My Top Three Books of 2018

1. A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea by Melissa Fleming

This was my first & favorite book of the year. If you know me, you know I prefer non-fiction and this book definitely kept me hooked. It follows the life of Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel, who miraculously survived a shipwreck and saved a young child’s life in 2014. Doaa and her husband set out to escape Syria and seek a new life in Europe, but the boat they were on was attacked and sank.

Of the 500 people on board, Doaa and the young child she saved were among only 11 people who survived. She spent four days floating in the sea. This book not only takes you through Doaa’s life before and after the war started, but also explains the events that led up to the Syrian War, which is still happening today. It was written by Melissa Fleming, the chief spokesperson for the United Nations Head Commissioner for Refugees.

2. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

If you watched this movie in 2018, believe me when I say the book is way better. In short, The Hate You Give is about a teen who witnesses her friend’s killing at the hands of a police officer. She’s from the inner city, but attends school in the suburbs. She’s passionate, multifaceted and she’s a top notch code switcher until code switching simply won’t do.

The book gives you a more well-rounded depiction of who Starr Carter is, who her family members are and fully explains the tension between those characters. You’re also introduced to more characters. Starr is the star of the movie, but in my opinion, she’s not the only star of the book. It’s worth the read.

3. Take Heed by Watchman Nee

Take Heed is a Christian book written by a Chinese teacher, who was imprisoned for his faith and spent the last 20 years of his life in confinement.

Take Heed was just what I needed to encourage me to seek a deeper relationship with Christ. Whenever I read Christian books, I need them to be scripture heavy and Watchman Nee used scripture in practically every paragraph to prove his points. It was thought provoking and made me question different aspects of my walk with Christ. Even if I didn’t fully agree with everything, I appreciated that he wasn’t only giving me his opinion. He tied it back to the word of God.

Nee wrote more than a dozen books throughout his life (1903-1972). I’m sure I’ll be tracking down more in 2019.

Feel free to comment your favorite books from 2018. I'm always looking for suggestions and hope to read even more books in the coming year.


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