Uplifting Books: Great reads to inspire, encourage and motivate

By Lindsay Williams | contributing writer, www.watchgmctv.com
Posted: Wed, 11/02/2011 - 12:16

Katie Davis

A good book can change our perspective, spur us to action, inspire new ideas, or transport us to spectacular places we only dream about. As the leaves turn golden and fall rushes in, grab a cup of cider and curl up with one of these suggested reads. Step into someone else’s story for a little while. Their story might just change yours.


The Story of Your Life: Inspiring Stories of God at Work in People Just Like You, Matthew West with Angela Thomas (Harvest House)
Inspired by over 10,000 stories he received when writing for his album, The Story of Your Life (Sparrow), Matthew West chronicles the trials, battles and struggles of countless people around the globe with the help of best-selling author Angela Thomas. With limited room on an album, West found a way through this book to share some additional stories covering topics such as bullying, divorce, and adoption and God’s redemption woven throughout. This book encourages readers to discover God as the author of their unique narratives and reveals the power in sharing their stories.

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I Still Believe: Discovering Hope and Healing in the Midst of Life’s Deepest Valleys, Jeremy Camp with Phil Newman (Jeremy Camp LLC)
It’s taken Jeremy Camp 10 years since the death of his first wife, Melissa, to be able to arrive at an emotional place where he was ready to write his story of tragedy and redemption in book form. The book details more than Melissa’s story, however; it reads more like an auto-biography, unfolding the bigger picture of Jeremy Camp’s story and ministry, including the life he shares today with wife Adie and their three children. It also includes a scrapbook of personal photos in the back.


Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, Katie Davis with Beth Clark (Howard Books)
Eighteen-year-old Katie Davis (pictured above) was a normal high school student until she went on a trip to Uganda that completely wrecked her and changed the trajectory of her life forever. Much to the disappointment of her parents, Davis chose to forego college, leave her friends, break up with her boyfriend and move to Uganda. Today, Davis, now 22, not only lives in Uganda where she serves the needs of the local people through Amazima Ministries, a child sponsorship organization she founded, but she is also the mother of 13 Ugandan children, all of whom she has legally adopted. Her story is one of radical surrender. Follow her story at http://kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/.

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero, Michael Hingson with Susy Flory (Thomas Nelson)
A miraculous survivor of the 9/11 attacks, Michael Hingson was working in his office the day the Twin Towers were struck. Blind since birth, Hingson’s faithful guide dog, Roselle, was at his side and became the heroine of the story as she saved the life of her master when tragedy struck. This book is an unforgettable true story about the bond between dog and man and a harrowing experience of unbelievable trust and courage.


Start Something That Matters, Blake Mycoskie (Spiegel & Grau)
Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, is not only a creative entrepreneur but now a high-profile humanitarian through his one for one program, providing a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair purchased. His company recently rolled out a new sunglass line as well, functioning under the same one for one mantra. Without any formal fashion or retail training, Mycoskie started his business solely with a passion to make a difference in the lives of others. In his first book, he tells the story of starting his company and also highlights a variety of other organizations melding philanthropy with a thriving business model. Mycoskie provides simple tips and words of advice for those looking to combine their passions with their work and change the world in the process.

Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job, Jon Acuff (Lampo Press)
Best-selling blogger and author of Stuff Christians Like Jon Acuff shares practical insights and tips on how to fuse your passions, interests and gifts with a job you love. He had eight jobs in eight years and reveals his mistakes, lessons learned and his current approach to turning his day job into his dream job. Written in a witty, candid style, Acuff begins the book with advising readers to not quit their day job…yet. He then goes on to explore the ways a job you currently don’t love can help you achieve your true dream job. This book is for the dreamers who long to find fulfillment in their vocation.


Voices of the True Woman Movement: A Call to the Counter-Revolution, Nancy Leigh DeMoss (Moody)
In the spring of 2008, over 6,000 people assembled in Chicago to hear a counter-revolutionary call. The call was for a return to biblical womanhood, led by popular author Nancy Leigh DeMoss and a host of other high-profile authors and speakers. In this book, DeMoss makes this call applicable to everyday life. With contributions from John Piper, Mary Kassian, Joni Eareckson Tada, Karen Loritts and Janet Parshall, among others, this collection of thoughts covers topics from what it means to be a woman after God’s own heart to looking at how far the female race has come in society. This book is sure to inspire women of all ages with the powerful words of encouragement from some of today’s best writers.

What Is He Thinking?: What Guys Want Us to Know About Dating, Love and Marriage, by Rebecca St. James (FaithWords)
Now a newlywed herself, award-winning artist Rebecca St. James interviews a host of men, ranging from high-profile guys to the average boy next door in this “tell-all” book about relationships. Declared as a “must read for every girl who wonders where all the good guys have gone,” by popular radio and FOX television host Sean Hannity, the book features interviews with mostly single men, ages 20-35. St. James also includes words of wisdom from respected men who have been successfully married for years, including her father and her pastor. The book gives women a glimpse into the male psyche as men reveal the secrets behind what they are thinking.


Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah, Ginger Garrett (David C. Cook)
Meet the legendary Samson as you've never known him before—through the eyes of three women who loved him. Before Samson was an Old Testament legend, he was a prodigal son, an inexperienced suitor, a ruthless husband, and a lost soul driven by his own flaws. Desired exposes the true essence of this biblical hero through the lens of his mother, his bride and the infamous seductress Delilah. The story reveals a God present through fear, sorrow, disobedience, heartache and joy; and this shrewd novel makes for a fascinating read.

Sunrise on the Battery, Beth Webb Hart (Thomas Nelson)
Set in picturesque Charleston, S.C., Sunrise on the Battery reveals the story of husband and wife Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville on the brink of having all their dreams come true. Hailing from a small Carolina town, the couple hopes to give their three daughters the life they never had but always wanted. When Jackson comes to know Christ, his “sold-out” actions raise eyebrows and threaten the social status of his family. Fans of southern fiction will love this delightful story about a family torn between their beliefs and other people’s opinions.

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