Niequist. This is a short devotion everyday of the year. While I didn’t pop it open every day, it was always timely when I did. She has some powerful truths wrapped up in this pretty book.