Books I’m Reading This Month

There are some really great books on the market right now. Here are a few books I’m reading right now (or have read recently). Check them out!

Books I’m Reading This Month:

Life After by Katie Ganshert

Life After by Katie GanshertLife After is another homerun by Katie Ganshert. It’s the story of Autumn Manning, a woman who is the lone survivor after a bomb goes off on a train. One year after the tragedy, Autumn is consumed with questions and guilt and wonders why she was saved when everyone else wasn’t. In her search for peace, she learns everything she can about the victims.

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the tragedy. When he buried her, he buried their secrets as well…secrets he wants to keep hidden. When Autumn and Paul are forced to spend time together, Paul fears Autumn will bring more pain upon his two children.

This novel has twists and turns I didn’t expect and it kept me interested throughout. The characters are believable. It’s another great book by Katie Ganshert that you don’t want to miss. It’s available for pre-order now and releases this month!

Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything For Your Marriage by Gary Thomas

Cherish by Gary ThomasIf you’ve read very many marriage books in the past, you’ve probably heard of Gary Thomas. He’s the author of many books about marriage and parenting. His newest book is called Cherish, and it’s full of practical tips to improve your marriage.

Whether you feel like your marriage is good and just want something to take it to the next level or whether you’re really struggling, this book is guaranteed to give you a lot to think about.

I think this is the first marriage book I’ve read that really talks about cherishing your spouse as the unique individual he or she is. It’s about cherishing him through his faults, studying him, and learning the best way to honor and love him.

I’d recommend this book for anyone wanting to strengthen his or her marriage.

A Secret Courage by Tricia Goyer

A Secret Courage by Tricia GoyerA Secret Courage by Tricia Goyer is a Christian fiction book based during the time of World War II.

American Emma Hanson is part of an important group called The Photographic Reconnaissance Unit. Her job is to look at photos taken by Allied forces and find hidden bombs, weapons, and other things Hitler was trying to hide from the Allied Powers.

Englishman Will Fleming was born in Germany but is now working for the Allied forces as a spy. As Will and Emma grow closer to one another and danger seems to be closing in on them, will their relationship be able to survive the secrets they both hold? And, will they work quickly enough to prevent danger from coming on the ones they love?

This was a great read, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a Christian fiction novel, especially if you’re looking for something with historical significance.

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia RuchtiA Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti is a Christian fiction novel about a man named Josiah Chamberlain. (This post has been updated with my review below.)

Josiah’s life work is to help people with their failing marriages. But when his own marriage seems to be falling apart, he’s not sure what to do.

His wife, Karin, doesn’t come home one day after work. Then, a few hours later, he learns she’s been in a terrible car accident. Worse yet, she wasn’t alone in the accident but was instead with a man whom Josiah assumes she must have been having an affair with.

Since Karin isn’t conscious, she can’t answer all the questions Josiah now has…questions like, why were you with another man tonight? Why did you have an unsent message on your phone telling me you weren’t coming home? Why did I have no idea you were so unhappy in our marriage?

Will Karin survive the accident? And if she does, will their marriage survive?

This book isn’t an exciting tale that will keep you turning pages. It’s much slower moving. If you’re looking for action and suspense, this isn’t the book for you. But, if you’re looking for a slower book filled with God’s truth about forgiveness and grace and finding Him in the messiness of life, this book might be a good choice.

Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford

Only Love Today by Rachel Macy StaffordRachel Macy Stafford changed my life with her first book, Hands Free Mama. It helped me learn to live in the moment with my kiddos. When her second book came out called Hands Free Life, I grabbed it as soon as I could. Only Love Today is her third book.

Between the three books, I think I enjoyed Hands Free Mama the most. However, Only Love Today is still very good. Rachel writes in an authentic tone, and I can relate to her so very much. If you’re a Type A, get-things-done type of person, this book will serve you well.

It’s written in a totally different format than her other books. The other books were normal nonfiction books with regular length chapters. Only Love Today, on the other hand, is divided up into bitesize chapters… almost like devotionals or daily readings. It’s not meant to be read one per day, but rather whenever you have a free moment and need some encouragement.

So, if you’re short on time and want a book that will provide bitesize pieces of encouragement (think 2 or so pages per chapter), this would be a great book to pick up to help you find balance in life and keep your priorities in check.

*I received each of these books for free for review, but all opinions are my own. I was not required to write positive reviews.

What are YOU reading or hoping to read soon? Leave  a comment on this post so I can add some new books to my list. 

Author: lindseymbell

Lindsey Bell is the author of Unbeaten and Searching for Sanity. She's also a blogger at, a speaker, a mom of two, an avid reader, a minister's wife, and a lover of all things chocolate.

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