It’s a gorgeous fall day here by the lake, and here in the Boats room we have a variety of rowboats for your use as we go through these books. So hop on board, grab an oar . . . and let’s push off from the shore. Ripples echo against the sides of the boats, tiny whirlpools swirl away in the deep blue as oars rise and fall, orange leaves hover on the surface, and sunbeams glitter in a thousand reflections off the water.
Welcome to the last day of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog had a different theme for the day and each blog shared five favorite books each day in a specific genre.
Things are winding down at the Literary Lodge – giveaway winners will be announced as well as other exciting happenings. But today we have a special treat for you: free and cheap books! So be sure to read to the end to find them.
Today I’ll be sharing my top five books of 2019! These are actually my top books of only the first eight months of 2019, because I’ve read nearly twenty more books since I drafted this list, and some of them rivaled these. 🙂
Once we reach the center of the lake, oars still and all eyes turn to the boat in the center to see what the first book of the day will be.
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I read this picture book to my daughter multiple times this year, and every time I’m amazed at the peaceful, restful beauty of the text. The story describes a young girl’s perspective of watching night come to her grandpa’s farm as they sit quietly together on the front porch. I can’t read the text aloud in anything other than a hushed, relaxing tone, and every time, the cadence of the words lulls us into rest and calm. Night is coming . . . the world is going to sleep . . . calm is the heart. Adding to this are the gorgeous illustrations of the farm – detailed and consistent in showing different perspectives, close and far away, of the land. Despite the fact it’s a picture book, this has become one of my favorite new books this year.
To quickly change the tone, here’s a series that’s the opposite of relaxing, calm, and quiet! This new series by Perry Kirkpatrick is adventurous, fast-paced, humorous, and so much fun! The characters are quirky; the plot is clever; the interactions are hilarious; everything about these little mysteries is enjoyable! Emily didn’t mean to become a spy, but when she gets accidentally caught up in an encounter in the coffee shop she works in, she finds the life – and the spy himself – a lot of fun. These are super clean, light, and family-friendly. I read the first book in one sitting, then quickly devoured the next two. I’m looking forward to reading the last two books in the series as well.
War. This is a book of war. A strategy guide. Personal, practical, profound. But war. If you want a book on the doctrine of prayer, look elsewhere. If you want a Bible study on prayer, this isn’t the book. If you want a manual on how to pray, you probably won’t find it here. This is a book to actually make you pray. It’s a guide to the enemy’s schemes, because we are not ignorant of his devices—or at least shouldn’t be. The enemy DOES desire to have you, and this book is filled with pointed wisdom on knowing and targeting his methods in ten areas. These ten areas are SO applicable to daily life. Almost every chapter, I was nodding along, seeing each tactic in my own life, and moved to make these areas prayer targets even before finishing each chapter. If you pray or want to start praying and are willing to DO IT, read this book as a guide to begin targeting specific areas of your life with prayer. Use it to get beyond the grocery list of prayer needs and into the heart of God. Because that’s the reason for standing against the enemy. Because our God delights in us and desires intimacy with us each moment of each day—and this relationship is possible as we seek His face in prayer.
While I read this several times as a teenager, I have been wanting to reread it now that I’m in the season of wifehood and motherhood. It was just as inspiring, challenging, encouraging, and relatable this time around, and I was indeed able to better understand some of Katy’s struggles as a wife and mother. May God work that likeness of Himself in me! This book is a journey. Katy doesn’t always make the right choices or have the right view of God or herself, and therefore everything she says in this book must be weighed against Scripture. Yet God changes her many flawed ideas of Him until she is indeed resting in His work in and through her. May I rest in His work in me so!
This book is excellent motivation for prayer and meditation – and the real power of prayer. It’s a story written for adults, filled with powerful truth. When we realize that God works in answer to the prayers of His people – and that’s how He invites us to partake of His presence and power – how can we be silent?
Today we announce the giveaway winners . . . so click the button below to hop over to Literary Lodge central to find out who won!
Also at Literary Lodge central are links to pages with free books and books on sale for 99 cents!
The oars slap the water gently as the boats are propelled back to the shore . . . amid splashing, the riders debark and disperse.
Thank you all for joining me today as we launched the boats into the beautiful waters of Top Five Lake! It’s been an enjoyable autumn week, and I can’t wait to see you all at a future book launch!
Have you read any of these books? What did you enjoy about them? Which books sound interesting to read? What are your top books of 2019? What were your favorite parts of this party?