October is National Book Month! But, is anyone else overwhelmed with the number of books available today? How do you weed out the really, really good ones? You know, the ones you definitely don’t want to miss? I tell you what I’m reading all the time, but I wondered about all the other book out there, so I polled some of my writer friends for their author favorites. I asked two questions:

  1. Out of all the books you have written, which is your favorite? To be fair, this is a bit like asking a mother to name her favorite child. Out loud. For all the world to hear. While each of my books is special to me, as a reader, I like some better than others. (Eek! Don’t tell my books that!)
  2. Out of all the books you have read this year, which is your favorite? As authors, part of our job is to read. We must know what else is available in our genre as well as the general Christian fiction category, and many of us receive requests to endorse another’s work. And, let’s face it. We’re readers!

Want to know the responses I got? Read more below, listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name. [Side note: If you want to know what I think of more books, check out the books I’ve review on my blog by clicking here OR join me on GoodReads by clicking here!]

Author Diana Brandmeyer

Mind of Her Own1. Favorite of My Books: Mind of Her Own

Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill falls out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who is this Collin fellow, claiming she is his wife? And whose kids are those? Her name can’t be Louisa. Why, she is the renowned romance writer Jazz Sweet, not a Midwestern mom of three. Struggling to put the pieces together of the life she’s told she had, Louisa/Jazz may realize that some memories are better left alone.

2. My Favorite Read This Year: I just can’t pick!

Note from Carrie: Ha! I’m actually pleased I got as many answers for my second question as I did from authors. Of course, getting those answers only increased my To Read List.

Author Joanie Bruce

A Memory Worth Dying For1. Favorite of My Books: A Memory Worth Dying For

“Do Not Return To Texas!” Marti Rushing gets the message, loud and clear. If she returns to Texas, her life is in danger. If she stays in Tennessee, she’s safe. But when she receives a letter telling her that Daniel, her ex-husband and the love of her life, is dying, she knows she has to defy the stalker and return to Texas to see him. Three years ago, Daniel accused her of things she couldn’t remember doing. Without waiting for an explanation and after four wonderful years of marriage, Daniel kicks her off of his family’s Quarter Horse ranch. Now, three years after their separation, he walks into her art reception in Tennessee and acts like he doesn’t remember her. Does the memory loss have anything to do with the letter she received, or is Daniel pretending? Is he the one stalking her, or is it someone with a deadly, sinister motive? Ignoring the deadly warnings, she leaves for Texas, but on the way there, the attempts on her life begin. Will she be able to evade her pursuer’s attacks? Or will Daniel’s face be the last one she sees?

How to Hear God's Voice Easily and Effectively2. My Favorite Read This Year: How to Hear God’s Voice Easily and Effectively by Adam Houge

Being led by the Holy Spirit is a must for every Christian. He shows us the Father’s will on a constant basis and leads us down every path of righteousness. But how can we be led by Him unless we understand His voice? How can we understand His voice unless we take the time to sensitize ourselves to it? In this book you’ll learn how to understand God’s voice and the various ways He speaks to you. You’ll learn how to discern God’s will and how to apply it to your life. Through practicing the principles outlined in this book you’ll gain a more fulfilling relationship with God as you learn how to effectively communicate with Him.

Author Jocelyn Green

A Refuge Assured1. Favorite of My Books: A Refuge Assured

Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge? Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

Unbroken2. My Favorite Read This Year: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

Author Ginger Harrington

Holy in the Moment1. Favorite of My Books: Holy in the Moment

Enjoying life (zoe) in Christ comes in the choices we make moment-by-moment. Transparently sharing her struggles with anxiety, fear, and insecurity, Ginger Harrington invites women to discover how intentional choices made in the moment can become holy habits that open the door to healing and freedom. With a refreshing perspective, she shows that holiness isn’t a rigid standard to keep but a gift to receive through a vital relationship with God, who makes us whole. Holy in the Moment explores the practical power of choices to grow in holiness without the pressure of perfectionism. Through gentle encouragement, biblical insights, and applicable ideas learn to discern feelings and overcome distractions and shame, adapt God’s equation for obedience, live a praying life, discover methods for practicing holiness in parenting and the importance of rest, embrace biblical love and forgiveness, and understand how work becomes holy. Find healing and wholeness with simple choices to love God, embrace truth, and enjoy every moment of life with practical ways to be holy by choosing to trust God, rely on his wisdom, and live from his resources.

Communicating for a Change2. My Favorite Read This Year: Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley

Whether you speak from the pulpit, podium, or the front of a classroom, you don’t need much more than blank stares and faraway looks to tell you you’re not connecting. Take heart before your audience takes leave! You can convey your message in the powerful, life-changing way it deserves to be told. An insightful, entertaining parable that’s an excellent guide for any speaker, Communicating for a Change takes a simple approach to delivering effectively. Join Pastor Ray as he discovers that the secrets to successful speaking are parallel to the lessons a trucker learns on the road. By knowing your destination before you leave (identifying the one basic premise of your message), using your blinkers (making transitions obvious), and implementing five other practical points, you’ll drive your message home every time!

What Do You Think?

Did your To Read List just grow a little? Or a lot? Find this post on my Facebook page or Tweet me @CarrieDaws to tell me what makes your Favorite List for 2018.

THE FINE PRINT: The federal government is concerned about businesses getting money from you without you knowing it. So, the Federal Trade Commission dictates that I must tell you when you are giving me any money. For your full information, many of the links above are affiliate links. That means that if you click on one of the links and buy the book from Amazon before destroying my link by going to another place, then Amazon will pay me two pennies. Okay, maybe a little more than two pennies, but truly not much more than two pennies. 

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