First Friday Book Faves - May 2105


That's the question we will be asking COF contributors and you, our readers, each month. Is there a book that you just can't seem to put down, that's teaching you a profound spiritual lesson, or making you laugh amid your struggles? We want to hear about it!


  • Tell us in the comments what you are reading.
  • Take a picture of what you are reading and post it to your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using the hashtag #FFBF
  • LinkUp a book review blog post about a favorite book you've read.

BTW, you don't have to wait for the first Friday of every month to see what our contributors are reading, you can follow them on Goodreads!

Kristin Hill Taylor -    

You're Loved No Matter What By Holley Gerth    

As in her previous books, Holley writes as if she’s sitting at the table with you. She’s kind and welcoming while she speaks truth into women’s lives. She recognizes the hard stuff and encourages us to keep going. The subtitle of this book – Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect – captures the essence of what I’ve been longing to learn. I’m grateful for Holley’s words to encourage me to trade guilt for grace.      

Follow Kristin on Goodreads.                                                                     


Kimberly Coyle -        

Nobody's Cuter Than You By Melanie Shankle    

I read this book on a recent flight and I found myself looking around self-consciously at the other passengers when I laughed out loud repeatedly. This book is about friendship, and Melanie does a beautiful job describing her best friend Gulley and their 20+ year relationship. It made me laugh, and if I'm honest, cry a little, as it reinforced for me the importance of cultivating our female friendships.    

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Susan Panzica        

Overrated By Eugene Cho    

Eugene Cho answers his question, ""Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world?" Using his own story of personal sacrifice for the needs of others, he compels us to step out of our comfort zones and seek justice for those in peril. "If you truly believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then you believe that the Gospel matters not just for your personal salvation and blessing, but also for God's pursuit of restoration, redemption, and reconciliation of the entire world…Don't just tell a good story; live a better story."

Eugene Cho is one of many gifted speakers at The Justice Conference ( on June 6. I encourage you to look for a local simulcast in your area.


Remember when 33 Chilean miners were trapped in a mine? We were riveted as we watched the rescue mission unfold over the course of 69 days. However the miners made a pact that the story could only be told collectively. This is the story, told to and written by Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Tobar. To me, the most fascinating aspect of this story is how, when they had no other choice, strangers and even some enemies, gathered in prayer and a community of survival deep down in the cavern. Then, as they realized escape was possible, their relationships shifted and communal prayer for many drifted away. A wild true story of hope, despair, triumph, and the tragedy that continues to impact some of the victims of the mountain’s collapse.                                             

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