My Fave Reads of 2016: NonFiction

December 31, 2016 Best Books 2016, nonfiction 12

Closing out this week of faves with my fave NONFICTION reads from 2016. While this isn’t my typical genre of choice, I am always in search of good nonfiction and when I find it I highlight and star and heart and circle all over the pages. And then usually shove it at other people just like I do with my fave fiction reads 😉

Just to recap this past week:

Monday – Contemporary
Tuesday – Fantasy/YA/Fairy Tales
Wednesday – Historical
Thursday – Mystery/Suspense
Friday – Amish Fiction
TODAY – Nonfiction

So without further ado, here are my fave NONFICTION reads from 2016!

If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy (and other myths wives believe) by Rhonda Stoppe
PUBLISHER: Harvest House
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2015
PAGES: 224

 

My Review

Perfect for newlyweds and “oldyweds” (like me lol), If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy gives hope and practical resources to wives who are at the end of their patience, the end of their love, and perhaps the end of their marriage. It’s engaging and conversational while at the same time packed with solid truth, Scriptural support, and wise advice. I also really enjoyed the “From a Husband’s Perspective” at the end of each chapter, written (as you may have already guessed) by the author’s husband. The chapters also end with two sections called “Thinking It Through” and “Living It Out” and links are provided throughout to Rhonda’s website NoRegretsWoman.com for additional supplemental material. These all combine together to make this an excellent resource for small groups too.

As the Ink Flows by Dekkema, Teague, Ford, Loopstra, and Cummings
PUBLISHER: Judson Press
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2016
PAGES: 192

 

My Review

If you are a writer… a blogger… a creative person … a speaker … a ministry leader … or you know someone who is, As the Ink Flows would be a phenomenal asset for your devotional needs. The devotions are quick to grab before getting ready in the morning, on your lunch hour, or during a writing break but are also full of profound truth that settles in the heart and points to Jesus. These co-authors love Jesus and love writing, and it shows, their different writing voices complementing each other and providing options for all sorts of preferred reading styles.

Hunting Hope by Nika Maples
PUBLISHER: Worthy Inspired
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2016
PAGES: 240

 

My Review

Hunting Hope is one of those books that I’m pretty sure was written just for me. In her engaging, conversational and “real” style – infused with touches of delightfully wry humor – Nika Maples challenged me to pursue hope like I’m hunting it down. Her teaching on this subject comes from a place of experience and therefore from the lessons she’s learned in the dark & dreary winter seasons of her life. It’s practical, accessible, and so very encouraging.

And It Was Beautiful by Kara Tippetts
PUBLISHER: David C. Cook
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2016
PAGES: 256

 

My Review

And It Was Beautiful is a quick read but wow – there’s a lot packed in that small space! Her voice, her writing style, make you feel as though you’ve been friends for years. Her love for her family, for her friends, for her Jesus is so evident in each poignant vignette, and her journey with cancer – and the gift of grace through it all – will engage all of your emotions. While at first you may think that a book like this would be depressing, it is anything but a downer. Yes, you will ugly-cry. But you will also smile and laugh and be overwhelmingly reminded of the goodness of God and His faithfulness. Kara’s testimony is raw at times, witty at others, but always always beautiful.

What about you? What were some of your fave NONFICTION reads of 2016?

Carrie

12 Responses to “My Fave Reads of 2016: NonFiction”

  1. Carolyn Astfalk

    I only read about six nonfiction books this year (of about 100 total). Here are my two favorites: Divine Mercy for Moms:Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet. Written for the busy, time-crunched woman, this is full of simple, practical, relatable experiences and suggestions. I loved it! Also, A Walk in Her Sandals:Experiencing Christ’s Passion Through the Eyes of Women edited by Kelly M. Wahlquist. So, this one is kind of cheating because it’s a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. (This is such a creative project!!) It combines nonfiction reflections, questions, etc. with Stephanie Landsem’s short fiction. (You might know her from her excellent biblical fiction in The Living Water series.) I’d like to reread this one during Lent.

  2. ~JJ

    The Bait of Satan by John Bevere is the latest book our Ladies Bible Study studied. We all loved it. It’s about the trap of being offended. Ultimately, it’s about humility. I probably read other non-fiction, but I’d have to ck my goodreads list to be reminded what it was.

  3. Carol Ford

    “I will not allow busyness and scatteredness to darken and obscure God’s path. Will you? It’s very easy to become blinded by the chaos and mess around us. But, if we pay attention and look, we will see the light of God’s Word showing the way.” This quote from As the Ink Flows written by Glenda Dekkema seems like and appropriate way to start a new year. Thanks, again, Carrie for picking our devotional in 2016.

  4. Claudia Loopstra

    Thank you, Carrie! Selecting As the Ink Flows as a favorite takes me into the new year with a good deal of encouragement for reaching out and
    touching the lives of others through this devotional!

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