First Friday Book Faves - July 2015 and Link up


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

The Summer Girls By Mary Alice Monroe

Reading fiction in the summer and then finding out it's the first in a three-book series is the best! That's what happened with me and The Summer Girls. Three sisters who were raised in different parts of the country return to their grandmother's house in South Carolina for the summer. They discover the importance of home and family while becoming more of who they really already are.

Follow Kristin on Goodreads.

Martha Wentz        

What Christians Should Know About the Importance of Forgiveness By John Arnott

God's mercy outweighs justice. Would we want justice for the sins we have committed? No, we would want mercy! So then why would we want justice for the people who have committed sins against us. Holding onto hurts and judgments is a luxury we can't afford. It allows Satan to possess the keys to our house and attack us at his will, against our health, finances, children, and any other area he desires. It brings to my remembrance that when I hold onto unforgiveness, it's because I've passed judgment on someone and there is only one judge, that is God not me.

Noelle Rhodes

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing By Sally Lloyd-Jones

A dear friend gave my kids this beautiful devotional book. Sally Lloyd-Jones is able to communicate the Gospel in a very simple, but tender way. I am crying all the time when I read this book to my little guys. Jago's illustrations are stunning. I wish I had this devotional book as a kid!

Susan Panzica        

The Power Of Praying For Your Adult Children By Stormie Omartian

With my young adult children venturing out on their own and sensing changes in our relationships as they mature and make independent life decisions, I felt the need to be more biblically relevant as I cover them in prayer. In The Power of Praying For Your Adult Children, Stormie Omartian gives valuable advice and insights gleaned from personal experience and other parents. As I delve further into the book, I look forward to applying specific Scripture to pray for my children, and to the assurances that God gives through His word.

Micalagh Beckwith Moritz

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint By Nadia Bolz-Weber

Bolz-Weber writes about her own story from alcoholism and drug use to recovery, from fundamental Christian background that she left as a teenager to Lutheran pastor of a unique church: "The House for All Sinners and Saints" that attracts many individuals who never would have set foot inside of a church in most circumstances. A tattoo-covered, cursing Christian with a deep love for Jesus, she flips traditional paradigms on their head while telling stories of her own journey. I appreciate her raw, honest discussion of herself, the Church, her own failures and that of the Church, and her deep love for others and Jesus, despite difficulties she has encountered along the way. Her theme is a reminder that, liberal or conservative, tattooed or not, we are all sinners, and in need of God's (and one another's) grace.

Kimberly Amici

Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look By Emily T. Wierenga

In Atlas Girl, Emily gives us glimpses into her childhood spent in both Congo, and Canada as a daughter of missionary/pastor parents. On both continents, her dad busies himself with the call of ministry, while her mother finds ways to cope with a life she feels she didn't choose. As a result, they are both emotionally unavailable to Emily who eventually becomes so hungry for love and affection that she begins to starve herself.

This memoir focuses on her years at the Christian college, where she meets her husband, and the years following doing missionary work in the Middle East, Korea, Japan, China, and Thailand. Despite her travels and "big ideas" about what her life's work should be, it's in the coming home to care for her mother, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, that Emily is able to find healing and rest.

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