Saturday, January 24, 2009

What's on my keeper shelf? Faith 'n Fiction Saturday

One thing we share in common is a love of books. I know there are participants of Faith 'n Fiction Saturdays that read over 200 books a year! But while we may read a lot of books, only a few books in our lifetimes are special enough that we would never part with them, always recommend them, and maybe even reread them.

So...what fiction books with faith elements are on your keeper shelf? Please keep your answers to no more than 5 books!

How fun that I get to share what's on my bookshelf. To cheat or not to cheat, that is the question. I can only share about 5 books? Painful. Well, I'm going to list 5 items:

  • My Cathy Marie Hake books. She is a house favorite. I threatened my daughter the other day w/ living at home when she goes to college if she lends 2 of my set out to a co-worker and they don't make it home! They mean more since Cathy has signed them!!

  • The Restorer series by Sharon Hinck is a fantastic set and I try to tell people about them all the time. Our book club read her first book and we all loved it. Then my 15 yr old daughter's book club read the series!

  • Julie Lessman's series Daughters of Boston is a no brainer on my end. I fell in love with this series w/ book 1 and plan to have every single book from Julie! I may need to have an entire shelf for her books, but that'll make me a happy lady.

  • My Janette Oke series' are old as the hills, but I'm so happy that I have them. I know they aren't modern and fast-paced chic-lit, but I love seeing them on my bookshelf. She sent & signed a book to me, oh, about 13-15 yrs ago. It was such a surprise and a blessing to me. It was so awesome when my girls were old enough to enjoy them.

  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. My one and only "single" on this list. I gave this to my mom, hoping she'd read it. Uh, that was a no go. I then re-purchased a copy for myself. This is the only book that I know of that I've replaced if I've given my copy away. This is a timeless novel w/ the redeeming love of Christ as the center of the story.

Oh, that was painful. I look at the books sitting on my shelf and feel bad for the books that weren't chosen. Of course I'd love to go back and change my answers, but then I'd feel bad all over again. Ugh, what was I thinking? My old Bronte collection is an absolute favorite. I have some seriously old copies of different books that I love to see just sitting on the shelf.

One thing I do to keep my bookshelf to a minimum is having the 1st book in a series. Would I love to have every book in a series if I could? Heck yah, but space is limited. Since I only have 2 bookshelves, the best I can do is at least have the starter books. Thankfully a lot of my books are stand alone. One day I'd love to have my own library. A wall (or 2) of built in shelves? Ahhh, a girl can dream!


Ok, I'm totally cheating and adding Kristen Heitzmann as one of my favorite authors!! How could I foget her? Ugh, back again...Tracie Peterson & either of the their books!!! I am such a CHEATER!!!


Anonymous said...

Oh my I love Jeanette Oak's first introduction to Christian fiction and Redeeming Love...beautiful, beautiful story of redemption and grace :)

Love your choices :)

Have a blessed day!

SmilingSally said...

Redeeming Love is on my list too. I share your frustration at being FORCED to choose. Thanks for sharing. Happy F+F Day.

Vanessa said...

I agree, it was tough to choose just 5. I have so many that I love. I guess we all dream of owning our own library! I'm limited to one five shelf bookcase, but would love to line my bedroom with bookcases. Hubby is not a big reader, so he doesn't quite understand why you would want to keep a book you have read! To me, it's like visiting with old friends!

Anonymous said...

I didn't follow the 5 book rule.

What's on Your Keeper Shelf

Lynn Squire said...

Your choices are delightful! But I can relate to feeling bad for the other books on my shelves.

Anonymous said...

LOL - I just hadda "cheat" also - did a Oops "edit" for one more (smile) Nice list! Mine's up at Free Spirit -

Jenny said...

Cathy Marie Hake is a fave of mine as well.

twiga92 said...

I read the Love Comes Softly series growing up and really enjoyed them. I don't own them but my mom does and she has let me borrow them indefinitely to re-read at my leisure.

Nise' said...

Great choices! I love Cathy Marie Hake too! The Restorer series is on my list to read this year!

Stormi said...

It is always hard to pick when limited to just 5 out of so many books..sighs.


Unknown said...

Hood will probably read slowest as its the first and fantasy requires more "set-up" at the start than some types of books. Once you get into the King Raven books though they keep you hooked. Hood was my first Lawhead read because I was reviewing Scarlet last year. Now I'm impatiently waiting on Tuck for the WC tour.

As for TM give yourself plenty of uninterrupted reading time - Geralyn loves cliffhangers so stopping at the end of a chapter usually still leaves you in midair where the story is concerned plus its just one of those books you likely won't want to put down if you can help it.

I've only read Davis' 1st book want to get to 2 before the 3rd comes out.

Martha A. said...

Only way!!! But for sure Redeeming Love would be in my top five as well! I read your post and am sitting here looking at my wall of built in bookshelves that my husband built me! I actually though filled them up and have had to get some more bookshelves for other places! Right now, this is a office, school, sewing/ library room, but someday it will probably only be a library and i can cover all the walls with shelves!! (a girl can dream, right??)

Amy said...

You are so cute!!!! I know it's hard to choose. But you made good choices!

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