My youngest daughter is so much like me.
There’s this fieriness to her, this loudness, this tenderness, this bent toward wanting to scream and then cry when someone wrongs her; she is so dear and so thoughtful and so… worried. She’s worried she won’t be able to control her temper, find peace in conflict, or just breathe long enough to not yell at her brother when he irritates her. She thinks she’ll never change.
“Oh sweet Caroline, you are so much like me,” I tell her as we drive, just the two of us.
“No, mom, not really.”
“Why do you say that?”
“Because you know how to control your anger and I don’t. I’ll never be able to.”
And there it is, the lie that she’ll never change, the start of a downward thought process that can lead to despair if not corrected in truth.
“Care, how old are you?”
“Well, I’m 37, so I’ve got some years on you, and through those years God has helped me to have self-control, and He will help you too, but give yourself time to grow and learn and surrender and wait as He helps you. You can have self-control. Here, I’ll share some of what I’ve learned…”
I go searching and searching for book lists for adults on truth and beauty and goodness and I seem to only find (mostly find?) book lists for children. Which is great and all, but I want to fill my soul with rich stories and beautiful words too, and I don’t want them only to be classics.
So I did what we do in the modern age and I asked Facebook this question:
I’m looking for books that are filled with truth and beauty and goodness. I’d like fiction, and they don’t have to be Christian. What I’m not looking for: Crude talk, detailed sex scenes, lot’s of unnecessary cursing. Hard stories are fine if they inspire the soul. What do you recommend?
Here’s what Facebook (or rather my awesome Facebook friends) gave me as recommendations. Enjoy!
As with anything, use your discernment! I have not read all these books!
Goodness, Beauty, and Truth Book List
(In alphabetical order by author)
Hannah Coulter by Wendall Berry (several recommendations)
Jayber Crow by Wendall Berry (several recommendations)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (several recommendations)
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (A favorite of mine)
The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
The Yearling by Patricia Reilly Giff (I was told about this one, “Trust me”)
Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge
Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs
The Mitford Series by Jan Karon (several recommendations)
Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo
The Curate’s Awakening by George MacDonald
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers (several recommendations)
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (several recommendations)
Like a River From Its Course by Kelli Stuart
Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers, Julie Klasson, Laura Franz, Lynn Austin, Katherine Reay, Charles Martin, Barbara Kingsolver, Kathleen Grissom, Susan Meissner, Fannie Flagg, Katie Ganshert, Erin Hilderbrand,
Oh, and for more helpful lists, check out Modern Mrs. Darcy’s site!
P.S. I’ll keep adding to this list, but go ahead and comment with your recommendations!
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