My Favorite Books of 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This year there were so many amazing books that I have a hard time picking just ONE favorite, or even a top ten. So, I put them in their genre and will post my top three from each one. My full list is on Pinterest and I will post that link for you to go and look at.

The Final Sacrament by James Forrester
The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias
Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

Historical Romance 
Love at any Cost by Julie Lessman
Love's Awakening by Laura Frantz
On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin

The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer
The Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher
A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer

Iscariot by Tosca Lee
Rebekah by Jill Eileen Smith
Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews & Claudia, Pontius Pilate's Wife by Diana Willis Taylor

Contemporary Romance 
Raw Edges by Sandra D. Bricker
Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman
Face of the Earth by Deborah Raney

Stranded by Dani Pettry
Shattered by Dani Pettry
The Cutting Edge by Ace Collins

Romance-ology 101 by Julie Lessman
Si-ology by Si Robertson

Christian Fantasy 
Memory's Door by James L. Rubart
Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

Please look at my Pinterest board for my full list. This barely touches the tip of what I read and loved over the year. I firmly believe that 2014 is going to be another year of awesome reads by all of these authors. If you haven't read one of these books, I highly recommend that you grab it and read it!

Zondervan's NIV Ragamuffin Bible

Zondervan’s New NIV Ragamuffin Bible Highlights Writings of Beloved Master Storyteller, the late Brennan Manning 
Grand Rapids, MI—Many come to God feeling like ragamuffins – unworthy and unlovable. Zondervan’s new NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up and Brokenhearted (November 2013) is a reminder to the ragamuffin in everyone that they are still God’s beloved, no matter what they’ve done. Everyone needs grace, for ourselves and even the person who sits next to us at work, at church or on the bus. Excerpts from the life’s work of the late Brennan Manning, who passed away in April 2013, are the heart and soul of the Ragamuffin Bible. Zondervan’s immediate plans include partnering with ministry organizations and marketplace leaders in key cities to get samples of the Bible (the books of Psalms and Matthew available for free download on ) into the hands of the undervalued and the overlooked in homeless shelters, halfway houses and health clinics, etc. The e-version of the full bible is available for only $4.99 during December.
“Manning has inspired artists, poets, musicians and the ragamuffin body of Christ for decades. We are thrilled to share his wisdom and influence on the pages of this new devotional Bible,” says Chip Brown, Senior VP of Zondervan. “On the subject of grace, Manning has no equal. His words can be unsettling at times, but they are always penetrating and deserve to be quoted again and again. That’s exactly what the Ragamuffin Bible does.”
Perhaps no one welcomes the message of grace more than the marginalized of society. Yet we each desperately need it. Many accept the gift of God’s unconditional love and grace, in theory, but can’t seem to apply it in their daily lives. They beat themselves up over their own failures and pull away from God because they subconsciously believe he tallies their defects and hangs his head in disappointment. Pairing the text of the most popular English Bible translation in the world with the writings of one of the most respected authors and scholars of the last century, theNIV Ragamuffin Bible offers a collection of Manning’s raw, painfully honest, yet grace-filled devotions, meditations, and reflections of his journey limping back – like the prodigal son – to his overjoyed father.
A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, Manning’s spiritual journey took him down a variety of paths, all of them leading to the profound reality of God's irresistible grace. “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ, and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it,” Manning writes. He spent the last forty years of his life helping others to find their own identity in the tenderness of Jesus Christ.
The Ragamuffin Bible is intended for anyone who is not living in the fullness of God’s amazing grace, including Christians whose growth has been stunted by a toxic diet of grace mixed with law. The Bible features:
  • an introduction by Brennan Manning, the “original ragamuffin”
  • the complete text of the Holy Bible, New International Version
  • 104 devotions that guide the reader into a deeper connection to God and His word
  • 250 reflections that help the reader understand what it means to be a child of God
  • quotes that offer the reader thoughtful insights into God’s kingdom
  • note pages at the end of each book in the Bible
As a writer, Brennan Manning is best known as the author of the contemporary classic, The Ragamuffin Gospel. He wrote many other influential and popular books, including Abba's Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, The Furious Longing of God, The Parable of Willie Juan and his final book, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir.
“The NIV Ragamuffin Bible is good news for every ragamuffin – the one who sleeps on the park bench or the one who sleeps in the church pew. Both have a spot in the Kingdom of God,” says Brown.
The NIV Ragamuffin Bible
Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted
November 2013 | $34.99

My Thoughts:  I read The Ragamuffin Gospel years ago, and remember how inspiring it was. I like this Bible. It is not only the word of God, it is sprinkled with devotions and reflections that are perfect for where they are placed within the scripture. 

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