My Must-Reads in 2013


I am looking forward to several new books, many from first-time authors, to be published in 2013. Many of these authors are friends, either from "real life" or "blog life," and they have all encouraged me in their writing this past year. I'll attempt to list these in order of anticipated release:

Gospel Amnesia - blogger Luma Simms' first book comes out in just a couple of weeks (Jan. 15). I will post more on this later, no doubt, but be on the lookout for this writer's account of the powerful effects of grace in her life.

Super(free)Woman: From Fundamentalist to Failure to Faith (Volume 1) - my friend Marci Preheim has written this excellent book, subtitled "From Fundamentalist to Failure to Faith." Based on two Bible studies she has taught the women in our local church family, this message has freed myself and so many women to serve God not out of our own efforts based on guilt, but instead as a natural outflow from our position of abiding in Christ. I will be posting a longer review of this book in a few weeks when it is available for purchase on Amazon.

Suburbianity: What Have We Done to the Gospel? Can We Find Our Way Back to Biblical Christianity? - this book by my pastor, Byron Yawn, asks the questions, "What have we done to the gospel?" and "Can we find our way back to biblical Christianity?" I always enjoy Byron's writing, but even more love his heart to shepherd and love his flock to something beyond ourselves and our rampant narcissism. This one is due out on April 1st.

Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home - blogger and author Gloria Furman has been such a huge encouragement to me as I've labored in my writing, but even more importantly I have been greatly encouraged and challenged by her reflections on the "mundane" aspects of life on her blog, Domestic Kingdom. This book encourages us to treasure the gospel in our homes, and I am so excited to read it when it comes out at the end of May.

There are many other great titles due out in 2013, but these are just a few on my radar so I wanted to share them with you. Please join with me in praying for these authors--for trust in the Lord's sovereign control over who will read the books, and for faith that He will use the message as He wills.

What books are you looking forward to in 2013?