Today’s post includes five of my favorite books. I was looking at my shelf the other day, and noticed that many of my favorites are not necessarily well known, so I thought I’d share.
Some of these books are not for everyone, but if they fall within your interests then I hope you can give them a try!
Book 1: My Life With Bing, by Kathryn Crosby
I’ve been a huge fan of Bing Crosby for a long time. I discovered him when I was around 8, and immediately started collecting music, radio show clips, and books about him. My absolute favorite biography is this one, written by his second wife Kathryn.
I’ve read this book at least 4 times, and it’s mostly because of Kathryn. She was around 30 years younger than Bing (they met when she was 19). However her strong personality, wit, and self-deprecating humor kept him on his toes and makes this book a fascinating read, especially if you enjoy the movies and actors from that time era. There is a large photo on each page, and plenty of stories about stars from that time such as Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Grace Kelly, etc. etc. I highly recommend it!
Book 2: Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
Most people have read at least some C.S. Lewis, but I haven’t talked to many who’ve read this particular book. I believe it is one of his more critically acclaimed books, but less popular overall. It certainly has a different feel – it is darker in a way. But I love it so much – I’ve read this one at least twice and will continue to read it every now and then. It is his retelling of the Greek Myth about Cupid and Psyche. It’s a powerful book.
Book 3: No Compromise, The Life Story of Keith Green, by Melody Green/David Hazard
I grew up listening to the moving, wacky, intense, wonderful music of Keith Green. He was a Christian musician in the late 70s and early 80s. I still listen to his music to this day, and never get sick of it. This biography tells of his life as a hippie, meeting his wife Melody, finding God, and his journey as a radical, no-compromise Christian. Keith died at the age of 28 in a tragic accident, along with two of his young children. I am continually inspired by him and how much life he lived in 28 years. This book is a quick but powerful read.
Book 4: You Will Never be the Same, by Basilea Schlink
Basilea Schlink was a German nun who founded a ministry and wrote many books. You Will Never be the Same is a very unique little book. She begins by discussing sin. The second part of the book is a list of different sins we may struggle with, including everything from absent-mindedness/daydreaming, to selfishness and greed.
The second part of the book includes a chapter on each of these categories. She begins by discussing each sin, and what it can look like. After that she provides steps to confronting the sin and repenting from it, and the freedom we can feel afterward.
I know this subject could be easily misunderstood, but if you read the book you will see how she treats the subject of sin with both gentleness and strength. There is a sense of the sweetness of true conviction and the freedom that comes afterward in each chapter. I’ve never read this all the way through, but I always keep it around and if I’m struggling with an issue, even as simple as worrying, I know Basilea will have scriptures and advice for me.
Book 5: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
This book is quite well known, but I just had to include it. I love it so much. I read it a couple years ago and will be reading it again. It’s set in Nazi Germany, and is the story of a little German girl who loves to read. It is narrated by Death, who has a charismatic and intriguing voice.
The characters in this book are ones you will always remember. I HIGHLY recommend this book!
That’s all for now! I’d love to hear about any books you’ve been enjoying as well, so feel free to leave a comment or a link to any similar blog posts. Happy reading!