My Favorite Books!

    I love to read every night before I go to bed. I also love books so much that I can’t step foot into a Barnes and Noble without buying too many! Here is my collection.

    I have the different categories separated into Christianity, beauty/style tips, dating and marriage, and American cinema/Marilyn Monroe. Some of my favorites that I recently have read are How to Reach Your Full Potential for God by Charles Stanley, When the Enemy Strikes by the same author, and Every Young Woman’s Battle by Shannon Ethridge.

    It’s so important to make reading a life-long habit.  Try to read a little bit every day! You will expand your mind and learn so much that the web can’t offer you. Have any of you girls read these books? Also, what book(s) do you think I should read? Comment and let me know!

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    Nicole Weider is a Salem, Oregon native who moved to Los Angeles and quickly found success as a fashion model at the age of 17. Today, Nicole is an active wife, mom, producer, actress and author and has made it her mission to share her personal story, the bright moments and the challenges, with young women around the world.


    1. I recommend anything by Pete Scazzero, Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer, Captivating by Stasi Eldredge, Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli and The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian (since you just got married 🙂 ). I love reading!!

    2. I can’t stress how much I love “Guys are Waffles, Girl’s are Spaghetti” by Chad Eastham, a Revolve tour speaker. I love the message and how it really helps you learn about the opposite gender. I want to buy more of his books!!

      Jenna Lucado’s “Redefining Beautiful” is also a good one. It talks about true inner beautiy and how God can act as your Father if you don’t have a true father-figure in your life.

      I also LOVE the Left Behind: The Kid series. It does take a while to read (and good luck finding them all, because there are 40 little books in the series and the adult series has 10 to 20 books ina ll), but I love how the authors take Revalation and lay it out with real events. My dream is to make a series of books based on these series.

      Anyway…those are my favorites and I’ve been meaning to get new books to be inspired by. I can’t wait to hear what other books other girls like to read! 😀

      • I’ve read that! It made me think a lot, I’m like, “Okay, so Michal = Hosea, from the Bible = God and Angel = Gomer = Isreal/Christians = me… right?” But it is good and very well written!

    3. I like to read a lot, I especially like fantasy. One of my favorites is the “Dragon’s in our Midst” series by Brian Davis. I know that it probably sounds kind of weird, but its, like, a Biblical fiction type of thing. Now that I think about it, it is kind of weird… oh well, I love it anyway!

      • Dragons in our midst is probably my favorite Christian series! It is kind of weird, but it’s amazing! It’s aabout dragons, yet it’s Christian, and actually believable…even though obviously the stuff in the book is fiction.

        • I love Brian Davis, he has several series, I’m reading Tales of Starlight and Dragons of Starlight right now. I’ve read almost all of his books, also Reflections Edge is really stunningly written, I love his dialog.

    4. Every Young Woman’s battle is AMAZING! I read it this summer and it is what made me decide to stay pure until marriage. I am currently reading The Christian Atheist which is good as well. Crazy Love by Franchis Chan is my all-time favorite, though.

    5. “Passion and Purity” and “Quest for Love” are two amazing books that I recommend especially for girls, but boys as well. As a teenager, it really helps so much with dating and the like to read books like these.

    6. I’m zooming through a book called “And The Bride Wore White” by Dana Gresh. Instead of 50 kinky sex moves like in Cosmo, its a book with 7 tips on sexual purity. SO revealing and one of the most amazing books I’ve read. It’s improved both my relationship with God and with boys. Since you’re married, the author also has a book called “Pursuing The Pearl”, which is about keeping your heart and mind pure during marriage. She also wrote a book called “Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power Of Modesty” that I can’t wait to read! And, to add to everyone else, READ REDEEMING LOVE. I’m a book snob, and I’m not a big fan of Christian fiction, but that was AMAZING. It strengthened my relationship with God in a way I never thought a book could!

    7. How about the book “Christmas Jars”? It’s about a reporter who finds a jar of money for her after being burglarized, and later finds out a family who gives jars of money to people in need every Christmas. It’s a really great novel, and I’m making my own Christmas Jar. In fact, I just found another nickel! :DDD

    8. I’ve looked up some of the books listed above in my library. My counties library system has a thing where you can search for books online in any of the libraries, add then to a list and/ or have them delivered to any library so you can pick them up (They reserve them for you for a certain amount of time too). I have added many of the books to my “Wish List”. Unfortunately I checked out a book for my little sister in my name because she could only check out a certain amount of books, and she lost the book. The fines are now up to over $15, so she needs to pay them before I can check out anymore books. But as soon as those fines are payed I will be checking them out. I’ll come home with a pile of books one day (:

    9. I absolutely love I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris. It really opened my eyes. You’re married, but I wish every single girl could read it!
      There’s also Providence by Chris Coppernoll. Fiction tear-jerker. 🙂
      Anything and everything by Jenny B. Jones. She is so funny. She writes Christian chick lit.
      Finally, there’s the one I finished last summer – Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh. These are just my favorite Christian books, but I love to read pretty much anything. 😀

    10. A very sweet book that I just read is A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks. There’s also a movie on it and it’s about a girl who is the local pastor’s daughter and through a series of events, the “troublemaker” sort of boy falls in love with her. Focuses on the verse “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”-1 Corinthians 3:14. It is the sweetest love story I have ever read.

    11. I am an extremely avid reader who can go through an almost 500 page book in two days. I highly recommend anything by C.S. Lewis, namely Narnia and Mere Christianity. He was a genius! My all time favorite would have to be Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers… That is AMAZING! I also recommend, above all books, The Bible!

    12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE reading!!! last year I read almost 85 books! I normally read fiction, but sometimes I read self-help/CHristian types. some of my favorites are Life without Limits by Nick Vujicic and The Cause within you by Matthew Barnett.

    13. Redeeming Love is great! The Penny by Joyce Meyer was so good, it made me cry so much but the end was spectacular. I love Joyce Meyers’ books. I may get to see her in Louisville KY!!!! So excited!!!! 😀 will I see any other PI Girls there… maybe???

    14. “Till We Have Faces” and anything else by C.S. Lewis. Such a wonderful writer and he is so inspiring. I would’ve loved to have met him. And “Lord of the Rings” is one of my all time favorite series. I’ve read them 3 times already! Also, “Kristin Lavransdatter” is another wonderful book, not well-known but certainly worth reading. I have such a huge list of books to read including “Crime and Punishment,” “Anna Karenina,” “Cry the Beloved Country,” and “Gone With the Wind.” Yes, I’m a big reader and I don’t usually go with easy reads.

      • I listened to an audio book of it. It was very good! So great to think God loves us so much that he has provided us with the best place ever for us to live with after this short life is over!!! I know I can’t wait!! 🙂

    15. Read books written by Jim Cymbala. Pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in N.Y. .He shares life changing stories thru the power of Christ. He has top models in N.Y. attending his church and one of the models was instrumental in witnessing to a top hairdresser featured in Vogue who accepted the Lord after all the fame left him totally empty and homeless! Jim Cymbala’s latest book, “Spirit Rising” is a must have. It is so inspiring to see what God is doing today thru prayer in the lives of many people that is truly miraculous! Enjoy! P.S. They have a 24 hr prayer line nd I’ve asked them to pray for your mission.

    16. I recommend anything by Karen Kingsbury, Melody Carlson, Francine Rivers, Beverly Lewis, or Wanda Brunstetter. Thry are all great Christian writers for fun reading. For growing in the Lord, I recommend anything by Elizabeth George.

    17. A super awesome series is the True Colors series by Melodie Carlson. There are twelve of them, but the order you read them in doesn’t really matter. They each deal with a different girl in a different situation and how to confront their issues from a Christian standpoint. There are a couple, like the third one, that are not exactly appropriate for younger readers but show the true patheticness of society and the sadness of the standards set by our peers. They are great tools even if they don’t seem like it until a little ways into the book, which is only because the main characters don’t usually start out as a Christian.

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