Quick Query: TEN BOOKS?

If you've been around here for awhile, you know how much I love to read. 


So today I'd like to hear from you:
  1. NAME 3 BOOKS YOU'VE READ THAT HAVE CHALLENGED YOU OR MADE YOU THINK
  2. NAME 3 BOOKS YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ
  3. NAME YOUR 3 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
  4. NAME ONE BOOK (different from those listed in #1 & #3, if possible) YOU'VE READ THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANY CHRISTIAN WOMAN
Can't wait to hear from you ladies; I always enjoy reading through the answers to these Quick Queries. 

(And yes, if you can't think of three in each of the first three categories, well, then, just list the one or two that you CAN think of!) Just like all of the quick queries, there are no "right" answers here- just answer!

21 comments:

Steph VG said...

Ah, books - one of my favorite topics!

1. NAME THREE BOOKS YOU'VE READ THAT HAVE CHALLENGED YOU OR MADE YOU THINK
--Changed Into His Image (Jim Berg)

--Desiring God (John Piper)

--A Chance To Die (Elisabeth Elliot)


2. NAME THREE BOOKS YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ
--Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)

--When I Don't Desire God (John Piper)

--The Rare Jewel Of Christian Contentment (Jeremiah Burroughs)

(these are just three...I could add 100 more!)

3. NAME YOUR THREE FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
--John
--Colossians
--Job

4. NAME ONE BOOK (different from those listed in #1 & #3, if possible) YOU'VE READ THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANY CHRISTIAN WOMAN
Loving God With All Your Mind (Elizabeth George)

Carolyn in Ky said...

Came across your post looking for Pampered Chef recipe.

My favorite book is by thomas vincent. "The True Christians Love for the unseen Christ"

Other Favorites were 2 COmmentaries by Thomas Watson on the Beattitudes and the Lords Prayer. and a nonfiction book that I Looovvveedd was "Perpetua"

Three Books I would like to read - Pilgrams Progress, Holiness by JC Ryle and any biography.

My favorite books of the Bible are always the one I am studying "John";
"Sermon on the Mount" and "James".

One other recommendation I go to christianadio.com each month and download there frr audio book offer. In Feb it was "Loving a Man, Loving a Woman" I alos listened to absolute Surrender by A. Murray (that is either Andrew or Arthur, I can't remember.

My favorite Blog is oldtruth.com

AIMEE said...

3 Challenging/Make Me Think Books:
1. Crunchy Cons by Rod Dreher
2.My Utmost for His Highest
3. The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne

3 Books I Would Like to Read:
1. Garbageland
2. Desiring God by John Piper
3. What is a Family? by Edith Schaeffer

3 Fave Books of the Bible:
1. Psalms
2. Philippians
3. Luke

1 Book I'd recommend to a Christian Woman:
Listening to Love by Jan Meyers

Bobbie said...

Hi Jess
1. NAME THREE BOOKS YOU'VE READ THAT HAVE CHALLENGED YOU OR MADE YOU THINK

--Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn, by far the best book I've ever read.

--The Treasure Principle, by Randy Alcorn, changed forever our way of giving

--Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren, I learned how to let go of excess baggage, and be obedient to God, even if it meant the end of my marriage!

2. NAME THREE BOOKS YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ

--Pilgrams Progress

--In the Presence of My Enemies and I'll Fly Again, by Gracia Burnham

3. NAME YOUR THREE FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE

--Song of Solomon

--Acts

--Genesis

4. NAME ONE BOOK (different from those listed in #1 & #3, if possible) YOU'VE READ THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANY CHRISTIAN WOMAN

--Safely Home

Kim said...

1. Three books that have challenged me:

There Are No Children Here - Alex Kotlowitz
Babycatcher - Peggy Vincent
(The above two are not Christian books, but the first is a book about the situation of the people living in projects in Chicago, which is both a city that I love and to me, a call to serve; Babycatcher is about a midwife, and really challenged me to think about my scope of practice as a future midwife and what I will and won't be willing to do...)
Through Gates of Splendor - Elisabeth Elliot

2. Three books I'd like to read:

Narnia series
Pilgrim's Progress
The Gulag Archipeligo - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - at some point in my life I want to finish a Russian novel. (In English)

3. Three Favorite Books of Bible:
Ruth
Ecclesiates
1 John

4. One book to recommend:

Girl Meets God - Lauren Winner. It's about the author's conversion from Orthodox Judaism to Christianity.

Mrs. Hagarty said...

Three Favorite Books: (only THREE!)
1. I love Shepherding Your Child's Heart by Ted Tripp and am currently re-reading it. It really deals with the heart of the parent in the way that we parent. Very good!
2. The Bible. Sure that should be #1. Always good for a good think.
3. Life Management for Busy Women by Elizabeth George. The recording of this is great to listen to while doing housework.

Three Books I Would Like to Read:
1. Planting Missional Churches, which is on my shelf but I haven't gotten to it.
2.Simple Sewing with a French Twist, because I've heard its a great crafty book.
3. Taking Charge of Your Fertility, a book I've read before and enjoyed learing from.

Three Favorite Books of the Bible:
1. Psalms, James, and I can't pick a third, its' not fair to choose and exclude all the others!
Recommend: anything by Elizabeth George or Elizabeth Elliot

Kyla said...

Favorite books are ( I could choose at least 100)

The Hiding Place: Corrie Ten Boom

Jesus Freaks: DC Talk

Screwtape Letters: CS Lewis

My Utmost for His Highest: Oswald Chambers

Little Women: Louisa May Alcott ( I reread this every few years)

Want to Read (Again this could really be 100 or more)

Velvet Elvis

Jesus Creed

Mere Christianity

The book I would suggest is:

Diisciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund

Favorite Books of the Bible

Proverbs
Eshter
I Corinthians

*~Tamara~* said...

I can never answer questions about books with any sense of certainty...there are too many, I love them all. The other day I had to drop off my kids books at the library. I didn't have time to browse, but I did go in just to inhale. Yes, it's a sickness.

OK, I'll try:

1> Three books that have challenged or made me think:

*Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul
*Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gotto (not a Christian book but man the light bulbs were clicking on through the whole thing)
*The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink (still need to finish that one)

2>Three Books I would like to read:

*Knowing God by J.I. Packer
*When I Don't Desire God by John Piper
*Turn Neither To The Right Nor To The Left: A thinking Christian's Guide to Politics and Public Policy
by D. Eric Schansberg (this one has now earned a coveted spot on my nightstand and I will start reading it tonight!)

3>Three favorite books of the Bible:

Esther
Job
Colossians

4>One book I would recommend to Christian women:
I have no idea...too many to pick from. How about, "The book I'm going to write?" :-P

I do recommend anything by Elisabeth Elliot, though.

Laurie said...

As of now, here are my answers (always subject to change and reflecting what I have read recently very much!)

Challenging Books:

1. Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper
2. Treasure Principle- Randy Alcorn
3. Love Your God With All Your Mind - J.P. Moreland

Books On My List to Read

1. Reasons for the Hope Within - Alvin Plantinga (editor)

2. He is There and He Is Not Silent- Francis Schaeffer

3. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind - Mark Noll

and a gazillion other "literary" books too, but hey, you said only 3

3 Fav Books of the Bible

1. Daniel
2. John
3. Philippians

One Book everyone should read: Sorry to repeat but,

DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE - JOHN PIPER

Serena said...

THREE BOOKS THAT HAVE CHALLENGED ME OR MADE ME THINK
1 Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss (every time I've read it I've been at a different stage in my life--single, married, mother--and every time it's like reading a book that's had loads of good stuff added to the good stuff alread in it!)
2 Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
3 Be Committed (Commentary on Ruth & Esther) by Warren Wiersbe

THREE BOOKS I WOULD LIKE TO READ (chosen from among the thousands of others)
1 What is an Evangelical? by D. M. Lloyd-Jones
2 The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
3 The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

FAVORITE THREE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE (Are you kidding? Just three?)
1 Ruth
2 Ephesians
3 Psalms

ONE BOOK I'VE READ THAT I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANY CHRISTIAN WOMAN
Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot

Anonymous said...

Three books that have challenged me/made me think:

1. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
2. The House on the Embankment by Yuri Trifonov (a short novel, although the short story by Trifonov called "The Exchange" is also an incredible work)

Yes, I was a Russian major in college, but these books deal with universal themes. I believe that anyone would benefit from reading them.

3. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Three books I would like to read:

1. Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky Bailey
2. Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
3. Kids are Worth It by Barbara Coloroso

Three favorite books of the Bible:
Isaiah, Esther, Psalms

But probably my favorite religious writings are not in the Bible. I enjoy reading many stories and commentaries written by and about scholars over the centuries (e.g. Maimonides, who favored moderation over extremes, and Rabbi Hillel, who was a great teacher and often sparred with his contemporary Rabbi Shammai).

The prayer book our temple uses has a lot of these meditations and commentaries in a section at the beginning.

Not being Christian, I don't feel that it's my place to recommend books to a Christian woman.

Laurie B

melissa said...

NAME THREE BOOKS YOU'VE READ THAT HAVE CHALLENGED YOU OR MADE YOU THINK:
- Changed Into His Image by Jim Berg
- The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
- The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

NAME THREE BOOKS YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ
- How to Meet the Enemy by John Macarthur
- Humility by Andrew Murray
- Ever After by Karen Kingsbury

NAME YOUR THREE FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
- Philippians
- Colossians
- Romans

NAME ONE BOOK (different from those listed in #1 & #3, if possible) YOU'VE READ THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANY CHRISTIAN WOMAN
- Calm my Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow

LisaM said...

1. Challenged me: Pollyanna (yes, that one), The Russians' Secret, Mere Christianity
2. I want to read: Pilgrim's Progress, So Much More, Elisabeth Elliot
3. in the Bible: Philippians, John

Jen said...

Hello! I just happened upon your blog - I truly do feel "at home." :)

NAME THREE BOOKS YOU'VE READ THAT HAVE CHALLENGED YOU OR MADE YOU THINK:
Cries of the Heart - Ravi Zacharias
Let me be a Woman - Elisabeth Elliot
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners - John Bunyan

NAME THREE BOOKS YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ
The Joy of Fearing God - Jerry Bridges
Loved by God - R. C. Sproul
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

NAME YOUR THREE FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
Oh, this is hard.
Hmmm, I'm going with Isaiah, Psalms, Romans

NAME ONE BOOK (different from those listed in #1 & #3, if possible) YOU'VE READ THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANY CHRISTIAN WOMAN
Disciplines of the Godly Woman - Barbara Hughes
This book is great food for thought and excellent!

thecurryseven said...

I'm not good with remembering all the books I've read, so I'll stick with what I'm reading now which falls into the challenging catagory. Which are:

Family Driven Faith and The Ever Loving Truth, both by Voddie Baucham

Catherine said...

Books that have challenged me:
1. The Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman (Ortlund)- read it when I was a teenager and was really impacted.
2. The Celebration of Simplicity (Foster) - read it a couple of years ago and am still challenged by it.
3. How Then Should We Live? (Schaeffer) - just read recently.

Books I would like to read:
1. Anything by Elisabeth Elliot
2. Something by Charles Dickens
3. Dumbing us Down by Gatto

Three favorite books of the Bible:
1. Phillipians
2. John
3. Esther

Book Recommendation:
Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund

Anonymous said...

3 Books That Made Me Think:
1) Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tripp.
Love it, love it. We needed some biblical direction and boy, this was great.
2) The Power of a Praying Wife by S. Omartian.
Great reminder to ask God to change MY heart, not my hubby's...
3) Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendolson.
Yes, it is a book on keeping your home clean. But I definitely see that as one of my duties, and I wasn't doing a very good job. It definitely challenged me!
4) The Tongue by Capps
I don't agree with the 'name-it-claim-it' philosophy, but it REALLY made me think of the impact of my words. Wow.
3 Books I'd Like to Read:
1) The Art of Helping by Briggs.
On my shelf, just hasn't happened yet.
2)Mere Christianity
3) Anything by RC Sproul or John MacArthur

3 Fav Books of the Bible:
1) John
2) James - I need things in black and white!
3) Psalms

1 Recommended Book:
Anything by Beth Moore. Love her!

Lauren

Lisa said...

1. The Sovereignty of God - A.W. Pink
2. When I Don't Desire God - John Piper
3. The Tapestry - Edith Shaeffer (**reading it right now, it is SO good!)

2. L'Abri - Edith Schaeffer
Above all Earthly Powers - David Wells
Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss

3. too tough. Romans is up there. So is Acts and 1&2 Samuel.

4. LOST WOMEN OF THE BIBLE by Carolyn Custis James

Jess said...

OK, I guess it's time for me to answer, although it's even harder now, having seen all of your inspiring lists!!!

(1) THREE CHALLENGING BOOKS:
- Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper
- Have We No Rights? - Mabel Williamson
- Safely Home - Randy Alcorn

(2) THREE BOOKS I'D LIKE TO READ:
- Knowing God - J.I. Packer
- Sovereignty of God -A.W. Pink
- Life & Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss

(3) THREE FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE:
- James
- Acts
- Hebrews
(but I admit-- it IS hard!!!)

(4) BOOK I'D RECOMMEND TO ALL CHRISTIAN WOMEN:
- Knowing Scripture - R.C. Sproul

Thanks for all these great book recommendations, ladies!
Blessings, Jess

Lindsy said...

NAME THREE BOOKS YOU'VE READ THAT HAVE CHALLENGED YOU OR MADE YOU THINK:

1) Genesis
2) The Works of Jonathan Edwards (which I haven't read in full)
3) Don't Waste Your Life (Piper)


NAME THREE BOOKS YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ
1)Logic (Gordon H. Clark)
2)Future Grace (John Piper)
3)Open Heart, Open Home (updated version)

NAME YOUR THREE FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
1) Genesis
And then I can't decide what to choose.

NAME ONE BOOK (different from those listed in #1 & #3, if possible) YOU'VE READ THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANY CHRISTIAN WOMAN

The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses (Vern Poythress)

Anonymous said...

I won't run through the whole list but I will HIGHLY recommend the book:
Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges - EXCELLENT reminder of the grace of God and our 'nothingness'