As readers, we are always searching for a book that impacts us.
“Impact” can be taken in a multitude of ways—it’s basically the reason why we read in the first place. I love books with deep-rooted meaning. They can be from any genre, as long as the book has purpose and learning points to take away.
Each of the books listed here are near and dear to me for various reasons. Some I’ve been familiar with for a long time, and have gotten me through different stages through my life.
The Holy Bible
It's amazing how this almost feels taboo to mention. Well, I'll proudly say that this is the most influential, inspirational, and impactful book that I've ever read. It's truly changed my life and there aren't words to express my thankfulness for it.
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle
I read this book in the beginning of 2017. This nonfiction book discusses L'Engle's processes as a Christian artist, and her experience as an author through the years. I found it to be absolutely brimming with wisdom in so many areas. It really helped to shed some light on my artistic nature, and pin-point traits about myself that I hadn't understood how to even say before reading her explanation and expression of self here.
The Shack by William P. Young
The Shack was one of the first books I ever wrote a review for, which probably wasn't very good 😛 But that's not the reason why I'm thankful for it.
After having my first child, I noticed how fearful of things that I had become. Especially when it came to things happening to my daughter. This book, rocked me to my core, and challenged me to look inwardly to analyze if I was putting my daughter in the hands of God, or if I was trying to control what happened to her. Because let's be honest, we cannot control majority of what happens in this life. We do what we can in order to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, but, in the grand scheme of things, that isn't much.
This book tackles when those hard realities hit us, and just how to deal with them. I found this book to help lessen my anxiety a bit, and really evaluate my position on the topics discussed.
The Circle Series by Ted Dekker
I remember the first time that I read--or shall I say sprinted--through this series. This is a retelling of the story of Jesus. I remember being blown away by the author's creativity in this series, especially when I found out it was a small portion of a huge 20-book "series" (more like books that intertwined with one another). Seriously, the creativity it took the author to pull all of these series within series has yet to be matched by another for me. It's also influenced me so much that I consider Ted Dekker one of my favorite authors!
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Eragon will forever hold a near and dear place in my heart. (By Eragon, I mean the entire Inheritance Cycle). This series specifically introduced me to the world of Young Adult Fantasy, and made me realize what a fun and influential genre this can be!