The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom - Audra's Pick
I read this book as I was preparing to leave for a mission trip that I was more than a little nervous about going on. This book was a huge faith building resource. It is Corrie Ten Boom's life story as a concentration camp survivor. Time and time again she is faced with impossible obstacles. But her strong faith and God's miraculous ways never fail. Even when all hope seems to be lost God makes a way and countless people get to learn about His love for them through Corrie. This is one that you won't want to put down!
Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer - Laura's pick
This book was instrumental in my prayer life and how I was praying. Knowing that the enemy is the underlying source in all of your battles helps you focus your prayers and thoughts against the enemy and not against a person or a situation. It also challenges you to write out your prayers, which are so nice to look back on.
Mark of the Lion: Volumes I, II, III by Francine Rivers - Rebecca's pick
This three volume set thrusts me back onto Roman roads where I see the persecution of Christians, the opulent lifestyles of the Roman elite, and the rise of the early church against all odds as if I am actually there. It's a story of a Jewish girl turned Roman slave named Hadassah that is both heartbreaking and hope-filled. Masterfully told. Historically rich. Faithfully inspired. I cried when I was finished!
If I Perish by Esther Ahn Kim - Tammy's pick
The thought of standing firm in the face of persecution is something we all wrestle with, yet Esther Ahn Kim lived it as a Korean Christian surviving under Japanese captivity during WW2. Her unwavering faith and strength inspired not only those languishing in the prison with her but also some of the guards who were just trying to make a living during a dark time. This woman's inspiring true story is both harrowing and heroic earning her, in my mind, the rank of a modern-day Heroine of the Faith.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - Mary Sue's pick
Some stories can change our lives by revealing personal, spiritual truths. Redeeming Love is such a book. While reading the story of Michael Hosea & Angel, I realized that trying to fix people isn't my job. What a moment of clarity that was! Read this book and I guarantee you will be riveted by this powerful story–you may also be changed, just as I was.