Spring Book Recommendations

I hope you all had a lovely Easter! It’s been a while since I did a book recommendations post, but I have been fortunate to enjoy several books over the last couple of months so I’m going to share two favourite fiction books and two favourite non-fiction books today.

The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Daré

If I could recommend only one book, it would be this one! I read a lot of good books, but occasionally there is one that stands out and I would say this book is my favourite of any I’ve read in the last few years!

It tells the story of Adunni, a fourteen year-old Nigerian girl who dreams of having an education, but who is sold by her father to become the third wife of an elderly man. Despite this, Adunni is determined to find her voice and rise above her circumstances.

Her story is sometimes funny, often heartbreaking, and always inspiring. It is sad to think that Adunni’s situation is one that is shared by some girls in Nigeria, ultimately her courage and determination make it a story of hope. The style of writing is unique and takes a little bit of getting used to, but once I got a few pages into this book, I could hardly put it down.

You can find “The Girl With The Louding Voice” on Amazon at these links: UK, US.

Braver by Deborah Jenkins

“Braver” is the debut novel by Deborah Jenkins. It focuses on the stories of three individuals:

Hazel, a young woman who is fairly isolated, struggling with OCD and anxiety
Harry, a teenage boy with an alcoholic mother, also facing bullying at school
Virginia, a minister who has suffered tragic loss and is accused of inappropriate behaviour with a minor

The three stories coincide in a way that testifies to the power of community and its role in pointing to hope and healing in the midst of life’s challenges. Despite their flaws, I liked each of the characters and wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen to them.

I felt that the book pointed to hope in a way that was uplifting but also realistic, and I really appreciated the way the church is presented in a positive light. There is nothing explicitly Christian about the story, but it is encouraging to see Christian community represented in a way that is positive and, I believe, true to life.

You can find out more about “Braver” here. It will be released on 30th June 2022.

How Did I Get Here? by Christine Caine

Moving on to non-fiction: it’s all too easy to find ourselves drifting away from God without even realising it. As Christine Caine points out in this book, drifting is not the result of a conscious decision, but something that can happen over time if we don’t have certain checks in place, and it is something that can happen even to those who have been Christians for a long time and whose faith is strong.

This book highlights some of the warning signs to be aware of – e.g. you may have drifted if you stop trusting and start controlling, if you stop praying and start talking… – and it provides tips to help you get back on track.

Christine Caine shares in a way that is encouraging and motivational rather than condemning, and she shares honestly from her own story throughout the book.

I’d recommend this book whether or not you feel like you are drifting, as the earlier you can identify the warning signs, the earlier you can take preventative action!

You can find “How Did I Get Here?” on Amazon at these links: UK, US.

Out Of The Dark by Mandisa

Mandisa is best known for her Grammy-award winning song “Overcomer” and her appearance in the final of American Idol, but along the way she has faced several challenges and dark times. I appreciated the honesty with which Mandisa shares her story in this book. From struggles with body image and depression to facing the death of a close friend, along with the accompanying questions of why so many prayers went unanswered, she shares in a way that is real and vulnerable, never sugar-coating it or pretending to have all the answers. She also points to hope in Jesus that is greater than the darkness. This book is a quick and easy read but it contains several encouraging insights that are applicable to all, whatever the challenges we face in life.

You can find “Out Of The Dark” on Amazon at these links: UK, US.

I hope you’ve found something here that interests you, and I’d love to hear from you! What good books have you read recently? Feel free to share in the comments.

I’m grateful to Fairlight Books, Nelson Books, Dexterity/ K-LOVE, and Netgalley for access to complementary digital copies of three of these books.  I only share books here that I genuinely believe will be beneficial to my readers.
Amazon links are not affiliate links, but simply provided for your convenience.

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10 thoughts on “Spring Book Recommendations

  1. These all look good. I am so thankful I didn’t grow up in a culture like Adunni’s. I’d have a hard time going with the flow, but I guess people didn’t have any other options.

    One recent favorite for me was Another Gospel: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity by Alisa Childers.

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    1. Yes, I am very grateful that I didn’t experience what Adunni did in the book. I was quite shocked to discover that it is actually set very recently – around 2014. At first I was a bit confused because it talks about things like the internet but in many other ways it seemed like it was set long ago.
      I read Another Gospel a while ago (last year I think) and I found it really helpful too. I’ve also appreciated some of Alisa Childers’ podcasts.

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  2. I’ve heard about Mandisa’s book here and there, Lesley … it sounds really good. The other books you read are intriguing too. Right now I’m reading a book called “Garden Maker” by Christie Purifoy that is really putting me in the mood to go work in my flowerbeds!

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