These are the seven best books I’ve read in 2017! Which ones have you read?
This is one of my favorite posts to write all year – the one where I share my favorite books — and believe me I read a lot of them this year! I have already shared my reading goal for 2018 in my top 20 Goals post . I set an even higher goal this year and I am sure to hit I know.
For the last several years, I’ve been using Goodreads to keep up with the titles of books I finish. Partial reads don’t go on the list and are not included here.
This year, I finished 49 books. I set a goal for 48 and actually read 49. I would have wound up reading a lot more but I took 2 months off of reading for a while.
Of the books I finished, I’ve chosen my top 7 favorites to share with you, as well as some honorable mentions at the end. I’ll list them here in no particular order.
All of the “about the book” descriptions come directly from the Amazon book summaries where I am a grateful affiliate, followed by a short explanation of why I loved it.
Come Find Me Sage Parker by Aliza Latta
About the Book: For nine years Maeve Parker has been waiting for her mother to come home.
Fiercely independent and disillusioned, Maeve has grown up with her mother’s ex-boyfriend as her only companion. Giving up all hope of Sage’s return, she convinces herself that mothers—and people—are unnecessary.
When she meets Ky and Levi, she is adamant about keeping them at arms length. But Ky, the only true friend Maeve knows, and Levi, the boy with the startling blue eyes, crash through Maeve’s walls.
Then one of them is wrenched away—permanently. And Maeve is left dangling with the final words they left behind: go find Sage Parker
Why I Loved It: This book was just SO good. The story line was not all sunshine and roses like most novels. There is heartbreak, broken homes, etc but — there is hope restoration and unconditional love in the pages of this book.
The Life Giving Table by Sally Clarkson
About the Book: Beloved author Sally Clarkson (The Lifegiving Home, Own Your Life, Desperate) believes that meals lovingly served at home—and the time spent gathered together around the table—are a much-needed way to connect more deeply with our families and open our kids’ hearts. Food and faith, mingled in everyday life, become the combination for passing on God’s love to each person who breaks bread with us.
In The Lifegiving Table, Sally shares her own family stories, favorite recipes, and practical ideas to help you get closer to the people you love . . . and grow in faith together.
Why I Loved It: Sally Clarkson has always been a favorite author of mine. This book just really put into perspective the importance of building up family togetherness and family dinner time.
We do that here at home and those meals, and my table are the hub of our home.
The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
About the Book:With a powerful voice, penetrating insight, and plenty of wit, Bethany Turner explodes onto the scene with a debut that isn’t afraid to deal with the thorny realities of living the Christian life.
Why I Loved the Book: I love when a new author comes on the scene, but what I love more than that is when that new author writes a book that shakes up the entire genre!
I read a lot of Christian fiction romance novels and this one is at the tip top of them all. There was not a lot of gushy romance, but REAL LIFE issues and temptations that come with trying to stay pure and committed to Christ while dating.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
About the Book: California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.
Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.
But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does…the One who will never let her go.
A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.
Why I Loved This Book: Anything by Franice Rivers is always moving, but this story will have you in tears, and then you will be all joyous and back to tears again. I read this one in a day and a half. It was THAT good!
Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson
About the Book: In this highly anticipated sequel to his best-selling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Mark Batterson invites lion chasers everywhere to chase dreams so impossible that victory demands we face our fears, defy the odds, and hold tight to God.
Written in a way that both challenges and encourages, this revolutionary book will help unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams in your life.
Why I Loved This Book: No book has ever spurred me on to pursue my dreams of writing like this one did. Mark has a way of drawing you into the idea of pursuing your life long dreams with passion and fervor.
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
About the Book: Named One of the Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017 by Bustle!
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed.
She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.
The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.
You won’t be able to put down B. A. Paris’s The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.
You Are a BadAss by Jen Sincero
Other Books That Deserve a Mention
- The Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay
- Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
- The Art of Work by Jeff Goins
- Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere