our bookshelf

Books that are changing us and helping us step into God’s story:

Books for children:

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones–I cannot say enough how much I love this book. The illustrations are beautiful, and the retellings of the stories are amazing. Reading these stories with Isaiah is impacting me and I know it is shaping him as well.

Read Aloud Bible Stories by H. Kent Puckett–short and simple Bible Stories. Isaiah has them all memorized. We own two of the four volumes.

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon–sometimes mom and dad need a good laugh at bedtime.

The Song of Francis by Tomie dePaola

Psalm Twenty-Three and The Lord’s Prayer by Tim Ladwig

The Story of  Martin Luther King, Jr. by Johnny Rae Moore

Books for Grown-ups:

Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen– this book has changed me forever. I go back to it again and again.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller–such a great reflection on story. It has challenged us to consider what our family’s story is and how we can be intentional about shaping it.

Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission by Chris Heuertz–written by a fellow Asbury College alum, this book is a powerful meditation on friendship with the poor. It is thought-provoking and insightful and has really challenged us to rethink our lives and relationships.

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne–don’t read it unless you are ready to be messed up.

The Voice New Testament

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers: For Their Early Years–Raising Children Who are Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful by Jane Nelsen–this one is helpful for me. But sometimes I am too tired to live up to it. 🙂

There is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Africa’s Children by Melissa Fay Greene

The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule


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