The 6 Greatest Books I Learn in 2021

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As I talked about yesterday, I solely completed 50 books in 2021. For some folks, that may seem to be quite a lot of books to complete in a 12 months. For me, that’s positively a lot decrease than standard — and I do know it was due to not setting weekly objectives for a lot of the 12 months.

However regardless that I didn’t end as many books as standard, I learn/listened to some actual winners! Right here have been my prime six books I completed in 2021:

We Had been the Fortunate Ones

This was my very favourite audiobook of the 12 months! That is based mostly on the true story of a Jewish household throughout World Conflict II who have been separated everywhere in the world and the way they ended up surviving and finally being reunited. It’s deeply shifting, gripping, and heartbreaking. However on the similar time, it’s the story of affection, household, and perseverance in opposition to all odds.

One factor I seen was how inventive and decided every of the members of the family was to beating the chances, developing with exterior the field concepts, and never giving up. When throughout it felt like every thing was crumbling and hopeless, they selected to maintain urgent on and maintain holding on to the desire to stay.

Of all of the components of the ebook, I believe the sections that almost all impacted me have been considering of what it might be wish to have younger kids in the course of the Holocaust and the way deeply tough it might be to attempt to take care of and defend a child or youngster within the midst of so worry, uncertainty, and straight up disregard for human life. I can’t even start to think about and this ebook helped me to have a glimpse into simply how horrific that may have been.

Be aware: There’s a little little bit of language and, as you possibly can think about, some intense and graphic subjects are touched on. Nevertheless, I felt just like the ebook did a superb job of not going into unnecessarily graphic particulars and stayed true to the story and experiences.

Verdict: 5 stars

One thing Must Change: A Name to Make Your Life Depend in a World of Pressing Want

And this was my prime learn of the 12 months — the one that almost all deeply impacted my life! In the event you learn one ebook from this listing, please learn this one.

I simply couldn’t give this ebook any lower than 5 stars! It chronicles in lovely and brutal element David Platt’s week-long trek within the Himalayas. He takes you on the journey with him to expertise the sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and bone-chilling chilly he witnessed. However the chilly wasn’t essentially the most chilling a part of his week, not by any stretch of the creativeness. He pens so vulnerably his encounters with nice poverty, trafficking of little ladies, and human struggling, the likes of which he didn’t even consider existed.

This ebook is his trustworthy account of questioning his long-held beliefs about God, struggling, and what it actually means to provide your life to observe in Jesus’ steps. He doesn’t give quite a lot of solutions within the ebook; he principally simply shares tales, asks questions, and challenges you to cease dwelling a lifetime of complacency.

It’s a well-written ebook that attracts you in with the participating story line and leaves you taking a extremely deep take a look at your coronary heart, your decisions, and your perspective. I extremely advocate it — and may’t cease speaking about the way it has made me study life with recent eyes and ears to the necessity round me — and around the globe.

Verdict: 5 stars

The Issues We Can not Say

This ebook wasn’t in any respect what I anticipated and I virtually didn’t maintain listening after the primary few chapters as a result of it threw me off… however I’m so glad that I did as a result of it ended up being such an exquisite story.

I liked attending to stroll within the sneakers of a mother who has a toddler on the autism spectrum and to really feel extra empathy for what she is experiencing and strolling by. The ebook additionally made me consider how everyone seems to be carrying heavy burdens and the way many individuals are in all probability strolling round with secrets and techniques and burdens and struggles that we don’t know something about.

Be aware: This ebook accommodates just a little crass language.

Verdict: 4 stars

Don’t Miss Out: Daring to Imagine Life is Higher With the Holy Spirit

In the event you really feel like one thing is lacking in your religious stroll, when you’ve got at all times struggled with questioning what you consider in regards to the Holy Spirit, or if you’re drained from attempting to energy by life in your individual energy, I believe this ebook this ebook will encourage and bless you.

I appreciated Jeannie’s trustworthy phrases of how she’s wrestled by what she writes on this ebook. As somebody who — simply in the previous couple of years — has started to really perceive the Holy Spirit and what it means to stay life relying upon upon Him, I resonated with a lot of this ebook. I extremely advocate each Christian learn this ebook and take it to coronary heart… it simply would possibly utterly change your whole life!

Verdict: 4 stars

The Lady With the Blue Star

I listened to this audiobook and located it to be a extremely participating story (that was additionally nicely narrated). Whereas a number of the story felt pretty unbelievable and inconceivable, it opened up my eyes to a different World Conflict II story I’d by no means heard of earlier than: Jews who hid within the sewers so as to survive the Holocaust.

If you wish to learn extra of the real-life accounts of Jewish folks hiding within the sewer, take a look at this web site. And now I wish to learn The Woman within the Inexperienced Sweater, a primary hand retelling of surviving within the sewer for 14 months and in addition the ebook, Within the Sewers of Lvov: A Heroic Story of Survival from the Holocaust. (Have any of you learn both of those?)

Verdict: 4 stars


I learn this ebook quite a lot of years in the past and liked it. Silas and I simply completed studying it collectively for his summer season studying mission and I liked it much more — particularly because the predominant character has cleft lip/palate and we might relate much more to him due to what we’ve walked by/skilled with Child D.

This ebook sheds mild on the significance of kindness, empathy, and compassion. And the way our phrases and actions could make such a distinction in somebody’s life — each positively and negatively.

Verdict: 4 stars (Be aware: I edited a number of the language within the ebook whereas studying the ebook aloud to Silas.)

Honorable Point out: Charlotte’s Internet

I completed studying this ebook to Kierstyn final week. It’s been a very long time since I’ve learn Charlotte’s net and we actually loved studying it collectively (or at the very least I loved the story and he or she appeared to at the very least grasp a tiny little little bit of it from the photographs within the ebook!).

The one factor I had forgotten was that the ebook could possibly be very unhappy (Charlotte dies) and probably scary to delicate children (Earlier than Charlotte saves his life, Wilbur goes to be butchered and the ebook alludes to this a number of instances). I additionally felt like there was positively some bullying from the animals and a few shaming. I do know, I do know, I in all probability am over-analyzing these items, however I believe it’s essential that we name these items out to our children and have conversations about it.

That stated, I’m giving it 4 stars as a result of I actually benefit from the story total and assume it’s a worthwhile traditional ebook to learn aloud as a household — particularly in case your children aren’t extremely delicate, get pleasure from animals, and are between the ages of (possibly) 6-10?

Be aware: This ebook has three books by E.B. White in a single ebook and we learn all of them. We particularly loved Charlotte’s Internet and The Trumpet of the Swan.

Verdict: 4 stars

I requested you all for suggestions of excellent, clear fiction with depth. Lots of you beneficial Charles Martin as an writer. I listened to quite a lot of his audiobooks this previous 12 months and actually loved them. His writing is uncooked and actual and his tales pull you in… however additionally they have quite a lot of underlying that means and make you assume.

Most of them usually are not overtly Christian, however have Christian undertones. In case you are searching for a brand new fiction writer, positively take a look at his books!

What have been one of the best books you learn in 2021? Any that I need to learn in 2022?

Coming quickly: My Studying Targets for 2022

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