The 6 Finest Books I Learn in 2021

As I mentioned yesterday, I only finished 50 books in 2021. For some folks, which may seem to be quite a lot of books to complete in a yr. For me, that’s undoubtedly a lot decrease than regular — and I do know it was due to not setting weekly goals for much of the year.

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

We Were the Lucky Ones

This was my very favourite audiobook of the yr! That is based mostly on the true story of a Jewish household throughout World Struggle II who had been separated all around the world and the way they ended up surviving and ultimately being reunited. It’s deeply transferring, gripping, and heartbreaking. However on the similar time, it’s the story of affection, household, and perseverance towards all odds.

One factor I seen was how artistic and decided every of the members of the family was to beating the percentages, developing with exterior the field concepts, and never giving up. When throughout it felt like the whole lot was crumbling and hopeless, they selected to maintain urgent on and preserve holding on to the need to reside.

Of all of the components of the guide, I believe the sections that the majority impacted me had been considering of what it might be wish to have younger youngsters through the Holocaust and the way deeply troublesome it might be to attempt to look after and shield a child or baby within the midst of so concern, uncertainty, and straight up disregard for human life. I can’t even start to think about and this guide helped me to have a glimpse into simply how horrific that will have been.

Observe: There’s a little little bit of language and, as you possibly can think about, some intense and graphic matters are touched on. Nonetheless, I felt just like the guide did a very good job of not going into unnecessarily graphic particulars and stayed true to the story and experiences.

Verdict: 5 stars

Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need

And this was my prime learn of the yr — the one that the majority deeply impacted my life! In case you learn one guide from this record, please learn this one.

I simply couldn’t give this guide any lower than 5 stars! It chronicles in stunning 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 probably 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 imagine existed.

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

It’s a well-written guide that pulls you in with the participating story line and leaves you taking a very deep take a look at your coronary heart, your selections, and your perspective. I extremely suggest it — and might’t cease speaking about the way it has made me look at life with contemporary eyes and ears to the necessity round me — and around the globe.

Verdict: 5 stars

The Things We Cannot Say

This guide wasn’t in any respect what I anticipated and I virtually didn’t preserve 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 a lovely story.

I cherished attending to stroll within the footwear 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 way of. The guide 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.

Observe: This guide comprises a little bit crass language.

Verdict: 4 stars

Don’t Miss Out: Daring to Believe Life is Better With the Holy Spirit

In case you really feel like one thing is lacking in your religious stroll, in case you have at all times struggled with questioning what you imagine concerning the Holy Spirit, or if you’re drained from making an attempt to energy by way of life in your personal power, I believe this guide this guide will encourage and bless you.

I appreciated Jeannie’s trustworthy phrases of how she’s wrestled by way of what she writes on this guide. As somebody who — simply in the previous few years — has started to actually perceive the Holy Spirit and what it means to reside life relying upon upon Him, I resonated with a lot of this guide. I extremely suggest each Christian learn this guide and take it to coronary heart… it simply would possibly fully change your complete life!

Verdict: 4 stars

The Woman With the Blue Star

I listened to this audiobook and located it to be a very participating story (that was additionally effectively narrated). Whereas a few of the story felt pretty inconceivable and inconceivable, it opened up my eyes to a different World Struggle II story I’d by no means heard of earlier than: Jews who hid within the sewers in an effort to survive the Holocaust.

If you wish to learn extra of the real-life accounts of Jewish folks hiding within the sewer, check out this site. And now I need to learn The Girl in the Green Sweater, a primary hand retelling of surviving within the sewer for 14 months and in addition the guide, In 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 guide quite a lot of years in the past and cherished it. Silas and I simply completed studying it collectively for his summer time studying challenge and I cherished it much more — particularly for the reason that foremost character has cleft lip/palate and we may relate much more to him due to what we’ve walked by way of/skilled with Child D.

This guide sheds gentle 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 (Observe: I edited a few of the language within the guide whereas studying the guide aloud to Silas.)

Honorable Point out: Charlotte’s Web

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

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

That mentioned, I’m giving it 4 stars as a result of I actually benefit from the story general and assume it’s a worthwhile basic guide 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?

Observe: This guide has three books by E.B. White in a single guide 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 advisable Charles Martin as an creator. I listened to quite a lot of his audiobooks this previous yr 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. If you’re in search of a brand new fiction creator, undoubtedly check out his books!

What had been the perfect books you learn in 2021? Any that I have to learn in 2022?

Coming quickly: My Studying Objectives for 2022

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