I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things (aka Books)

One thing is certain here with The Ponderers—we love books. We read them, write them, and (of course) ponder them. We tremble, with weak knees, as we pitch them to editors and agents. We never have enough time to read all the books we want to, and if there’s one thing most of us need, it’s another bookshelf to store all these treasures!

So I think it’s high time we share some of our favorite books. I’ll go first but I hope everyone will pitch in.


Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren—A fabulous redemptive story set during World War II showing the depths of man’s sin, the breath of human love, and the all-encompassing grace of God.

Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck—I thought this was just a sweet love story until I came upon a timeless story question all Christian women face.

The Still of the Night by Kristen Heitzman—A touching story about a man known as the “success guru” who finds solutions for corporations, but the one life he can’t set straight is his own.

The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy—who wouldn’t love cowboys with comedy?

Lakeside Reunion by our own Lisa Jordan—A woman jilted by a cop five years ago is pulled over for a broken taillight as she returns to town.

Wish You Were Here by our own Beth Vogt—Can kissing the wrong guy lead to Mr. Right?


Primal by Mark Batterson—if there was only one book I could recommend, it would be this one.

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall—This true story reads like a novel and takes place in the town where I was born.

Fire in Fiction by Donald Mass—Reading it once isn’t enough

Soulprint by Mark Batterson—Few people discover the God-given identity that makes them unlike anyone else—our soul print.

Now it’s your turn. What are some of your favorite books? I’d like to put them on my shelf!


  1. I gallop reading all I can but still haven't managed all of these yet, though hope to--do need more book shelves and am wearing out my library card. Two I strongly recommend are Eliz. Musser's Swan House (as well as her other books) & Susan Meissner's White Picket Fences (set where I live now in Minnesota), as well as her other books, too.

    1. You are so right, Delores! Susan Meissner's books are awesome!

  2. Teri, great post. Your fiction list reads like mine, so I'll only add Irene Hannon's Against All Odds and Colleen Coble's Tidewater Inn...whatever book I'm reading tends to be my favorite. lol

    For non-fiction, right now I'm reading Breakfast with Bonnhoeffer which is really good. And always, Jesus Calling.

  3. Oh, so many books, so little time!
    I LOVED Beth's and Lisa's books.
    Rachel Hauck's The Wedding Dress, Sweet Caroline and Dining with Joy
    Susan May Warren--My Foolish Heart, Shadow of Your Smile, and more :)
    Susan Meissner--A Lady In Waiting
    Kristen Heitzmann--Freefall, Edge of Recall

    These are some of my recent reads that I really liked. ;)

  4. Ditto to Jeanne T's list (except I haven't read Kristen Heitmann's books yet.)

    I also love all the books by Allison Pittman, especially Stealing Home, Lilies in Moonlight and the books Sister-Wife series: For Time and Eternity and Forsaking All Others.

    1. Yes, Roxanne, Allison's books are also great. If you haven't read Kristen Heitmann's book, you are in for a treat.

    2. Must. Read. Kristen's. Books. :-)

  5. 1. Madman by Tracy Groot. You must read it if you haven't already. It's a little slower getting into it than my normal pick, but it is oh so worth it.

    2. Kristen Heitzmann's stuff, especially Rush of Wings, The Still of Night, and Breath of Dawn. Morgan is one of my all-time favorite heroes.

    3. The Great Divide by Davis Bunn. A great Christian legal thriller.

    There are so many more, and of course the ones already mentioned by others. But I'm not looking at my bookshelf right now, so I might have to come back later. :-)

    1. Jenness, I agree that Morgan is an all-time favorite hero!

    2. And Davis Bunn is another great author.

  6. Chiming in late:
    Thank you, Teri, for including Wish You Were Here on the list.
    You made my day!
    I'm reading My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade. I read anything and everything by Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck (of course). Really enjoyed Cynthia Ruhti's debut novel, "The Almost Always Come Home." And I'm re-reading My One Word for the second time -- helping me stay focused one my one word for 2013.

    1. Beth, it's such a joy to have some Ponderer books on that list!! I loved to cover they chose for your book, too. It's enough to make anyone pick it up!