Reading is one of those things I have loved ever since I can remember. These days, it is harder to find the time, but it is still one of my passions. Here I will share some of my favourites – books that inspire, books that build you up, that restore your soul. Books that are plain good fun, books that burn their way into your soul.

Classics

These books must be my favourites of all time. Beaten-up old paperbacks that have been on the shelf of every home I have ever lived in.

The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

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A classic coming-of-age tale about the greasers and the socs, rival gangs from the opposite sides of the town and the social scale. Ponyboy Curtis and his brothers Darry and Sodapop struggle to keep their family together and their lives on the right track after their parents are killed in a car accident.  When Ponyboy becomes mixed up in a street fight, it has tragic consequences. Tearjerkingly awesome. A rite-of-passage teenage read – at any age.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

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A beautiful tale of four sisters growing up in the Belgian Congo as daughters of an American missionary. Set in 1959, it charts their childhood and journey into adulthood amidst the ever-changing political landscape of the Belgian Congo. An amazingly complex, touching and delicately woven story of love, loss and faith.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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What’s not to love? An all-time classic story.

Books to build your faith

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

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Got to be my all-time favourite faith read. As some-one who has always been in love with books and words, I cannot tell you how much I love finding a book that is not only good for the soul, but genuinely, amazingly written. I love this for the startlingly beautiful prose as much as I do the message of hope, redemption and grace offered by simply taking note of the things we have around us and being thankful for them . Read it and be changed! Also – The Greatest Gift. The perfect Advent companion.

Anything by Jennie Allen

The book that first challenged me to think about how much I took my life and my ‘stuff’ for granted, and inspired me to question the inbuilt sense of entitlement that I never knew I had. If you want to be inspired to make your life count, read this book!

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And now – Restless by Jennie Allen. I am halfway through Jennie’s new book and it’s equally brilliant. Full review soon!

Love Does by Bob Goff

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Funny, slightly irreverent (always good in a Christian book!) thought-provoking and life-affirming. what more could you ask for? This book will make you laugh out loud, and inspire you to want to be a better you. Well, it did me anyway….