Top Twelve Books That I Read In 2014

The final count is in, and I read 63 books in 2014!  I was pretty surprised when I saw that number - I think that is my record for books read in one year, at least since having kids!  Usually at the end of each year I do a "books I read" list, but 63 is a lot of books, so I'm just going to tell you my favorites from the year.  I was trying so hard to stick to ten, but there are actually 11 here - I just couldn't narrow it down!  In no particular order . . .


I Will Carry You by Angie Smith - Oh my goodness, from the moment I picked this book up I just could't put it down, and I cried through the whole thing.  I usually don't like to cry, but the way Smith tells the story of losing her fourth daughter is so beautiful and touching that I had to include this one.

The Politcally Incorrect Wife by Nancy Cobbs and Connie Grigsby - This book takes a tough subject for many Christian women to swallow - biblical submission - and makes it understandable.  I was convicted and challenged by this book, and I'm thinking I need to read it again.

I'm No Angel by Kylie Bisutti - This book is written by a former Victoria's Secret "Angel".  I thought it was interesting and it opened my eyes to the dark sides of the modeling industry.  Very enlightening.

What To Expect When No One's Expecting by Jonathan V. Last - This book discusses the social ramifications of recent generations having less children.  This book made me laugh, made me think, and made me want to have more kids.

Rush Revere And The Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh - I love Rush, so I had to read one of his new children's books!  And I have to say, I was so impressed.  This book is fun and I can see how kids would love it - and they can learn solid history in the process!  Regardless of what you think about Rush, this book is a great way to teach American history to kids.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi - This book is Qureshi's testimony of how he went from being a devoted Muslim to a Christian and an apologist, and it all started with a college friendship.  I couldn't put it down!

Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris - This book is an overview of basic theological concepts, and I thought it was so well-written - it made me want to dig deeper into theology.  I could also see how much Harris has grown up since "I Kissed Dating Goodbye".

Compelling Interest by Roger Resler - This book basically covers the legal history of Roe v. Wade, and how it has impacted culture.  I never knew the facts of that case, so it was fascinating to me to read how it all went down.  I am pro-life, and though this book is written by a pro-life author, I think it would be interesting for anyone to read.

America: Imagine A World Without Her by Dinesh D'Souza - I am unapologetically conservative, and if you are more liberal leaning, you would probably hate this book.  I loved it though.  It explained so many concepts that had been a little fuzzy to me.  I thought the way D'Souza analyzed historical events was fair, and his summary of the current state of the country was very interesting.

Directed Verdict by Randy Singer - Singer writes law fiction, and he has been compared with John Grisham, only he writes from a Christian perspective.  I always enjoy his books, but this one is probably my favorite book of his!

Fatherless by James Dobson - If you follow me on Instagram, you've already heard me mention this one - this is a fiction book that follows the current trends relating to families into the future, to their inevitable conclusions.  It was a subtle dystopian novel, but it was made more terrifying to me because I can actually see these things happening!  So interesting, and I couldn't stop reading.

A Broken Kind Of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert - I didn't read a lot of fiction that I loved this year, but this is one from the bunch that I really enjoyed.  The story was good, with an understated romance, and I like Ganshert's writing style.

To see all the books I read in 2014, check out my 2014 Goodreads shelf!

What was your favorite book from 2014?  Any recommendations for me for 2015?

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kelseylynae said...

Just added several of these to my list! Thank you. I've heard great things about Rush's children's books and want to check them out soon. I recently read "The Shaping of a Christian Family" by Elisabeth Elliot. Loved it. The first 10 chapters are slow because they are just about her mom growing up, but then 11 and on are excellent. I reread "Loving the Little Years" and found it just as beneficial as the first time I read it. Reread "A Thousand Miles in a Million Years" by Donald Miller and did the Storyline process [which is phenomenal if you have the time], and just got his newest book "Scary Close" to review and am enjoying it [about developing true intimacy in our relationships]. I am also in the middle of all of the Anne of Green Gables books and they are just so wonderful if you've never read them. And I just finished "Wonder" for a book club and it's quick young adult read that makes you find hope in the goodness of kids/teens [It also made me wonder if the author is a Christian]. There are more, but that's a start ;) [Oh, and I just finished "Seabiscuit" because I loved "Unbroken". Very detailed but an excellent story if you've never read it.]

"Jesus Prom" and "AHA" [Kyle Idleman] were both pretty good/quick reads in regards to Christian life as well.

I could talk about books all day…sorry! :)

Callie said...

Oh, I could totally talk about books all day too! I think I annoy people sometimes, haha! 😀 Thank you so much for the recommendations, I'm going to check those out!

Anonymous said...

Callie, as a new reader and IG follower, I do not know how you manage to read all of these books and look as stylish and put together as you do with three little ones :) I do not have any children and I have trouble finding time working full time to read anything, let alone look as cute as you do! :) You will have to share your time management tips and thank you for this book list :)

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