For most of my life, I didn’t love reading. Binging my favorite Netflix shows or hanging out with friends were always my activities of choice. But, as I’ve gotten older (and more appreciative of alone time) I’ve developed a passion for reading.
So, I am thrilled to share some of the most inspirational books I’ve read so far. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
The Hiding Place
I remember when my mom recommended this book to me, I thought it would be a little boring. But, I promise you, it’s one of the most captivating books I have ever read.
This true story takes you through the shocking and inspiring life of Corrie Ten Boom, a WWII survivor. I’ve always loved WWII stories and this one is by far my favorite.
Whenever I am faced with any hardship or struggle, I think about Corrie and her incredible courage and willingness to trust God even in the most devastating circumstances.
Get The Hiding Place here.
Present Over Perfect
If you’ve been keeping up with Hey, Alana for a while, you know that I’m obsessed with this book.
I read it during a season of my life when I was feeling overworked and exhausted. Present Over Perfect opened up the doors to simplicity and showed me how to let go of perfection.
Now, I’m reading Cold Tangerines, another one of Shauna Niequist’s fabulous books. Basically, I plan to read and re-read all of her books for the rest of my life.
Get Present Over Perfect here.
It Was Me All Along
I began struggling with my body image in the 4th grade. A couple of years ago, I decided to adopt a mindset of body acceptance.
It Was Me All Along helped me through that journey. It comforted me and helped me to find peace with my body. I learned that I wasn’t the only one who spent a long time feeling uncomfortable in her own body. Andie’s story is a beautiful example of what it looks like to find freedom from body shame.
Get It Was Me All Along here.
I love this book for two reasons: first, it started the relationship I have with my best friend. Second, it showed me how to cope with loneliness and gain an identity in Jesus.
Right before I started my junior year in college, I moved into an apartment by myself. I had never lived alone before, and I was beginning to feel a bit isolated. Uninvited taught me the importance of rooting my identity in Christ, and living a full, joyful life regardless of my circumstances.
Get Uninvited here.
I used to be afraid of C.S. Lewis. I was convinced that he was way too smart and I was way too… not smart.
But, I took a leap of faith and decided to start reading Mere Christianity, and C.S. Lewis is now one of my favorite authors.
This book details the foundations of Christianity and provides comprehensible answers to many topics about religion that can be complicated.
Get Mere Christianity here.