I am sharing with my readers a list of books I have read from my childhood all the way up to now. These books have stayed with me throughout my whole life. Some of these books I read for pleasure, others for educational purposes. I will continue to add to this list as I recall them. I will also add a comment after each book, letting you know in a brief statement why the book stayed with me.
In this long-awaited sequel to her bestselling books Writing Down the Bones
and Wild Mind
, Natalie Goldberg, one of the most sought-after writing teachers of our time, takes us to the next step in the writing process.
You’ve filled your notebooks, done your writing practice, discovered your original voice. Now what? How do you turn this raw material into finished stories, essays, poems, novels, memoirs?
Drawing on her own experience as a writer and a student of Zen, Natalie shows you how to create a field big enough to allow your “wild mind” to wander — and then gently direct its tremendous energy into whatever you want to write.
Here, too, is invaluable advice on how to overcome writer’s block, how to deal with the fear of criticism and rejection, how to get the most from working with an editor, and how to learn from reading accomplished authors.
With humor and compassion, Goldberg recounts her own mistakes on the way to publication — and how you can avoid the most common pitfalls of the beginning writer. Through it all there is a deep celebration of writing itself — not just as the means to an end, but as a path to living a deeper, more fully alive life.
Natalie Goldberg’s books mentor me so much. I read this book and it helped me to prepare my mind to work with an editor. Her advice about how to let your editor help you grow in the craft was excellent; once I read this book, I was ready. When I received my manuscript for my upcoming book; SALSA! THE TASTE of LIFE, Amber Losson, my editor praised my work and I was astounded. She gave me some pointers and I was open to hear what she had to say, thanks again to Natalie Goldberg’s advice in this book.
The Old Man and the Sea
is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal
—a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream
. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature
I was amazed when I read this classic. This book held me spell-bound from beginning to finish. To me, it’s by far Hemingway’s BEST work! Reading this book made me want to start writing more short stories, a genre I thoroughly enjoy.
Jenny Blake has a theory about life: big decisions often don’t amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything. Her theory proves true the summer she’s 14, when she makes the decision to pick up a penny embedded in asphalt and consequently ends up stopping a robbery, getting a job, and meeting someone who changes her life forever-Miss Shaw.
This is by far my favorite Joyce Meyer book!
The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis
Ten Classic Bible Stories As Thou Hath Never Seen Them Before!
• The Garden of Eden
• Cain and Abel
• The Flood
• Noah’s Insobriety
• The Tower of Babel
• Sodom and Gomorrah
• God Tests Abraham
• Jacob and His Cousins
• Jacob Wrestles God
• Joseph Is Ambushed.
A few years back I found this cool little book. I brought it home and my kids squealed with delight. All my kids have enjoyed playing with Lego’s at different stages of their childhood and when they saw The Bible stories told in Lego pictures well, it made them take a more in depth look at it. Now that they’re older, I still see some of them thumb through this book.
In the town of Tortilla Flat above beautiful Monterey lived a group of men called the paisanos. They were drunkards, thieves, ruffians, and vagabonds, but they were also surprisingly good at heart; requiring little more from life than friendship and a little wine
I read this book after I read THE WINTER of OUR DISCONTENT by John Steinbeck. Here is a dark tale of how base human nature can be. All of the characters were not some one I’d like to meet up with and yet at the same time I ended up feeling pity and compassion for most of them. John Steinbeck’s wonderful descriptions of California during an earlier time, made me want to go discover those places on my own, to see them for myself.
The Winter of Our Discontent
From a swashbuckling pirate fantasy to a meditation on American morality?two classic Steinbeck novels make their black spine debuts
I read this book last summer and I was hooked from page one. I have read other John Steinbeck books but this one captivated my interest the most. I enjoyed reading about an earlier time in American history when things seemed to be more simple and families appeared more intact than they are now. This book will stay with me for a long time to come thanks to Steinbeck’s vivid word pictures.
As a writer I have several mentors and one of them is Mark Twain. I have studied his works since I was a child and the first Mark Twain book I fell in love with was THE ADVENTURES of HUCKLEBERRY FINN. I read it first when I was in the 5th grade and I would go to the library every week to check it out because I re-read it continually for a few weeks in a row.
As Clear As Claire Gets
Is your past still haunting you? Do you want to have real peace in your life? As Clear as Claire Gets, my own personal memoir will help you discover that you can overcome rejection and abuse as long as you have faith. It doesn’t take a whole lot of faith either, just TRUST! Don’t ever give up! This book will bring you to a place where you can start seeing that inner-peace and contentment are worth attaining. “God has not given you fear, instead His power and love are available to you in order to give you a sound mind. Believe and real freedom can be yours!”-Clara Brincat(less
Available in Soft and Hardback as well as in e-book form
This is my book! It is is about my faith in God and how He has brought me so far and why I’m so thankful for everything He has done for me.
The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss
The stories of one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors are both imaginative and entertaining. But a closer look at Dr. Seuss’s stories reveals that many are also inspirational. In this accessible and immensely enjoyable resource, Kemp finds parallels between the actions of cats in hats, Grinches, Snitches, Sneetches, and other “creachas” and lessons found in Scripture. Each reflection begins with an insightful biblical passage and features lines from the original Dr. Seuss book. Thus, as the author shares his enthusiasm for the creativity and wisdom of Dr. Seuss, both the meaning and the relevance of many Bible passages come to life. Reflections on these favorite stories are included: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
!, Horton Hatches the Egg
, Yertle the Turtle
, What Was I Scared Of?, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
, The Zax
, Horton Hears a Who!, Green Eggs and Ham, Bartholomew and the Oobleck
, The Sneetches, The Butter Battle Book
, and On Beyond Zebra!
I love the insights in this book. When my kids and I studied it for school a long while ago, the Dr. Seuss books they grew up with became all the more endearing to them and me.
Talk radio sensation and New York Times bestselling
author Michael Savage again goes for the jugular in this latest brash,
incendiary attack on the corrosive effects of liberalism on our culture.
Where The Savage Nation took shots at everything under the
political spectrum, this book focuses squarely on the dangers assailing
the cornerstones of American life, pointing out how liberal propaganda and
agendas are seeping into our churches, our schools, even our families.
Bold, sometimes angry, and always controversial, this book is pure,
no-holds-barred Michael Savage, one of the strongest, most original voices
in America today
My husband and I read this book and the message is clear. If you really want to know what’s going on in some colleges, read this before you send your kids off.
The Small One
A young boy is heartbroken when he has to sell his favorite donkey, Small One. But the boy’s unhappiness is lessened when he finally finds a man who will give Small One the love and care he deserves, little knowing that the man is Joseph and that Small One will become the steed that carries Mary to Bethlehem.
My sister in law Carol, gave my kids this book for Christmas when they were very young. This book has become a favorite of mine because the story is simple yet the message is deep.
The God who saves is also a God who woos His own to a relationship primarily of the heart. As we draw closer to Him, we must choose to let go of other “less-wild lovers,” such as perfectionistic driveness and self-indulgence. Eldredge and Curtis identify the lies offered by “false loves” and instruct us on the journey back to the Lover of our souls.In carefully crafted words and images, the authors entice the reader to his or her own journey of the heart, promising, “It is possible to recover the lost life of our heart and with it the intimacy, beauty, and adventure of life with God.
2 Summers ago I vacationed by going to visit my best friend from high school in Texas. She put this book in my hand and by the time my week long stay was over, I had devoured it. It’s the type of book that will cause you to grow in your daily walk. WARNING: This read is not for the faint hearted!
The Baby Chicks Sing/Los Pollitos Dicen
I simply love this book because it brings back all of those childhood rhymes I used to sing when I was a little girl in Colombia. I would take this book when my kids were very young and I’d share our Latin culture with them. At times, I would use these songs while they jumped rope, just like I used to do when I was that age.
Screwtape is an experienced devil. His nephew Wormwood is just beginning his demonic career and has been assigned to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. In this humorous exchange, C. S. Lewis
delves into moral questions about good v. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better knowledge of what it means to live a good, honest life.
I read this book for the first time when I was a young Believer. The truths in this book are as fresh and relevant as they were on the day they were penned.
The Family Nobody Wanted
Doss’s charming, touching, and at times hilarious chronicle tells how each of the children, representing white, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Mexican, and Native American backgrounds, came to her and husband Carl, a Methodist minister. She writes of the way the “unwanted” feeling was erased with devoted love and understanding.
I read this book in the 5th grade and it helped me grieve the pain of losing my own parents.
This is the wonderful book I used to teach my kids about how God will honor a person for choosing to stay pure before marriage. I highly recommend that young people read it before they venture out into the world of dating.
The Final Quest
This is the account Rick Joyner gives of a vision he experienced over the course of a year in which he claims to have viewed the unfolding of the last battle between light and darkness. This is the complete vision, including parts not previously seen.
We are currently studying this book for school. I read it many years ago and when my 2nd daughter took it read on her own, I knew it was time to introduce it to the rest of my kids. My youngest daughter said after our first day of reading it: ” Why aren’t they teaching this in Youth Groups at church?”
This best-selling tale is based on the biblical figures of David, Saul
, and Absalom. For the many Christians who have experienced pain, loss, and heartache at the hands of other believers, this compelling story offers comfort, healing, and hope. Christian leaders and directors of religious movements throughout the world have recommended this simple, powerful, and beautiful story to their members and staff. You will want to join the thousands who have been profoundly touched by this incomparable story.
This is a tremendously powerful read ; it is the most comforting book that I have picked up when I have needed insight and understanding. I read it to my students a few weeks ago and they enjoyed it very mucChurches That Abuse
A few years ago a good friend of mine recommended I read this book after I went through some trying, hurtful times in a church I was regularly attending. I recently had to return to this book. It is a valuable tool for anyone who has been hurt in church.
Honestly written with no pretense. I am not a fan of his music. Reading this book made me see the beauty of this man’s soul.
I first read this book when I was in the 4th grade. I loved that Anne was an orphan like me. She encouraged me to get along in a new family as best as I could. I checked out that book from the school library so many times I lost count. Reading about another orphan helped me feel not so alone.
This was the first book I could read by myself . I was 6 years old when I came to the US and I had to learn English. One day I picked this book up, and I was able to read it all the way through and I was so proud of myself.