6 Books I Recommend – September 2018

Here are 4 non-fiction books and 2 fiction books I recommend from what I finished reading in September, including a 1-minute video review of a favorite.

Once a month we share our current reading list at Jennifer’s.

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Books I Recommend


1. Bring Me a Vision
A Story of Redeeming Hope
by Pam Ecrement

Bring Me a Vision

If you want to hear a real-life story of brokenness-to-redemption, read Pam’s telling of Becky Moreland’s story and the beginning of RAHAB Ministries. I was encouraged by what God still does in the lives of “ordinary” people still today.

[Click here if you can’t see the 1-minute review of Bring Me a Vision]

My book review of Bring Me a Vision

2. A Higher Loyalty
Truth, Lies, and Leadership
by James Comey

A Higher Loyalty

I saw this book on the endcap at the library and grabbed it. Regardless of your politics, this book is very interesting. I appreciated hearing first-hand of Comey’s life stories, plus hearing about some of the inner workings of the FBI. It will strengthen your resolve that many good people are there.

3. How to Be a Perfect Christian (a satire)
Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living
by The Babylon Bee

How to Be a Perfect Christian

You have to be willing to laugh at yourself to read this one. This book is a satire of the ways we think we can become a “perfect” Christian. (And of course, ultimately fail at it.)

My book review of How to Be a Perfect Christian

4. Reframing the Soul
How Words Transform Our Faith
by Gregory Spencer 

Reframing the Soul

How we frame our stories makes a difference. This book helps you understand the importance of the frame you use around your life and your faith. I gained a lot from it.

My book review of Reframing the Soul


5. Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven

This dystopian novel is gloomy but a riveting read. After a worldwide pandemic erases almost all the earth’s population, we watch how the remaining people survive and live in the years that follow.

6. The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood

Handmaid's Tale

Another grim storyline, but again, it was so compelling that I had to keep reading. (This is the book; I’ve never watched the TV show.) In this new social order, women are taken from their homes and forced to live in camps to become breeders. This book is one of most 100 loved books on The Great American Read list. I am reading more of these since the list came out this summer.

Have you voted for your favorite book on the list? I’ve voted for several already, including The Book Thief, such a beautifully-written book.


  • Raise Your Voice
    Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up
    by Kathy Khang
  • Mudbound
    by Hillary Jordan
  • Resist and Persist
    Faith and the Fight for Equality
    By Erin Wathen
  • God of Tomorrow
    How to Overcome the Fears of Today and Renew Your Hope for the Future
    by Caleb W. Kaltenbach
  • Remembering Death
    The Surprising Path to Living Hope
    by Matthew McCullough 
  • Stay with Me
    by Ayobami Adebayo

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What good book have you read this month? Please share in the comments.


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16 thoughts on “6 Books I Recommend – September 2018

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    My life and reading have slowed to a crawl lately Lisa. I have started several books but found them not that exciting to read or not what I need at the time so I start reading another. I’m reading more for research for future sermons and ideas than enjoyment. Does that make sense? One I am excited about reading is “Therefore I Have Hope” by Cameron Cole. His 3 y/o son died unexpectedly and it is his journey and what he learned. I have a few ordered that I’m looking forward to reading. I’ll comment on them later.

  2. Barbara Harper

    I looked at the calendar this morning but got my weeks mixed up – somehow I thought I had another week unto WOYN! Since I had another post this morning, I am debating about going ahead and putting a Nightstand post up now or waiting til tomorrow.

    I’ve only voted on the Great Read a couple of times. I don’t really like that we can vote as many times as we want – it seems like that would mean the books that win are not necessarily the favorites overall, just the favorites of those who had more time to do that kind of thing online. I would have preferred maybe 5 votes per person. But they didn’t ask for my opinion. 🙂 My top favorite listed there is the Chronicles of Narnia.

    How to Be a Perfect Christian sounds both fun and convicting.

  3. Pam Ecrement

    Sweet friend,
    What a blessing you are to add Bring Me A Vision and add the terrific video as well. It was great fun to hear your voice and southern flair in this video. I think I need you to add some media training to our relationship. You clearly know a great deal in how you have added media to all your posts.

    Many blessings on you for your support and encouragement!!

    Love and hugs,

  4. Melissa Kowalewski

    Station 11 and The Handmaid’s Tale -= two thumbs up! I just finished reading The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I have loved him ever since I read IQ84 but he’s one of those authors you either love or you hate. I haven’t found anyone in between. I’m currently reading The Most Dangerous Branch about the Supreme Court.

  5. Michele Morin

    I loved Pam’s book!
    And I haven’t been able to muster up the fortitude to make it all the way through the Babylon Bee book, but my sons have enjoyed it. I think I like my satire in smaller installments.

  6. Ashley Davis

    Station Eleven is on my list.

    Trying to read the Tripp book still, haha. And 9 Marks of a Healthy Church. My time has been limited lately and reading has been pushed to the back burner.

  7. Sherrie

    Great list of books. I tried reading The Handmaid’s Tale, but only got about half way through the book. I’m currently reading 4th of July by James Patterson. Have a great day!

  8. Aimee

    The James Comey book sounds really interesting.

    The best book I’ve read lately was The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. I’ve found myself thinking about it for weeks. Such a hauntingly beautiful and inspiring story!

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