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Reading is such a gift. The same story can be read by 20 people but experienced in 20 different ways. I love sneaking in five minutes here or ten minutes there on a book. You surprisingly get through a lot of books that way.  I’ve listed 20 of the books I read in 2017 below. Go enjoy a good book, and happy reading!

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The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

Really clever. Really sweet. A story reminding us to appreciate our journeys and the stops and people we meet along the way.

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Battlefield of the Mind

by Joyce Meyer

This is one of those books you could read repeatedly and continually get something new. Great reminders. Great insight.

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Draw the Circle

by Mark Batterson

I read this book with a small group. The stories Batterson shares are miraculous and encouraging. This would be great to read during Lent or another prayer season.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

I took a few months and read all the Potter books. Rowling really is a masterful storyteller. The creativity is utterly amazing.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by J.K. Rowling

I read through all the Potter books. I learned a lot from a writer's perspective. Such an incredible series!

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by Octavia E. Butler

A very clever way of merging modern day with slavery days. Butler doesn't hold back on details. It's a brutal but incredible story.

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Left Behind

by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

What the rapture might look like if it happened today. Suspenseful! Creative! Great applications of biblical prophecies. 

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Letters to the Lost

by Brigid Kemmerer

This was such a refreshing read. It is a sweet, well researched, and cleverly detailed story that made me smile throughout the book. Really good.

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by Frank Peretti

This is the third Peretti book I've read. He is incredibly good at suspense, and this book does not fail in that regard.

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My Name is Lucy Barton

by Elizabeth Strout

Quirky. Honest. Very honest. And oddly enough, I felt as though I got some good advice from reading it. 

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Redeeming Love

by Francine Rivers

An epic love story and definitely now in my list of top ten favorite books. A quick description can't really do it justice. It was so good I read it twice back-to-back!

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The Practice of the Presence of God

by Brother Lawrence

A quiet little book that spoke to me in very unusual ways right when I needed it. Highly recommend.

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The Pursuit of God

by A. W. Tozer

A great book to read a page or two at a time so you don't miss anything!

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The Secret Life of Bees

by Sue Monk Kidd

One of the things I loved about this book most was the lead character's voice. I could hear her so clearly and felt as if I was walking the story out with her. 

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The Secret of Guidance

by F.B. Meyer

One of the best devotionals I've read in a while. I gleaned some great nuggets of God's truth and ways in this little book. 

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A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

This book is a classic for a reason. Once you familiarize yourself with the 19th century language, it's a gripping story. The end is a home run!

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Tribulation Force

by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

The Left Behind sequel that is equally as suspenseful, creative, and gripping as the first novel. 

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Two by Two

by Nicholas Sparks

Sparks definitely draws you into every emotion, thought, feeling and consequence. A tough but sweet story about what families sometimes go through. 

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by Laura Hillenbrand

What a story! Hillenbrand wrote a masterpiece. An incredible tribute to Louie Zamperini and an incredible showcasing of Hillenbrand's talents.

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Woman of God

by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Some of the religious concepts might not be doctrinally correct :-), but Patterson is a master at the page turner! 

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