Sunday Book Club: Heart-shredder Must-Reads

Posted May 1, 2016 by meezcarrie in Sunday Book Club / 48 Comments


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It’s Sunday, so that means it’s time for Sunday Book Club! Yay! 😀

This week’s topic is those books that shred your heart but you still force your friends to read them.

You know, the ones that make you ugly cry. The ones that make you yell at the book.  The ones that, if you’re like Joey from Friends, you may even have to stick in the freezer for a time-out.

BUT… these are also the books that are just SO GOOD that they stick with you forever. You buy them for your friends at every gift-giving occasion – and sometimes just because. You try to work them into as many conversations as possible, even with complete strangers. You may even have more than one copy for your own collection – in multiple formats.

ripped my heart out

Mine would be Safely Home by Randy Alcorn.

(There are, of course, others – but that book is always the first to come to mind when I see the above meme.)

What book comes to mind for you? Maybe it’s more than one! Let me know in the comments – now’s your chance to freely gush about it to people who actually really do want to know 😉

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48 responses to “Sunday Book Club: Heart-shredder Must-Reads

  1. Linda Stuck

    Currently devouring The Red Door Inn by Luzon Johnson. Crying, laughing, wanting to strangle Settings and his frequent insensitive comments….but I have hope AND I love each and every page of characters.

  2. Emilee

    Beneath the Blackberry Moon (Part 2) The Sacred Writings. I was an emotional wreck! But I highly recommend it. ♥️

  3. I loved Safely Home! Definitely a favorite. Also cried with Francine Rivers at the end of first book in Mark of the Lion. Most Karen Kingsbury books kill me with tears, so I had to cut back, ha!

  4. Oh gosh! Let’s see…I would have to say Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner was a VERY emotional ride for me. But is one of my absolute favorites!!!

  5. Rebecca Maney

    All of Ronie Kendig’s books send me on an emotional roller coaster with their high octane blend of brokenness and blessing. Her “Discarded Heroes” series was so moving that I had to put them down for a day or two before I could continue reading. But would I ever skip reading a Kendig story . . . . not on your life. She’s one-of-a-kind!

  6. Redeeming Love had me boohooing at the end. Extreme sobbing. My husband walked into the room and said “why do you read books that make you cry like that?” Because *sob* it’s *sob* so *sob* good! I tell everyone to read this book. Everyone loves it, except one of my friends who just can’t get into it. Really?

    • Carrie

      LOL LOL i don’t think men understand this phenomenon 😉 And yes, Redeeming Love is another one for me too. I have a friend who extremely disliked it, and I just can’t fathom lol.

    • Carrie

      my thought is maybe they just haven’t really ever understood the story of Hosea & Gomer… this is the only explanation I can comprehend 🙂

      • Judy J

        I read this book. I understand the biblical reference completely. I enjoyed the book, but this one did not leave me sobbing like the rest of my book club.

  7. Safely Home is so good, Carrie! My heart shredder is actually not fiction…Pure Gold is the biography of Eric Liddell, and is my favorite book ever, even though I bawled through more than half of it.

  8. Kav

    Ugly cry — snort — I love that description. Definitely Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti. That one grabbed me on so many levels and the unexpected turns felt like sucker punches of raw emotion.

    The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter. I don’t know who I felt more for — Lucy or Zac — but oy I was a blubbering mess reading it.

    Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery. Such gnarly stuff — so raw and real — plus it touched on some personal stuff in my past so it was the perfect storm. A great therapeutic read.

    Anna’s Healing by Vannetta Chapman. And not just an emotional read — but the spiritual kind that moved me to turns in that goosebumpy/heart-burning kind of way.

    • Carrie

      oh those are all great ones!!! I still need to read Goodbye Bride – it’s currently sitting here taunting me 🙂 Song of Silence made me ugly cry too. Yes.

  9. Kav

    Always On My Mind by Susan Mae Warren. I love all the Christiansen books — but this one really did a number on me. Ugly cry doesn’t being to cover it. There are just some storylines that are destined to turn me into a blotchy faced damp mass of raw emotion and this was one of them. 🙂

    Refuge of the Heart by Ruth Logan Herne. Just the content alone made an impact but the way Ruthy connected to it emotionally through her characters. Wow. Just wow.

    Ugh…somebody stop me — I could go on forever. I tend to gravitate towards emotional reads.

  10. Just about anything by Charles Martin, but especially “When Crickets Cry” and “Where the River Runs.” Total tearjerkers in the best possible way 🙂

  11. Pam K.

    The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale. It took me awhile to get into this one; it was billed as Christian fiction but it’s not typical; edgier language for one thing. I don’t like to give up on books(unless they are truly awful) so I stuck with it and was glad I did. Towards the end, I was alternately sobbing and laughing almost hysterically because it was so sad but then so funny. It had a good message and character growth.

    • Carrie

      sometimes those books that we do have to stick with become the ones we become most attached to! Thanks, Pam!

  12. Pam beat me to mentioning it – The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale. I went through about 9 tissues. It was so frank and real about the characters’ failings – which were many. Quite a few people in Oregon now know what Hummingbird Cake is, since I keep making them eat it, secret ingredient & all 😀

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