The 20 Best Books I Read in 2022

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I’ve done a lot of reading this year and I’m excited to share some of my faves with you! (Of course, I still have four more weeks to pack in a few more books before the year ends. 😊) Here are my favorite books of 2022:

Fiction Faves

1. The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner. This one had a super interesting plot and was my favorite fiction read of 2022.

2. Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble. I’ve read a lot of Coble’s books and this one is my favorite so far. This one, too, had a very interesting storyline with some crazy twists and a mystery that kept me guessing!

3. Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble. My second-favorite Colleen Coble book and another great mystery!

4. and 5. Autumn by the Sea by Melissa Tagg. This and its sequel, A Seaside Wonder, both kept me captivated this year. They contained some cliffhangers and I am eager to purchase the third book in this series once it releases!

6. Mind the Gap by Erynn Mangum. A sweet read that’s perfect for traveling or a day off.

7. Everything’s Coming Up Josey by Susan May Warren. This is a pretty old book (I don’t even think it’s still in print!) that I came across at the library, and it turned out to be an unexpected favorite. It probably shouldn’t have been unexpected though, since the main character’s a Minnesotan like me. 😊 I need to track down the sequels after reading this one.

8. Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK by Betsy St. Amant. I wish this book had existed when I was a teenager! That’s who it’s written for, but even as an adult, I thought it was a really good book and it’s one of St. Amant’s best. This one is also out of print, but I snatched it up on ThriftBooks.

9. Not Quite a Spinster by Rebecca Connolly. This book was free here and I think it will eventually be on Amazon. I downloaded several of the freebies offered and I was surprised to find that I liked all the British regency ones best!

10. That Fine Line by Cindy Steel. I also got this one for free and it turned out to be the perfect airplane read.

Nonfiction Faves

1. Take the Land: It’s Time to Step Into Your Promise from God by Ana Werner. The most encouraging book I read this year and one that will probably be a reread! I was highlighting like crazy. Just the kind of hope-filled message many of us need right now.

2. The Wild Ones: The Pioneer Call of Emerging Voices from the Wilderness to the Frontlines by Nate Johnston. Another incredible read that I have already paged back through many times! This guidebook is full of wisdom. My only complaint is that the trendy font is a little harder to read!

3. The God Connection: 12 Ways You Are Hardwired to Know God’s Voice by Bethany Hicks. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to hear God or is new to hearing his voice. It’s very comprehensive and is probably the best book I’ve found on this subject.

4. Confronting Jezebel: Discerning and Defeating the Spirit of Control by Steve Sampson. I had never heard of the author before but the topic sounded interesting, and I learned a lot from this book.

5. Victorious Emotions: Creating a Framework for a Happier You by Wendy Backlund. This was on my list for school this year and was my favorite book from Second Year at BSSM. A lot of good content in this one!

6. Jezebel: Defeating Your #1 Spiritual Enemy by Bob Larson. I’m all about learning new spiritual warfare strategies, and this book was actually written by an exorcist who has come up against the Jezebel spirit more than any other. He has an interesting perspective and a lot of helpful information to share.

7. Prophetic Breakthrough: Decrees that Break Curses and Release Blessings by Hakeem Collins. This is part book and part declarative devotional. Both sections were powerful and I’d give this one 5/5 stars!

8. Prophets, Pitfalls & Principles by Dr. Bill Hamon. There’s so much great advice in this book, including Dr. Hamon’s “10 Ms for maturing and maintaining ministry.” One piece of advice from Dr. Hamon: “Thoughts and desires should not become personal prayer petitions until they receive a ‘green light’ from the Word. If your thought or desire is unscriptural, improper, illegal, or immoral according to divine principles, then you are wasting your time asking God to let you do it.” Another good quote: “Don’t become discouraged because all your prophecies have not been fulfilled. Be encouraged, for the only person who ever told me all her prophecies had been fulfilled died within three weeks.” 😊

9. Walking in Your Prophetic Destiny: How to Work with The Holy Spirit to Fulfill Your Calling by Jennifer LeClaire. This is a really helpful book for those trying to discern their kingdom purpose. It contains lots of helpful advice and tips for discerning God’s direction for you.

10. Reforming Church: Helping Leaders Cross Over Into a New Day by Keith Ferrante. This is the first book I read by Keith Ferrante and I purchased several more after being so impressed by this one.

That’s a wrap for 2022! Here are my favorite books read in previous years if you want to check them out:
The 20 Best Books I Read in 2021
The 20 Best Books I Read in 2020
The 19 Best Books I Read in 2019
The 18 Best Books I Read in 2018

As I’ve done in the past, I’m taking a break for the last few weeks of 2022 and I’ll see you in January! Have a Merry Christmas and may 2023 be the best year yet!

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