Top 10 of 2017 on RBR

I'm ending this blog early this year, but I would like for you to check out these wonderful books. They will make great gifts and these are ones that I wholly recommend!

By the way, I'm in the process of reading a few more great books; so, be on the look-out come January for these wonderful stories!

This year, I'm dividing the top 10 into genres, with one special bonus book at the end. (total of 11, so this is contrary to my title) 

In no particular order nor ranking:

Nonfiction

Love Him Anyway by Abby Banks

Abby Banks wrote a book of raw honesty and a look into the life of a Christian parent. We all struggle with feelings of selfishness and unselfishness, that duel between anger and love, and the ping-pong effect between bitterness and praise. 







Young Adult

The Delusion by Laura Gallier  
 
"My stories are twisted and bizarre--and so terrifying that I'm sometimes told to shut up a few minutes into them--but I can't."

So by this prologue begins a strange and weird tale told by Owen Edmonds.






 
Mission of a Lifetime by Priscilla J. Krahn
 
Set in the jungles of Columbia, Willie is determined to find his parents, but at what cost? From the many hazards of the jungle to the dangers of an organized cartel, Willie has to make spur of the moments decisions and still be able to stay true to his faith.
 
 
 
 
 
Shadowed Eden by Katie Clark 
 
 
 
Katie Clark takes that "what-if we could" and spins an entrancing story about The Garden of Eden.
 
 
 
 
 
 Romance/Historical/Contemporary:
 
The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck
 
Nothing smells as peaceful or as refreshing as the smell of falling rain.
And no other chick-lit book seems as refreshing as Billerbeck's The Scent of Rain.
 
 
 
 
 
A Cowboy's Dare by Lucy Thompson
 
 
Pair headstrong and proper Jane Montgomery, the mayor's daughter, with stubborn and gritty Tyrone Harding, owner of Female-free Adventures, and you have a volatile reaction.
 



 Children's:

Why Did You Choose Me? by Katie Cruice Smith
 
With an easy and flowing cadence, it expressed some of the major questions adopted children would ask a parent. These questions are posed beautifully and in a way for a child to understand his or her uniqueness.





Bella Gets Rescued by Ellie Wakeman
 
Bella Gets Rescued has an underlying message to us all: we should not fear. The parallel of being lost to Christ and then found is a major theme in this children's book.







 Science Fiction/Fantasy:

Tainted by Morgan Busse
 
I love steampunk. From Jules Verne to movies like Wild, Wild West and Sherlock Holmes, I enjoy that mesh of steam powered technology and Western/Victorian setting. Morgan Busse created a new world and immersed the reader right into the story. 



Mystery/Suspense:

The Reliant by Dr. Patrick Johnston



The writing and flow was seamless, taking me down a journey that wouldn't let up. I had to keep turning the page to see what happened. Hard questions were confronted. There were no easy, sugar coated answers. It was an in-your-face, honest, and raw reality that the characters had to endure.
 

BONUS BOOK:

Hearts of Fire by The Voice of the Martyrs
 
 "Eight women in the underground church and their stories of costly faith" will open your eyes about those who suffer for Christ. It will open your eyes to other religions who persecuted Christians (Islam, Hindu, Buddhism and various other tribal beliefs). It will rewrite your heart and soul and show you the true meaning of following Christ. Even though these testimonies will span the decades, you will see similarities to today's culture and society as it were decades ago.
 
 

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