I read some really great books this year and wanted to share some of them with you in this edition of my 2010 Favourites. I'll give each book a brief review/summary and try not to spoil any of them for you if you have not read them yet yourself. I've listed them in no particular order.
by Mei-Ling Hopgood
Mei-Ling Hopgood's memoir Lucky Girl is about the author's complex family tree, from her biological Chinese parents who chose adoption for her to her adoptive Michigan parents who loved her unconditionally. As a reader you will follow her through her post college years as a successful journalist, join her on her wedding day bliss, really feel the love and warmth that she shared with her adoptive parents, and then join her on her journey to meet her birth parents. All this storytelling is done with humor, sincerity and self examination. It really is an epic tale that weaves together so many lives, emotions and discoveries. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
by FR. Frank A. Pavone
This is an excellent Pro-Life resource. The book is a collection of 100 short essays well-organized into eight parts: The Activists, The Arguments, The Women, The Babies, The Celebrations, The Abortionists, The Government, and The Church. They are very well written and cover pretty much all the angles on abortion. You'll not only learn a lot from Father Pavone, but learn about his experiences as well. Quite possibly the most compelling part of this book is the challenge Father Pavone makes to all of us: to not merely make abortion illegal but to "make abortion unthinkable". I highly recommend this book to not just Pro-Life minded people but to those who are "on the fence " and those who fully support the act of abortion. We can all stand to gain something from this book.
by John MacArthur
I did an in depth review on this book through a series of weekly blog posts. You can view those HERE.
In short, The women MacArthur chose as subjects for this book are: Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Anna, The Samaritan Woman, Martha and Mary, Mary Magdalene and Lydia. I enjoyed the closer look into the lives of these women because it brought a greater understanding of lives they lived and how God was the key to each of their extraordinary legacies. This book also provided much self-reflection and acted as a daily devotional where I was able to deepen my relationship with my Saviour. MacArthur opens the book by saying: "My prayer for you is that as you read this book you will share their faith, imitate their faithfulness, and learn to love the Savior whose work in their lives made them truly extraordinary. Your life can be extraordinary, too, by His wonderful grace." This too is my prayer for anyone who reads this book.
by Lee Strobel
Strobel actually wrote a three-part series The Case For Christ, The Case For Faith and The Case For A Creator - this was my favourite in that series. I do not have a background in science but have a strong desire to understand it. I married a Chemist who is great at breaking things down so that someone with very little scientific knowledge can understand and that is what this book does. It lays out the scientific evidence to support intelligent design in a way that the average person can understand and appreciate. While I enjoyed the book, I thoroughly enjoyed the film based on this book. I am a much more visual person so it really emphasized the facts for me and I enjoyed the interviews by respected scholars and scientist. It leaves very little room for skepticism. I recommend you read all of the books in this series by Lee Strobel.
by Lee Ezell
This is a true story written about Lee Ezell's own personal life experiences. At a very young age Lee found herself in a very bad situation. She was raped and became pregnant as a result of that rape. Ezell shares some insight into the thoughts and questions a woman in her situation faces, how amidst her struggles she turned to God and ultimately chose adoption for her baby. She talks about life before, during and after her pregnancy and adoption and how she eventually reunites with her daughter after many years. It is a story about life, choices and love. It is definitely a recommended read.
What books did you read that you would recommend? Please list them below!