The Ten Books That Changed My Life


These are not just my favorite books, but ones that truly changed me.  Please comment if you’re interested in how or why these changed my thinking.  Comment with books that have changed you!




1. The Bible. Duh. Sorry. Had to put that one down.                                

2. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson


3. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Life Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry


5. A Wrinkle in Time and the sequel, A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle

6. A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke

7. 31 Days of Praise by Warren and Ruth Myers

8. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom



9. Elsie Dinsmore (and the Elsie series) by Martha Finley

10. Missionary Patriarch: The True Story of John G. Paton

2 thoughts on “The Ten Books That Changed My Life

  1. How did A Wrinkle in Time change you? I read the first three chapters, and stopped because it was too “scary” but then again, I was only 10 at the time XD


    • I can see how that would be. I also think the concepts would be above a ten-year-old. However, it’s definitely a PG, or even hard G book. It’s very appropriate, and everything is high in concept. There isn’t much that is actually scary for a young adult like myself. I’d give it a try again, but feel free to wait until my book review on it comes out (I’m re-reading it and reviewing it right now). Be aware that L’Engle is a Universalist, however (feeling like all roads get to heaven).
      I guess A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet changed my thinking because they were the first sci/fi scientific, deep books of their kinds that I read. Not only was I impressed with the immense imagination of the author, but A Swiftly Titling Planet, where they go into the human body and heal it, while not really biblical, was amazingly intense and well-thought-out and deeply artistic, in a sense where I praised God for the details in what He had created. I was also impressed that a woman could write so scientifically and imaginatively in a field that, before her time, had been so dominated by men. I’m not a feminist, but I think that L’Engle was probably INTJ, and that’s a rare type for women. Her brain worked in ways I had only heard men do up to that point, and I was impressed and learned a lot of depth-writing from her.
      I hope this makes sense!


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