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Fall is slowly arriving in Texas. I see it in the cooler morning temperatures, the pumpkin pies on the grocery store shelves, and the tall riding boots begging to be worn once again in my closet.

With autumn approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your reading list. After all, the only thing that makes a cup of hot apple cider better is enjoying it with a good book!

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Before I share a few books that I’ve been enjoying over the past few weeks, take a look at the words of Charles Spurgeon on why it is so important to read.

“Give yourself unto reading.” The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.

You need to read.

We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure time, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service. Paul cries, “Bring the books” — join in the cry.” from Spurgeon’s, “Paul — His Cloak and His Books”

This fall, take time to get out the hot apple cider and settle in for some restful hours of brain exercise and nourishment. Your soul will thank you.

Fall Book List

(I’ve also included links to the free Kindle samples. Just look for the “Try it Free” box on the far right.)

Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended by Lina AbuJamra

This book sat on my bookshelf for nearly eight months before I finally cracked it open. I received it as a gift from our friend Rene’ Hanebutt at Moody Publishers, another fantastic single gal who is using this season of her life to serve God. I wish I had read this book from day one of receiving it.

Thrive is one of the most challenging and honest singleness books that I’ve ever read. Lina tackles all the hard topics related to singleness and I love how she’s not afraid to get in your face a time or two. If you are single, wondering how on earth this could be a blessing, and what you are supposed to be doing with your life, read Thrive. It will add some extra meaning to those quiet nights at home during the fall.

Free Kindle Sample | Paperback

Passport through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances by Kimberly Smith

I am getting ready for a trip to Thailand this fall with our friends at Compassionate Hope Foundation, and my sister recommended this book to me as advance reading. The parallels between Thailand and Sudan are very similar, particularly in the areas of human trafficking and sexual abuse.

My sister warned me that this would not be an easy read, but that didn’t quite prepare me for this book. It’s fitting that the foreword is by Randy Alcorn, as this book packs a punch similar to Alcorn’s own Safely Home. I thought I knew about the situation in Sudan, but this book opened my eyes far deeper to the plight of the innocent men, women and children who are suffering and dying by the thousands.

When you finish this book, you will be compelled to do SOMETHING. Don’t shake off those emotions . . . do something to help, even if its just to take these brothers and sisters before the Heavenly throne room of grace.

Free Kindle Sample | Paperback

His Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture for a Closer Walk with God by Janet Pope

This was another book from Rene’ that I wish I had started reading sooner! But I trust that God was sovereign, because I noticed this book on my shelf exactly when I needed it most.

It’s not often that a book can really change your life, but this one can. It’s not because of Janet Pope’s words, rather the Author that she quotes all throughout this book. The purpose of this little book is to be a guide and aid to help you memorize more of God’s Word, and not just to memorize it, but to meditate upon it throughout your day.

I’ve started practicing the steps shared in this book and after just one week, I noticed a big difference in my struggle to keep my mind focused on God.

Free Kindle Sample | Paperback

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp

You’ve likely seen the hit movie, the lame television special, or the gorgeous play, but now it’s time to read the book! The real story behind the Trapp family is even more fun than Rodgers & Hammerstein’s best efforts!

I loved spending a few evenings in the company of the witty and often hilarious Maria Trapp, the famous mother of the Trapp clan. Inside the pages of this book, you’ll learn the kids real names, how they actually left Austria, and the history behind the still-in-business Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont.

Free Kindle Sample | Paperback

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Aaress Lawless

Aaress enjoys helping small businesses and ministries, having budget travel adventures with friends, and blogging about life lessons on Instagram.

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