Book List Christmas 2015 {Adult Edition}


Giving books is my favourite thing to do.  Firstly,  I’m convinced of the ability of books to bring tangible change/healing/encouragement/wisdom and secondly, they’re really easy to gift wrap.  One particularly busy Christmas, when I had littles, I decided all my friends and extended family were being given books.  It was the simplest and most fun Christmas shopping I’ve ever done.  I thought of each person’s distinct personality, shopped online for their book and had it delivered to my doorstep.  It was wonderful!

As I’m passionate about my enthusiasms, I have made a list of some new releases that will definitely be in Santa’s sleigh for my nearest and dearest and might help your Christmas shopping go a little smoother also.  {Happily, this list also serves as a not-so-subtle hint for my husband as to what I would love in my Christmas stocking.  Hi darling!}

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New York Times bestselling author, Melissa Michaels, will inspire you to make your house a well-loved home. Her relatable style, unique voice, and practical decorating ideas have made her highly respected blog, The Inspired Room, a haven for fans of real-life style.

Step inside Melissa’s home as she shares lessons learned, inspiring photos, and encouraging insights to help you embrace your authentic style through

  • doable improvements for every room
  • attainable decorating, organizational, and DIY solutions
  • transforming tips for lighting, color, and style
  • motivation to reclaim and organize small spaces

Best of all, you don’t need a big budget or perfect DIY skills to embrace Melissa’s practical home decor philosophy. You’ll return to this book again and again for inspiration to fall in love with the home you have.


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For those being pulled under by the strong current of expectation, comparison, and hurry, relief is found more in our small moments than in our fast movements. In Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman helps readers

· stop dreading small beginnings and embrace today’s work
· find contentment in the now–even when the now is frustrating or discouraging
· replace competition with compassion
· learn to breathe in a breathless world

Jesus lived small moments well, slow moments fully, and all moments free. He lives with us still, on all our ordinary days, creating and redeeming the world both in us and through us, one small moment at a time. It’s time to take back Tuesday, to release our obsession with building a life, and believe in the life Christ is building in us–every day.

{Keep your eyes out for a book review on Simply Tuesdays that our very own Emma Crauford will be posting here in coming weeks}




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Sink deep into the everyday goodness of God and savor every moment! In this daily devotional, Shauna Niequist becomes a friend across the pages, sharing her heart with yours, keeping you company, and inviting you into the abundant life God offers. And there are recipes, too, because spiritual living happens not just when we read and pray, but also when we gather with family and friends over dinners and breakfasts and late-night snacks. These recipes are Shauna’s staples, and each one should be enjoyed around a table with people you love. So read and learn and pray and cook and share. Remember to savor each day, whatever it holds: work and play, coffee and kids, meals and prayers and the good stuff and the hard stuff. Life is all about relationships, and your daily relationship with God is worth savoring in every moment.

{Ed note:  Devotional AND recipes.  Sold!}

This is not a new release, but if you have a friend who is a foodie, I can’t recommend Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist highly enough.  It is soul food.




In this practical and liberating book, Jessica Turner empowers women to take back pockets of time they already have in their day in order to practice self-care and do the things they love. Turner uses her own experiences and those of women across the country to teach readers how to balance their many responsibilities while still taking time to invest in themselves. She also addresses barriers to this lifestyle, such as comparison and guilt, and demonstrates how eliminating these feelings and making changes to one’s schedule will make the reader a better wife, mother, and friend.

Perfect for any woman who is doing everything for everyone—except herself—The Fringe Hours is ideal for both individuals and small group use.



So help me, but adult colouring books are taking over our coffee tables.  This one brings God-centred mindfulness:



I love this.  It’s simple and elegant.  This customer review from Amazon is very instructive to see if it’s your cup of tea…or not.



Whether chosen and celebrated–like going off to college or welcoming your first baby–or unexpected and anxiety-inducing–like losing a job or grappling with a broken trust–all change brings stress. Kristen Strong knows about change–especially the kind you didn’t choose or expect. What she’s fought hard to learn over the years is that change is not something to be feared but something to be received as a blessing from a God who, more often than not, works through change, not in spite of it. Strong has learned to see change not as a grievance but as a grace.

In this hope-filled book, she shows women how when we follow God’s will, we receive blessings of contentment, purpose, and renewed strength. She encourages women to see change not as the end of their story but as the scenery for this part of life’s journey. And she offers practical advice for coping with change in every part of life. Anyone who has struggled to adjust to life’s transitions will welcome this warm and personal perspective.




For anyone who has ever daydreamed of another life . . .

Most days, you wouldn’t trade what you have for the world. You love your husband and your kids, and you are grateful to God for your life. But there are days when you feel as though life is rolling over you in waves and you are just going through the motions. You find yourself aching for something more, something that is calling to depths of who you are, maybe for something you can’t even name.

For Sarah Mae, it was Paris, a place that is known for breathtaking beauty, inspiring art, and exquisite food. But as she searched her heart, she found there was more to her longings than she anticipated.

Join Sarah Mae in Longing for Paris, a soul-searching, light-filled journey for the woman who knows she can’t uproot her life to discover herself and her longings, but who desperately wants to uncover them so she can get unstuck and choose a life that is filled with beauty, adventure, and deep joy . . . right where she is.



You already know the deep and abiding love I have for this book…. It is a game-changer.  The feedback from people who have felt estranged from faith communities {and God} for years is enough to bring tears to your eyes.  Maybe make this one a gift to yourself this Christmas.  Our friends at Koorong are giving us a 15% discount when you order online.  Just type in FORLOVE at the checkout.


Next week, I’ll post a children’s edition.  Hope you manage to grab at least one of these precious volumes for yourself or a love one.

Live Brave, Sister!

Meredith xo


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