My Best Books and Bible Studies of 2017
Best Books and Bible Studies of 2017. — Hey neighbors! Thanks for stopping by The Pineapple Porch! So anyone else still looking for some Christmas gifts? If you are, you came to the right place!
In my opinion, books are one of the best gifts you can get (and receive), and I have a great list for you! This list is compiled from the books I have read and enjoyed (if I didn’t like the book, I didn’t include it on the list) over 2017. First, you’ll find a list with a link to Amazon where you can read the book synopsis and add to your cart (through these links, you should be able to get any of these books before Christmas). Then, below that list, I will explain what each book is about and what I enjoyed about it. Lastly, in bold, you’ll see who I recommend the book for (example: the hostess, the history buff, etc).
My hope for you is that you will find some great gifts and maybe even some books for you to read for the new year! This list covers fiction, memoirs, Christian lifestyle, history, Bible study workbooks, devotionals, and more!
Let’s jump in! Happy reading and happy shopping, yall!
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Who doesn’t love Chip & Jo? Joanna Gaines shares her and Chip’s life stories and through it, you see the importance of trusting God’s providence when things don’t add up or make sense. If your journey isn’t turning out like you would like or if it’s taking a lot longer to get to your goals, this book will be super encouraging to you.
This book will be perfect for: The Chip & Jo Lover (aka anyone ever)
I actually bought this book for some home-decor photo inspo but got a lot more out of the author’s actual story in the book. One of my favorite things about this book is the photos of her home are not staged to perfection. In the book, you’ll see pictures with pillows out of place, shoes on the floor, or a blanket tossed on the couch. I love that Myquillyn chose to show what her home actually looks like on the daily….it proves there is still beauty in allowing some room to just live and be. Whether you just want to redecorate your bedroom or just bought your dream house, you will love the design tips and ideas along with the heart of what truly makes a house a home.
This book will be perfect for: The DIY & Home Decor Queen (or someone who got a new place this year!)
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Lara Casey did a great job of telling her story while also inspiring the reader with practical tips about reaching their goals. If you feel like the Lord has placed a dream or calling on your heart but you feel like you have a tendency get in your own way…this book is for you.
This book will be perfect for: The Go-Getter/Business Owner
Stormie OMartian starts out sharing her story and the incredible way Jesus rescued her…and continued to rescue her. She brings everything back to the basics but, at the same time, adds such profound wisdom that I underlined something in virtually every chapter.
This book will perfect for: The New Believer
Beth Moore has spent decades writing Bible studies but St. Silvanus is her first ever fiction novel. The setting is great, it’s full of suspense, love, humor and well-developed, interesting characters. I loved this read and I am really hoping for a sequel!
This book would be perfect for: The Character-Driven Fiction Lover
This study touches on a ton of subjects making it well-rounded and interesting. It also reminds us that the world the early church lived in was a lot more like our world now than we realize as the reminder still stands that it is vital to cling to the Word in a culture running the opposite direction.
This book is perfect for: Your Small Group
Based on his book, Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman breaks down what it looks like to be fully committed to Christ in our everyday lives. These short daily reads were just an added encouragement into my daily routine!
This book is perfect for: Anyone!
The Turquoise Table is about a picnic table that the author, Kristin Schell, painted turquoise and put in her front yard in an effort to get to know her neighbors and the people in her community. This resulted in a movement of people who began making conscious decisions to foster friendship and community in their own neighborhoods for the sake of the Gospel.
(Also, because of the hardback covers and vibrant photos throughout this book, along with The Nesting Place, they make great gifts and/or coffee table/shelf decor books as well!)
This book is perfect for: The Hospitable Heart
Yall. This one was just so good. This study takes you through topics like how to fulfill our specific callings, sharing the Gospel, the importance of faithfulness, what she has learned from over 30 years of ministry and a ton more. I can’t say enough about this study and it will be one that I continually go back to for reference for many years to come.
Also, don’t forget that we spent a month writing the book of 2 Timothy here on The Pineapple Porch as well! If you go through this study, hop on to the Writing the Word page and write the Word as you study for added benefits and depth!
This book is perfect for: The lady who loves the Word
Let’s All Be Brave is written in a memoir format but circles back around to deep life lessons that we all need to hear. All throughout the book Annie encourages the reader to be brave in the big and the little. And the beautiful thing about this book, you may actually realize you are braver than you think.
This book is perfect for: Teenagers and Young Adults
In this book, Shauna shares some of her favorite recipes and the stories behind them. I already have a list of her recipes that I can’t wait to try! While I don’t agree with Shauna on everything she says in this book, I do love her passion for her community and the remembering to search for the beauty that God bestows around us in the big and small.
This book is perfect for: The Hostess with the Mostest
Unfortunately, just because it’s a church doesn’t mean it’s healthy. This book is a short and easy read that really gets down to the nitty-gritty of what it looks like to be a healthy, Biblical, active church, and what our responsibility as a member of the Body of Christ should look like.
This book is perfect for: Every Single Believer
English Lessons is written as a memoir which is my favorite type of book. Andrea Lucado writes about her year attending school in Oxford, England. This is one of the most honest books I have ever read and it’s a beautiful testament to how patient and strong our God is, even when we are asking Him the hard questions.
This book is perfect for: young adults in transition or anyone who grew up in church
Christine Caine says, “God puts books in hands” and I believe that is exactly what He did for me with this book. The message that God is able to do “exceedingly abundantly beyond” all I ask or think is so incredibly timely in my life. Priscilla walks slowly through Ephesians 3:20-21 leaving you gleaming an incredible amount of information in just two short verses. I highly, highly suggest this book.
This book is perfect for: The lady waiting on God and His promises
Kelly talks about what it means when Colossians 3:12 says to “clothe” ourselves with the character of Christ. What I loved about this book was that Kelly does not give a list of things to do to look holy, instead she explains the heart of Christ and how He clothes us in His righteousness as a result of following Him.
This book is perfect for: anyone desiring to look more like Jesus.
Right now to finish out the year I am reading; The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp (a great Christmas devotional for anyone), Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly (perfect for the history buff), The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs (perfect for any lady at Christmas), and Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle (perfect for your faithful, servant-hearted friend).
Whew! We made it to the end! I hope you found some great and meaningful gift ideas! And make sure to check back soon for my 2018 reading list!
Best Books and Bible Studies of 2017
*These recommendations (along with all posts on The Pineapple Porch) and the authors that I read do not always reflect my exact beliefs or opinions on all subjects. Please always read and study with Scripture and the Holy Spirit as your guide for truth!
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