Book Recommendations

book recommendations

Summer is time for pleasure reading for many of us. I always have at least one ready to read when I am finished with my current book. Recently I began keeping track of the books I read on a site called Goodreads. I rate the books I read and write reviews for many of them. Check out these book recommendations that may be of interest to readers of my blog.

Health-Related Books

The Complete Guide to Fasting by Jason Fung is an excellent primer on the different types of fasting and their uses. I have been experimenting with eating only two meals per day (omitting breakfast) on many days and it has been working well for me.

Food, What the Heck Should I Eat? by Mark Hyman discusses the types of foods that are best for best health. This book has extensive medical literature references for each of its topics. If you are just starting out on eating a healthy whole foods diet, I highly recommend that you read this book.

The Essential Oils Diet is a book about healthy whole-foods eating while incorporating essential oils into it. Check out my review in this recent post.


Memoirs are great to help you understand the perspective of another person, often very different from you. I enjoyed each of these for different reasons.

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro looks at what happens when you find out that your father is not really your father.

Educated is the memoir of a woman who was raised by a survivalist Mormon family that included abusive family members.

Everything Happens for a Reason is the memoir of Kate Bowler, a Christian professor, who undergoes life-threatening cancer. This is a thoughtful book about dealing with faith in hard times.


I sometimes have the opportunity to preview books before they are published in exchange for a review. These four are some I have read this year and highly recommend.

The Next Right Thing is based on the podcast of the same title by Emily P. Freeman. If you are having trouble making a decision, then this book would be great for you.

This Outside Life looks at the wonder of nature through a spiritual lens.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is an updated version of a book by Dr. Paul Brand who spent many years as a medical missionary in India. This book looks at the intricate human body from a Christian perspective.

Reforesting Faith is by medical doctor turned Christian writer, Matthew Sleeth. The subtitle explains the book best: what trees teach us about the nature of God and his love for us.


These are a few of the books I have really enjoyed recently.

The Gown is a novel about the making of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown. It takes place in London shortly after WWII.

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir takes place in a village in England during WWII. Since it involves singing, of course I liked it!

Savannah from Savannah attracted me because of the location, Savannah Georgia, where we go quite often. It is a light read about a girl just out of college starting her adult life there.

Blessings is a quiet novel that links a baby, a widow and the widow’s young handyman in unexpected ways.

Please leave a comment with any book recommendations you have for me or other readers.

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