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Subject: Must Reads?
Date Posted: 11/9/2007 4:38 PM ET
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I have a few credits and I'm wondering what your answers would be to the following question.

Apart from the Bible {I have several of those :) } what one book would you say most had an impact on you or even "changed your life" and why?  It could be fiction or non-fiction.  Just wanting to use my credits and can't pin down what I want to get.



Date Posted: 11/9/2007 4:55 PM ET
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It's not Christian fiction, but I loved Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate.  It had a lot of good in it!

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 8:48 PM ET
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I have been reading the Yada Yada Prayer Group series, and I've enjoyed every moment of them! The first book was The Yada Yada Prayer Group.

They are about a group of very different women who meet at a prayer confrence, and become friends. I really enjoy books about women friends! :  )

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 8:48 PM ET
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Oh-and Brenda is right, Tending Roses was very good!

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 6:59 AM ET
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I loved redeeming Love by francine rivers. It is a must read in my book.... It is a great reflection of what Jesus has done and does for us each day.   Great fiction book with lots of truth mixed in. 


Carey A.

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 12:59 PM ET
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My top 2 favorite books of all times are:  Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and Pretense by Lori Wick!  They were WONDERFUL!  I have read almost all books by both authors and they are awesome.  The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers is very good!  Hope you get the opportunity to read some of these! 

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 3:40 PM ET
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Next to the Bible, there are two books that have had a profound impact on my life and my Christian walk. When giving my testimony of Christian growth I refer to these books often.

Experiencing God by Blackaby/King. I actually went through the workbook/Bible study but I noticed it is a book as well. It really taught me how to be in God's will and to discern how God speaks to His people.

Lies Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh Demoss. Very and straightforward and honest, based on Scripture.  Brings to light "lies" that women commonly by into and takes the reader back to the Bible to see what scripture says on these topics. Not for the easily offended! (or maybe it is... hmmm?...)

Hey Ange, you never told us what books have impacted you :)


Date Posted: 11/11/2007 11:53 PM ET
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A book that greatly impacted me is An Arrow Pointing to Heaven - a "devotional biography" of Rich Mullins.  I was already a big Rich Mullins fan, but reading this book not only made me appreciate him more (and made me even more sad at the loss of him), but it challenged me as to the way I live my life and how I could change.  Great book.

A book that I just read recently and has made a huge impact is Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers.  It really helps me change the way I think.  I'm now using the Battlefield of the Mind devotional and it's been very helpful as well.

At church, we just started a study group based on What's So Amazing About Grace by Phillip Yancey.  While I've only read a few chapters of the book and only had the first two study sessions so far, it's already been challenging me and changing the way I think and (hopefully) the way I deal with others. 

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 7:07 PM ET
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Another one that had a huge impact on me (other than some mentioned above, they are all awesome books) is Confessions of a Good Christian Girl by Tammy Maltby. It really changed my perspective about my faith and sin.


Date Posted: 11/14/2007 8:22 AM ET
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I am currently reading Captivating by John & Staci Eldredge and I can honestly say that it is transforming my life!

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 8:31 AM ET
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Wild At Heart by John Eldredge

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

The Barbarian Way by Edwin Raphael McMannus

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 9:17 AM ET
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I thoroughly enjoyed "Blue Like Jazz" ... I would like to read it again.  Has anyone read any of his other books?

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Date Posted: 11/14/2007 9:26 AM ET
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Thank you for all your responses.  I have read several of the ones mentioned.

As far as books that have impacted me.  In novels Francine Rivers does have a way of telling a story and exhorting us to a more godly life.  I love that. 

For non fiction.  Amy Carmichael is one of my favorites.  If you don't know who she is, she was a missionary in India for the first half of the 20th century and a prolific writer.  She spent the last 21 years of her life bed ridden but never left India.  Her ministry was to rescue little boys and girls from the Hindu temples which would prostitute and abuse them in the name of spirituality.  Her booklets "If", and "Candles in the Dark" are books I turn to over and over again to remind me what true Christian love and service is.

Right now I love anything by K.P. Yohanan.  Not well known either.  He's the founder of Gospel for Asia .  I don't have a special affinity for Asian missions it's just coincidental that both of these authors have their focus there.  Anyway K.P. has a series of booklets which are dynamic again for Christian service.  I have one on my book list if you're interested.  His book on world missions is also on my list and I'll throw in his little booklet if anyone is interested.  I love reading people's work who's life reflects what they write and these two were/are completely surrendered to God.  What awesome examples!

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 10:16 AM ET
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Well, as far as non-fiction, I would HIGHLY recommend The Slumber of Christianity by Ted Dekker or Return to Modesty by Wendy Shalit. As far as Christian fiction, I think the ONLY fiction book that I've read more than once was Though None Go With Me. It was turned into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie but didn't follow the book exactly. The book is better...isn't it always!

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 2:07 PM ET
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Although I don't think she's a Christian Angelina Jolie's book "Notes from my Travels" made me want to get more involved in missions work.

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 12:35 PM ET
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Check out Practicing the Presence of God by brother lawrence, its an absolutely amazing book,

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 4:18 PM ET
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I don't know about it being a "change your life" book, but one of the most moving books I've read in a while was Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.  I highly recommend it.


Date Posted: 12/3/2007 5:12 PM ET
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Christopher P... yes I actually read that book last year - extremely valuable.

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 10:31 AM ET
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I would agree with Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and Captivating by John and Stasi Eldridge. I would also like to add Safely Home by Randy Alcorn, Deadline by Randy Alcorn, Hinds Feet on HIgh Places and Mountains of Spices by Hannah Hurnard. Good luck!