The 2019 Intentional By Grace Reading Challenge is here! Today I’m sharing the books that I’m (most likely) going to be reading as I work my through Level 1 of the Reading Challenge.
To complete Level 1 of the 2019 Intentional By Grace Reading Challenge, I need to read a total of 13 books.
These 13 books need to fit the following categories:
- A biography
- A book about Christian living
- A book about diversity
- A book about womanhood
- A book you’ve been meaning to read
- A Christian classic
- A book of the New Testament
- A fiction book just for fun
- A book about communication
- A book about holiness
- A book by an author you’ve read before
- A book from the “Best of 2018” list
- A book of your choice
Below I’m sharing the books I might choose for each category for Level 1.
I’ve listed 2-3 options for each of the categories. I probably won’t read all of these books, but this will give me a list to work from (and maybe help inspire your list as well).
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Now onto my Level 1 reading list. I’d love to hear what you’re reading this year in the comments!
- Christian Heroes, Then and Now set, by Janet Benge & Geoff Benge – I really enjoy this series of books. They are great for reading aloud with the kids, but I get just as much from them. We have several in this series sitting on our homeschool shelf as well as some on Christian Audio I can choose from.
- Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God, by David McCasland – My husband listened to this one last year, and he recommended I add it to my list. He doesn’t make book suggestions often so when he does, I listen.
- Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, by Ray Rhodes Jr. – Who doesn’t want to hear from the wife of Charles H. Spurgeon? I snagged this book on a Kindle deal recently, and I’m leaning toward this being my first biography of the year.
A Book about Christian Living
- The Insanity of God, by Nik Ripken – This is another Kindle deal that I got last year, and it’s been on my list for a while. I have others in this series as well. With a foreword by David Platt, it’s sure to be a good book.
- Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster – This is another one of those books I’ve had on my list for a while. I’ve been hearing about this book from every angle recently, so my curiosity is sufficiently peaked.
A Book about Diversity
- Gay Girl, Good God, by Jackie Hill Perry – I go this on Christian Audio when they ran a sale, so I will be listening to this one rather than reading it. Since gay rights is such a largely debated topic in our culture, I think this would be a good one to read for some perspective.
- Woke Church, by Eric Mason – I heard Eric Mason speak at a True Woman event, and his one key note talk has continued to transform the way I live my life. I look forward to reading his exhortation to the church to think biblically about the topic of racism.
A Book about Womanhood
- Kingdom Woman, by Tony Evans and Chrystal Evans Hurst – This is another one I have on Christian Audio. I’ve been listening to it off and on for several weeks now. I probably would have devoured it had I been reading it, but I actually don’t listen to books very quickly. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve listened to so far though and plan to finish this one this year.
- Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles, by Kathy Keller – I grabbed this book when it was on a Kindle deal at the end of last year. I didn’t realize that Kathy Keller was Tim Keller’s wife. I don’t know if I will agree with this book, but this does cover a topic on womanhood that I want to learn more about.
- Adorned, by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth – I’ve learned a lot from Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth throughout the years. I look forward to reading this one this year.
A Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read
- Lovability, by Brian de Haaf – My husband asked me to read this book in order to help understand him better.
A Christian Classic
- Orthodoxy, by G.K. Chesterton – This comes highly recommended. This is another Kindle deal snag, but it was also on my list of books to read “someday.”
A Book of the New Testament
A Fiction Book Just for Fun
- The Masterpiece, by Francine Rivers – I’ve loved every book I’ve ever read of Francine Rivers, so I expect this book will be no less.
- Risen, by Angela Hunt – This sounds fascinating.
- The Saturday Night Summer Club, by Carla Laureano – I wish I could remember where I heard about this book. It’s set in Denver, Colorado which holds a lot of great memories for our family. I love a good foodie book.
A Book about Communication
I had a really hard time coming up with ideas for this category (and the holiness category), so I asked our private Facebook community for input. This group is worth signing up for the challenge in and of itself! 🙂
- For Better or for Kids, by Patrick & Ruth Schwenk – This looks really good. Communication in marriage is so important especially after kids!
- The Power of Words by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth – I like the idea of this being devotional style.
- How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen & How to Listen So Your Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elain Mazlish – This is highly acclaimed mainstream book on talking with kids. It would be worth reading just to understand what’s being taught and pick up a few tips along the way.
A Book about Holiness
- The Hole in Your Holiness, by Kevin DeYoung – His books are always so accessible. This will most likely be my read for this category seeing as I don’t have any other ideas for this category. If you have some suggestions for this category, let me have them in the comments!
A Book by An Author You’ve Read Before
- Book Girl, by Sarah Clarkson – I have read just about all of Sarah Clarkson’s books and thoroughly loved them. She’s a bosom friend no doubt. I can’t wait to dive into this book.
A Book from the “Best of 2018” List
Since I’m the one who made the best of 2018 reading list, I’m going to actually choose a book from someone else’s best of 2018 reading list.
A Book of Your Choice
- Book Thief, by Markus Zusak – I love children’s and teen’s lit. As someone who loves to be able to recommend books to kids and young adults, I try to keep a heavy run of books in these sort of books in my reading diet. I’ve already started this one, and it’s been hard to stay away from binge reading it.