10 Christian Classics Everyone Should Read

10 Christian classics everyone should read

When we think of the classics we tend to think of Jane Austen, Christian Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Harper Lee, among others. There are also Christian classics. Such as C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien. They might not be as widely known as some popular classic novels but they are just as good nevertheless.

How do I determine if a book is a classic? They were one time or are still a bestseller and was published before 2000.

So without further ado, here are 10 Christian classics everyone should read:

**Just click on the title below to be taken to Amazon to read the synopsis and purchase if desired. I didn’t want to make this post too long! ;)

Voice In The Wind by Francine Rivers

Published: 1998

Voice in the Wind was one of my absolute favorites last year. This book absolutely tore me to pieces. It was heartbreaking but I also loved the underlining messages in this book. I do think they should make a TV Series from this series - I think it would do very well if the right director picked it up.

You can read my full review —-> HERE

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Published: 1991

Another classic by Francine Rivers. This was Francine River’s first book when she transitioned into Christian fiction. It is also one of her best sellers and is often recommended and referenced in the Christian fiction genre. This book was also going to be turned into a movie but alas it couldn’t get the funding the director wanted ($30 million) to make it a success.

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Published: 1950 - 1956

We all probably have seen the movies or have heard the synopsis of this book. But I think everyone should at least read this series once. It’s a classic and you can’t beat a good fantasy!

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Published: 1945

Another classic by C.S. Lewis. The Great Divorce is about a man on a bus with others that start to reflect their own life and how they died. It’s one of those books that will make you think and remember well after reading it. It’s also a very popular book used in Christian Bible studies, Church Groups, etc.

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Published: 1678

This is probably the oldest book mentioned here. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature. It has been translated into more than 200 languages and has never been out of print. What’s unique about this book is that it’s a continuative narrative with no chapters. There are also 11 editions total. I remember reading this in High School (I took a literature class) and I remember finding it very interesting despite it being a little hard to read.

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

Published: 1979

This was probably the very first Christian historical fiction I have read. It’s one of my top favorites to this day. I also adore the movie even though some don’t like how it’s different from the book. It’s a beautiful story that reminds us about how God gives us second chance at love and how to forgive as well.

When Calls The Heart by Janette Oke

Published: 1983

As with Love Comes Softly, When Calls the Heart was another first. Janette Oke was probably my favorite author during my late teen years (18-20). This series is now a TV show on the Hallmark Channel and the 6th season will be premiered this weekend. Who also loves this show?!

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Published: 1932-1943

Who else loved Little House On The Prairie growing up? I remember reading the series as a young child and then watching the TV series as I grew older. It’s just one of those heartwarming series that’s fun to watch/read! I think it’s a must read!

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Published: 1995

If you are married this is a must! It’s such a useful tool and recommended so many times by therapists, church leaders, etc. The concept of this book is that each of us have a specific love language and once we know what our love language is (and others) we can communicate and love more easily.

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth

Published: 2001

Ok, this was published after 2000 but I think it’s one of those books that’s recommended everywhere. It’s also one of my favorite Christian non fiction books. It really will transform how you think as a woman after you are this!

What Christian classics are your favorites? Share in the comments below!

the caffeinated bibliophile

10 Christian Books To Read This Valentine's Day

christian books to read for valentine's day

It’s Valentine’s Day next week and what better time to read a good romance novel! Romance novels always make me read with a smile on my face. They definitely lift my mood and make me feel happy!

Here are 10 books I recommend reading for Valentine’s Day:

*Just click on the image to be taken to Amazon to read the synopsis and purchase if desired.

You can read my review of The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby —-> HERE

You can enter to win a copy of Brunch of Bittersweet Cafe —-> HERE (hurry giveaway ends tomorrow!)

Do you typically read a romance book around this time of year? If so, which one are you going to read?

the caffeinated bibliophile

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Lose Weight With The Help of These 8 Christian Books

Christian books to read to help you loose weight

Loosing weight can be challenging. One day you finally got it down- you exercised, eat 3 healthy meals, and didn’t snack too much. Then the next day you fall off the bandwagon and eat a slice of pie and maybe a few other sweets. We all have been there. I have been there! What’s important is that we move forward and continue to try to live a healthier lifestyle. And know that it’s ok to treat yourself once in a while. ;)

It’s important to have God along with you when you decide to loose weight or live a healthier lifestyle. Having him there along the way will help you tremendously. He will help you navigate through your fears, doubts, and worries.

And books can be helpful too. There are so many fitness/health related books out there, that it’s so hard to know which one’s to choose! And it’s hard finding one’s that focus specifically on God.

Therefore, here are 8 Christian Books to read to help you live a healthier lifestyle!:

Healthy By Design by Cathy Morenzie

If God truly cares, then why does food feel like an unending battle that you're fighting alone? You want to believe the next diet will be different but it feels like you're never really going to keep the weight off. Truth is, God deeply cares about every aspect of your being and has created you to be healthy by design. Somewhere along the line you've gotten off-track, without knowing it, so what you know should be easy; feels impossible. This 21 day daily devotional teaches you essential spiritual truths about your weight loss journey in simple, easy to digest, daily readings and exercises. This is not a how-to book, but instead shows you the patterns that have kept you in bondage, and the biblical truths that will set you free. Shifting your perspective and focus so weight loss comes naturally from a place of self-love and Godly devotion instead of endless diets and will-power that lead to despair and self-loathing. Stop fighting the battle, let God be your guide.

Freedom From Emotional Eating by Barb Raveling

Do you eat when you’re bored? Or when you're worried or stressed out? Is it something you do for fun or to avoid doing something else? If so . . . the truth will set you free!

In this Bible study, you’ll get hands-on experience with taking off the lies that make you overeat and putting on the truth that will set you free from the control of food. Through daily Bible studies and practical renewing-of-the-mind tools such as truth journaling and Scripture prayers, you’ll develop a habit of going to God rather than food for help with life.

Think & Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Science is beginning to understand that our thinking has a deep and complicated relationship with our eating. Our thoughts before, during, and after eating profoundly impact our food choices, our digestive health, our brain health, and more. Yet most of us give very little thought to our food beyond taste and basic nutritional content.

In this revolutionary book, Dr. Caroline Leaf packs an incredible amount of information that will change readers' eating and thinking habits for the better. Rather than getting caught up in whether we should go raw or vegan, gluten-free or paleo, Leaf shows readers that every individual is unique, has unique nutritional needs, and has the power to impact their own health through the right thinking. There's no one perfect solution. Rather, she shows us how to change the way we think about food and put ourselves on the path towards health. 

The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren

Here’s the secret sauce: The Daniel Plan is designed to be done in a supportive community relying on God’s instruction for living.

When it comes to getting healthy, two are always better than one. Our research has revealed that people getting healthy together lose twice as much weight as those who do it alone. God never meant for you to go through life alone and that includes the journey to health.

Unlike the thousands of other books on the market, this book is not about a new diet, guilt-driven gym sessions, or shame-driven fasts. The Daniel Plan shows you how the powerful combination of faith, fitness, food, focus, and friends will change your health forever, transforming you in the most head-turning way imaginably―from the inside out.

God Cures by Damon Davis

The numbers are staggering. More than a billion people live with chronic pain. Yet the perfect human body was created to repair and heal itself. Why are so many millions of people living well beneath healthy? Why does homeostasis seem so far from our experience?

Damon Davis believes there is a way to connect all the dots for a life of wholeness and balance that reaps the benefits of God’s natural path of the interplay of spirit, soul, and body. Davis offers an in-depth profile of his life and health history and explains how sickness is often an accumulation of emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wounds that take their toll over months and years. Readers take hold of the knowledge, tools, and motivation to leverage God’s curing design.

Let Food Be Your Medicine by Don Colbert

Most of us think God is not concerned with what we eat, but the Bible actually offers great insight and instruction about the effects of food on our bodies. Dr. Colbert introduces a revolutionary sugar detox method, combined with an anti-inflammatory form of the modified Mediterranean diet that resolves a broad spectrum of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cancer, and osteoarthritis. Just imagine -- understanding how food alone can produce mental clarity, balanced weight, and longevity. Includes meal plans.

Seven Sundays by Alec Penix

So many of the books within the diet and fitness space focus on vanity or superficial reasons for striving for personal health and wellbeing. Is it any wonder then that a motivation that’s so surface-level has such a slim chance of working long-term? But Alec Penix believes that all things are possible if you use faith as your bedrock.
Seven Sundays is a six-week program that shows you how easy it is to undergo your own total transformation. The book is organized as a day-by-day journey in the same manner as a daily devotional. Over the course of each week, you will work on the “6 Pillars of Purpose” that build up this strength. You will also enjoy “Faith-Full” foods and explore a new spiritual theme each week. Ultimately, you’ll undertake a meaningful journey that will finally connect your body and spirit.

Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure

Bure’s healthy lifestyle has been featured in US Weekly and People magazines as well as national talk shows including The View and NBC’s Today. In Reshaping It All, she continues the story, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront, making wise choices, and finding their worth in the eyes of God. Candace shares a candid account of her struggle with food and ultimately her healthy outlook on weight despite the toothpick-thin expectations of Hollywood.

More than a testimony, here is a motivational tool that will put readers on the right track and keep them there. In addition to practical advice, Candace offers a biblical perspective on appetite and self control that provides encouragement to women, guiding them toward freedom.

Have you ever gone through weight loss? If so, how did you loose the weight? Share in the comments and inspire others!

the caffeinated bibliophile
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Christian Books To Read For The New Year

Christian Books To Read For The New Year

This coming Tuesday is the 1st of January. I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by.

With that, it’s the most popular time of the year for people to set resolutions. There are so many amazing books out there that will help you with achieving your goals. Such as creating a simpler life, living a minimalist life, making time for yourself, etc.

Here are 10 books I recommend to help achieve your new years goals!:

Restoration Year by John Eldredge

This 365-day devotional is comprised of short readings that guide you on a year-long journey of restoration. Each devotion features a Bible verse, a devotion, and a closing prayer or inspiring challenge that will equip you to pursue lasting transformation in your life and relationships.

Packaged to appeal to both men and women, the devotional will cover a variety of topics, including relating to God, understanding who God really is, sustaining friendships, deepening relationships with family members, understanding the future God has planned for us, and more.

All Things New by John Eldredge

This revolutionary book about our future is based on the simple idea that, according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home--the New Earth is. As Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew, the next chapter of our story begins with "the renewal of all things," by which he means the earth we love in all its beauty, our own selves, and the things that make for a rich life: music, art, food, laughter and all that we hold dear. Everything shall be renewed "when the world is made new."

More than anything else, how you envision your future shapes your current experience. If you knew that God was going to restore your life and everything you love any day; if you believed a great and glorious goodness was coming to you--not in a vague heaven but right here on this earth--you would have a hope to see you through anything, an anchor for your soul, "an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God" (Hebrews 6:19).

Most Christians (most people for that matter) fail to look forward to their future because their view of heaven is vague, religious, and frankly boring. Hope begins when we understand that for the believer nothing is lost. Heaven is not a life in the clouds; it is not endless harp-strumming or worship-singing. Rather, the life we long for, the paradise Adam and Eve knew, is precisely the life that is coming to us. And that life is coming soon.

Meet The New You by Elisa Pulliam

As women, we are constantly evaluating ourselves. Am I enough? Why can’t I change this certain thing about myself? Should I be doing more? 
 
We long for real, deep, lasting change—but we don’t know how to begin. In Meet the New You, Elisa Pulliam empowers women to take charge of their own life transformation by engaging in a meaningful relationship with God and His Word. Each chapter gives practical and interactive ways to address some of the biggest obstacles that stand in the way of permanent change. Through stories, biblical application, personality assessments, thought-provoking questions, and life-coaching principles, Meet the New You helps women:
·         understand who they are
·         cultivate a vision for who they want to become
·         recognize what holds them back
·         determine the steps necessary to  put new, practical habits into action
 
It’s time to discover who you really are and how you can live life differently. It’s time to meet the new you!

Cultivate by Lara Casey

Women often feel like they have to have it all together in order to live a meaningful life. Instead they feel inadequate, overwhelmed, and exhausted as they to figure out how to do it all. Author, business owner, and mom to three Lara Casey offers sound and grace-filled advice: “We can’t do it all, and do it well. But, we can choose to cultivate what matters.”

Welcome to the journey of getting messy in the rich soil of possibility—embracing imperfect, grace-filled progress to grow a life of joy.

Written as part encouragement anthem and part practical guide, Cultivate offers wisdom from God’s Word alongside lessons Lara has learned in her garden. Woven throughout is her personal story that helps release readers from the pressure to achieve and gives them freedom to move from planning to planting a meaningful legacy. “It’s in the imperfect—the mess of the dirt--that good things grow,” Casey reminds readers. “Peonies grow through the dirt, and so do we.” Readers will learn to embrace the season they’re in, finding balance as they interact in fresh ways with their current life scenarios, with God, and in the communities where they are planted.

Special features include

  • Actionable Cultivate It prompts throughout the book

  • A ten-week Cultivate Together discussion guide with questions for small groups

  • “Grace from the Garden” vignettes provide encouragement and inspiration

Find the joy and the freedom that comes in cultivating what matters, little by little, with God’s transforming grace.

Hello Mornings by Kat Lee

Don't worry; you don’t have to be a morning person to start each new day well. Join Kat Lee and thousands of women from countries around the world who have learned to maximize their mornings. In Hello Mornings, Kat introduces a simple yet powerful three-minute morning routine that integrates Bible study, planning, and fitness into a foundational morning habit that fits into every schedule. She then helps you build each of these core habits for life-long growth.

Everyone can find three minutes. And instead of adding one more thing to the list, Hello Mornings lifts the weight off women by revealing a grace-filled way to establish a powerful morning routine that offers

  • a simple way to incorporate the most-sought-after daily habits into a simple morning routine: God. Plan. Move.

  • the latest research on habit formation and development

  • practical tools to help readers develop and grow their own personalized, adaptable plan for mornings

  • stories of transformed mornings from women in every season and stage of life

Hello Mornings helps readers renovate their mornings to establish and grow a powerful daily routine—a long-term, Jesus-centered habit to anchor them in every season. Each morning can then become a launch pad into God’s amazing plan for their lives.

Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith

More Style, Less Stuff

Cozy Minimalism isn’t about going without or achieving a particular new, modern style. Nope. It’s simply a mindset that helps you get whatever style YOU LOVE with the fewest possible items.

You want a warm, cozy, inviting home, without using more resources, money, and stuff than needed. Why use more if you don't have to?

In Cozy Minimalist Home, accidental stylist and bestselling author Myquillyn Smith guides you step by step on making purposeful design decisions for your home. You'll have the tools to transform your home starting with what you already have, and using just enough of the right furniture and decor to create a home you're proud of in a way that honors your personal priorities, budget, and style. No more fretting when it comes to decorating your house! 

In Cozy Minimalist Home, Myquillyn Smith helps you

  • Realize your role as the curator of your home who makes smart, style-impacting design choices

  • Finally know what to focus on, and what not to worry about when it comes to your home

  • Discover the real secret to finding your unique style—it has nothing to do with those style quizzes

  • Understand how to find a sofa you won't hate tomorrow

  • Deconstruct each room and then re-create it step by step with a fail proof process

  • Create a pretty home with more style and less stuff—resulting in backwards decluttering!

  • Finish your home and have it looking the way you've always hoped so you can use it the way you've always dreamed 

A Simplified Life by Emily Ley

Do you long to simplify the demands on your time, energy, and resources? Have complicated responsibilities, overwhelming to-do lists, and endless clutter left you feeling overwhelmed?

Busy wife, mom, entrepreneur, and bestselling author Emily Ley knows how you feel. With a growing family, increased work demands, and more, she understands the struggle it is to keep the plates spinning.

In A Simplified Life, you’ll find Emily’s strategies, systems, and methods for permanently clearing the clutter, organizing your priorities, and living intentionally in 10 key areas—from your home and meal planning, to style and finances, parenting, faith life, and more. Emily will show you how to truly make the most of your days with realistic, achievable, and tactical tools.

Walk alongside Emily through each page of the book, working through her simple strategies toward your own goals as you simplify and make space for what matters most.

Sacred Rest by Saundra Dalton-Smith

How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life? In SACRED REST, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional.

Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research-physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, creative-and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. SACRED REST combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.

By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, SACRED REST gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.

Finding Selah by Kristen Kill

The Psalms call it selah—the pause, rest, or interlude between the notes in a song. More than merely an empty space, selah is a chance to stop and resync with the story and song of God. For all the ways life keeps you running, this word and practice offers a way to re-center yourself on the One who holds all things together and makes all things beautiful.

Stretched beyond her capacity in caring for a large family in the middle of Manhattan, Kristen Kill was exhausted, depressed, and desperate for a change. Then something sparked within her when she read the Psalms, and found that often all that stood between the psalmist’s cries for help and celebrations of praise was this simple word, selah.

Join Kristen in Finding Selah for a journey that will transform the way you think about work, rest, and the little spaces in between that make all the difference. This book will show you how to tune your ear to the song God is singing over you, embrace the “selah moments” able to transform your daily rhythms, and most of all, encounter the ultimate Selah in Christ, who stands in the gap between heaven and your most hectic of days. There is hope for the dissonance you feel. Finding Selah will show you not only how to sing a new song, but to live a new way.

Habits of the Heart by Katherine Butler

Are you “out of shape” spiritually? Do you long for a life that is fully and deeply engaged with the Creator? Does your heart ache to be transformed by God? Real change happens only when we train ourselves to be in the habit of exercising our hearts in the practice of godliness. The Bible says that training the body is of some value, but the most important thing we can do is to train our spirit. Habits of the Heart will help you develop practices that draw you into a deeper and lasting relationship with God. Each day of the year, this simple guide will help you focus on one essential aspect of your walk with God and show you how to make it a habit.

Yay, you made it through! I hope this has helped you find some new books to help you with your new years resolutions.

What are your new years resolutions or do you not do them? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

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