Book reviews in the area of Love, Forgiveness and Humility. I wanted to make books I recommended in recent blog posts available in one convenient location. This makes it easier for you to locate and to share with others. Happy reading!
Most of the books are audiobooks because I enjoy listening to audiobooks while being productive with my hands, relaxing or driving. However, most of these books are available as paperback or ebooks, if you prefer the written word. Some are solely available in written form.
Some are informative, some are autobiographical, but all are inspiring and impactful. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Happy reading!
Love Book Reviews
Amazing Love – True Stories of the Power of Forgiveness. Written by Corrie ten Boom. Narrated by Nadia May. Audible, 2011. (Originally written in 1953) (2 hours 31 minutes) 5 stars – encouraging, instructional, inspiring. Corrie’s stories and her testimony in how she walked with others and shared God’s love is amazing. Corrie is a deeply caring person who chose God’s Word, her relationship with Jesus and serving others over herself. There is so much wisdom communicated from this woman of God!
Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II. Written by Darlene Deibler Rose. Narrated by Lorna Raver. (11 hours 11 minutes) 5 stars – It is challenging to describe Darlene’s story. Her love and surrender to Jesus are heart inspiring. Her love and forgiveness towards others is beautiful to see and calls us forward in our walk with God. Darlene’s story is deeply impacting in the areas of: love, surrender, service, forgiveness and trust. An amazing story! Deeply impactful, I try to read this book each year as it helps me go deeper in love, thankfulness and prayer.
No Greater Love. Written by Mother Teresa. Narrated Lorna Raver Dan Woren. (4 hours 31 minutes) 4.5 stars – Mother Teresa stated, “Unless your work is interwoven with love, it is useless.” She spoke of many instances of her love being stretched, and yet, she allowed herself to be fully stretched; resulting in God’s love touching the least of these. I found myself laughing, wiping tears, and pondering some of her thoughts on life.
No Greater Love. Written by A.W. Tozer. Edited and compiled by James L. Snyder. Narrated Matthew McAuliffe. (4 hours 1 minute) 4 stars – Excellent nuggets of truth, especially regarding thoughts about the fear of God and holiness. He said he was ‘evangelical through and through, but fundamental on the edges’ and this could be seen in some of his writing.
Surrender to Love. Written by David G. Benner. Narrated Robin Bloodworth. (3 hours 32 minutes) 5 stars – Benner has awesome insights about sonship. This is a great little read full of foundational insights of surrender and trust, love and abiding, and other heart tests. I will definitely be reading this book again.
The Heart of the Five Love Languages. Written by Gary Chapman. Narrated by Chris Fabry. (44 minutes) 5 stars – Dr. Gary Chapman states there are five primary love languages: words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, receiving gifts and physical touch. Knowing your love language (giving to others and receiving from others) and knowing other’s love language (giving and receiving) leads to deeper communication and heart connection. Chapman focuses on our (and others) emotional love tanks or emotional love climates and that love is a choice that makes a difference. Intentionally sowing love or giving love that will minister the most to others is a great way to clothe ourselves in God’s love. This is instructional and practical. If we implement the truths, we will love those closest to us well.
Forgiveness Book Reviews
Forgiven – The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace. By Terri Roberts and Jeanette Windle. Narrated by Pamela Klein. Audible, October 6, 2015. (7 hours 4 minutes) 5 stars – This story is one of the best demonstrations of a community walking in forgiveness. Roberts is vulnerable, honest and personable. It feels like she is our next door neighbor and we feel like we just want to wrap our arms about her as she journeys through this trial of sorrow and grief. Roberts falls forward in surrender to God and relies on His strength. Heart wrenching at times, always inspiring, and issuing a call to follow her lead – to choose life by forgiving. Roberts daily walks in forgiveness towards herself, her family members, and her community. If you feel like you can handle this emotional story, I highly recommend it.
Total Forgiveness – When Everything in you wants to Hold a Grudge, Point a Finger and Remember the Pain, God wants you to lay it Aside. Written and narrated by R.T. Kendall. Audible, March 18, 2005. (5 hours 8 minutes) 5 stars – One of the best teachings on forgiveness. Kendall is personal, pastoral and gives practical steps in walking in forgiveness, while giving us the benefits of forgiveness and the consequences of unforgiveness. Sobering at times, convicting, yet bringing hope. Kendall is down to earth, yet empowering as he shares his personal story of forgiveness and his pastoral perspective on forgiveness and unforgiveness.
Finding Forgiveness! Written by Ken Dornhecker. Kindle edition, 2013. 5 stars – Dornhecker paints a picture of Christ’s enormous suffering and His amazing love and forgiveness expressed to us on the Cross. And Dornhecker clearly lays out the path of salvation, deliverance and victory we have in Christ because of the price He paid on the Cross for us. A deeply moving and impactful book.
Humility Book Reviews
The Power of Humility: Living like Jesus. By R.T. Kendall. Narrator Shawn Grindell. Audible, 2016. (5 hours 49 minutes) 5 Stars – Kendall is inspiring, personal, practical, and insightful; he is a wonderful writer and teacher.
Humility: The Beauty of Holiness. By Andrew Murray. Narrator Gregg Rizzo. Audible, 2017. (2 hours 11 minutes) 4 stars – Murray writes in the classical style, think King James Version; a good book with lots of wisdom nuggets, but written in the old-school style.
Humility: True Greatness. By C.J. Mahaney. Narrator Sean Rumette. Audible, 2009. (3 hours 38 minutes) 3 stars – Mahaney has some good wisdom nuggets, but he speaks in ‘should’ and ‘must’ which I find negative. So if you have time to dig for gold, you’ll find some, but you’ll have to deal with a little extra soul mass in the process.
From Pride to Humility – A Biblical Perspective. By Dr. Stuart Scott. Paperback. 5 Stars – Scott gives us a practical book on humility and pride. Scott clearly presents the Biblical truths on pride and the Biblical truths of humility. His teaching is succinct and brings much needed guidance in the area of humility and pride. I highly recommend this 35 page paperback.
Blog Post Recommendations
Love – One of 8 Garments to Wear https://strengthwithdignity.com/love-one-of-8-garments-to-wear/
Forgiveness – One of 8 Garments to Wear https://strengthwithdignity.com/forgiveness-one-of-8-garments-to-wear/
Humility – One of 8 Garments to Wear https://strengthwithdignity.com/humility-one-garment-of-8-to-wear/
4 Types of Love https://strengthwithdignity.com/4-types-of-love/