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Between school and the stay-at-home order we had earlier this year, I read a lot of great books in 2020, and I’m excited to share my favorites!
8. The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson. This is a historical fiction novel that kept me engaged the whole way through and had a few twists I didn’t predict. I’ve only read a few of this author’s books, but I’m eager to devour more!
7. The Holiday Husband by Jenny B. Jones. If you like Hallmark movies and/or witty writing, this is the book for you this holiday season. I buy everything Jones writes without even knowing what it’s about, because everything she writes is hilarious.
6. P.S. Goodbye by Tari Faris. This one is free on Amazon and didn’t disappoint! It’s the first book I’ve read by this author and I promptly ordered the rest of the series. It’s also quite long for a novella!
5. The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson. I always love Carlson’s books (She releases a Christmas novel each year), but this is one of her best! A cute story that is the perfect choice when you want to relax and not have to think too much…AKA the perfect read for this full-time student’s overloaded brain. Reminiscent of the movie The Holiday.
4. A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck. I’ve really been into the Christmas fiction lately when I need a breather from my schoolwork. This one is a few years old but I just now picked it up, and it was a great addition to Hauck’s royal wedding series. (I recommend reading the rest of the series first!)
3. The Memory House by Rachel Hauck. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by this author lately, and this is a five-star read for me!
2. The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck. Another Hauck favorite about five strangers who are mysteriously invited to meet at a New York City library, each with a story to share.
1. To Love a Prince by Rachel Hauck. Yep, a fourth book from the same author. She’s one of my very favorites right now! This book is an unofficial follow-up to The Fifth Avenue Story Society, so read that one first. Many of Hauck’s books build on her previous ones, even if they’re not in the same series. Start at the beginning and work your way to her newer novels!
12. Betrayal from Hell: Defeat the Double-Crossing Demons That Threaten Your Destiny by Ryan LeStrange. I am more familiar with the feeling of betrayal than I’d like to be, and if you can relate, this is a must-read. An excerpt from this book about the Judas spirit (a friend who betrays) is available on Charisma Magazine.
11. How to Contend for Your Miracle: How Supernatural Encounters and Faith Work Together to Bring Answered Prayers by Ryan Johnson. This is a short read that’s full of wisdom. Haven’t seen your miracle yet? Don’t give up! Hoping, waiting, and believing are often part of the process before you see the answer to your prayers.
10. Vessels of Fire and Glory: Breaking Demonic Spells Over America to Release a Great Awakening by Mario Murillo. This book is small but powerful! It’s about revival and how the church cannot afford to be lukewarm at this exciting time in history. God is moving and he needs us to be his vessels! I’ve also recently discovered Murillo’s blog, and it’s as timely as can be for today’s world.
9. David the Great: Deconstructing the Man After God’s Own Heart by Dr. Mark Rutland. Dr. Rutland was the president of my college the first year I attended, and he wrote this book with two specific groups in mind: millennials and men. I can’t speak for the men, but I can speak as a millennial, and I really enjoyed this book. Dr. Rutland brought the story of David to life in a very relevant, captivating, and conversational way. Not only did I enjoy it, but so did my parents and my 93-year-old grandma, so I’m pretty sure almost anyone can get something out of it! 😊
8. Experiencing Father’s Embrace by Jack Frost. This was required reading for school and I didn’t think I was going to like it at all. I mistakenly thought this was a book of poetry by Robert Frost, but nope! Jack Frost, like the snowman movie. 🤣 This was a great book about the character of God and how he is a perfect Father. He can’t compare to even the greatest father here on earth, but we often project our idea of an earthly father onto him. This book made me realize some of the ways I put God in a box and view him as less than he actually is. Well worth the read!
7. I Hear the Lord Say “New Era”: Be Prepared, Positioned, and Propelled Into God’s Prophetic Timeline by Lana Vawser. Vawser is one of my favorite prophets. Her words are always on point (Read her blog here!) and this work is no exception. We truly are living in a new era, and this book is filled with strategies for this season.
6. Releasing Prophetic Solutions: Praying Heaven’s Promises Over Your Home, Family, and Nation by Christy Johnston. A great book about how prayer and prophecy can combine for prayers that are more powerful and effective. Johnston is another prophet I follow who, along with her husband Nate, blogs regularly.
5. Looking Shame in the Eye by Simon Cozens. I struggle with feelings of shame and unworthiness a lot, and this is one of the best books I’ve read on the topic (and I’ve read several).
4. The Good Fight: Prophetic Processing Workbook by Dan McCollam. This is a workbook that helps you process prophetic words that have been spoken over you. It helps you determine any actions you need to take, places or demographics you are called to, and the timelines of your prophecies – are they for now, the near future, or the distant future? I haven’t seen any other resources like this one, so if you want to dig deep into prophetic words you have received, this is your book!
3. Dreaming with God: Secrets to Redesigning Your World Through God’s Creative Flow by Bill Johnson. Bill Johnson is a boss. Every word that comes out of his mouth is so wise! He heads up the school I attend, and although this book wasn’t on my list for school, I saw it on sale on Amazon and quickly snatched it up. It reminded me that God puts desires in our hearts on purpose and wants us to dream with him so that we see those desires fulfilled and experience the joy of answered prayer. My favorite of Johnson’s books so far.
2. The Prophet’s Manual: A Guide to Sustaining Your Prophetic Gift by John Eckhardt. Tied for my favorite book of the year. This book was so helpful to me as a prophetic person who has felt weird and misunderstood my whole life. So much gold in these pages! If you are a prophet or have a prophetic gift and you wonder if there is anyone else out there like you, you need this book!
1. Destroying the Spirit of Rejection: Receive Love and Acceptance and Find Healing by John Eckhardt. Rejection is excruciating, and we all experience it on some level. This is the best (and only) book I’ve found on this topic, and it’s one I know I will be reading again. Highly recommended to anyone who has struggled with being rejected.
…And that’s a wrap! What were the best books YOU read in 2020? Drop your list in the comments below. I’m always looking for good books to read!