Sunday, June 25, 2017

Books That ... Influenced Me Personally

One day late again, but nobody noticed, right? ;) This is the last article in my bookish series, so there's no telling what post I will have in store for you next week! Although, with any luck, that one will actually be posted on a Saturday.

I didn't even scan my bookshelves to create this list, so these are truly books that I remember leaving some sort of lasting impact on my life. They're roughly listed in the order I read them.

The Promised Land Diaries by Anne Adams

This is a series of six books that I'm pretty sure were gifted to me at Christmas one year. Either way, I devoured them. It was my first exposure to Biblical historical fiction, and I've loved that genre ever since. With a primary fictional character who records "first hand" events surrounding Biblical women, these captured my imagination. I still loan them out to preteens at church. (Only the first of six is pictured.)

The Bluebird and the Sparrow by Janette Oke

I know I've mentioned this one before. I think the main reason it stood out to me is because it was about the contention between two sisters. Well ... the contention the older sister (that would be me) always held against her seemingly perfect younger sister. Seeing how bitter that made the main character and how hard it was for her to actually ever love left an impact on me. I was determined not to be that sister ;)

An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

I promise I don't stick this book on every list of mine just for the fun of it. Since the first time I read this was at a point in my life when I could relate to young Polly finding confidence in who she was, that left an impact on me. She was a role model of sorts. Now I can relate just as much to the older Polly and that is unusual in a book, I think. :)

The Tinker's Daughter by Wendy Lawton

Victoria Minks mentioned this in her Very Awesome Vlog Challenge #5, and it reminded me that it was one I couldn't get out of my head. It's about Mary Bunyan, the blind daughter of John Bunyan. She, too, deals with bitterness with the burdens she has to take on with her father's imprisonment. She repeats the Scripture "I can do all things" to herself incessantly to keep going. After the climax of the book, she finally begins to recite the entire verse. "...through Christ who strengthens me." I can still try to do things on my own, and that was a good reminder that a huge attitude adjustment and greater happiness can come from including Christ.

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Are you seeing a theme here? ;) I knew who John Bunyan was when I read The Tinker's Daughter, but I'm not sure my dad had read us Pilgrim's Progress aloud yet. I remember trying to unpack all the analogies and liking how the character's names described them. It really broadened my thinking about the Christian walk.

There's one more that comes to mind all the time, but I can't remember the title or character names for the life of me. I know it was about a young girl (she's on the cover--dark hair in a prison cell?) who was imprisoned for her beliefs, I think. I want to say it happened in the Philippines? Anyway. I remember another woman birthed a baby in the prison cell and the baby girl didn't live ... and all the time the main young woman kept true to God. And that stuck with me, because I never liked the idea of having to suffer for my faith as a kid. ;)


I'm sure there are others that have influenced me since, but all of these books I read before I was a teenager. I think that's part of the reason they were able to influence me so much. What books have left an impact on your life?

Thanks for sticking around for this entire series! I hope you all enjoyed it :) I'd love to hear your thoughts on what I should blog about next.


  1. I love this list. I haven't read any of them, but they all sound wonderful. :)

    Books that have impacted me...well as cliché as it sounds, Harry Potter is one because it was a reminder that sometimes true love means sacrificing yourself in order to save those you love (I.e. Harry "dying" to save Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, etc.). I read it as a teenager, but it still touched me.

    Hope In Front Of Me by Danny Gokey is another book that struck me hard. Raw, real, heartbreaking, and hopeful, all at the same time. Incredible man who I love and admire and respect.

    1. Thanks :) Yep, I love Harry Potter. Gosh, I need to reread those <3 I actually find it really remarkable when books without faith can be just as inspiration and "true." Sometimes they're almost more helpful for me because they're drawing the truth and inspiration out of life in ways I haven't found. When it's done through faith, I'm more familiar with the way that works ;)

      Ooh I've heard of that one! *adds to TBR* I'm going to drown in these books I want to read XD

  2. I loved the series! The only one I've read here is Pilgrim's Progress.

    A book that comes to mind is Killer Angels. The author tells the story of the Civil War through the eyes of both famous generals and common soldiers, which really struck me. He makes the characters' fears and actions really come to life through all the tough decisions and battles.

    1. Thanks!! :D Oooh I had to read Killer Angels for World View III. :D I was amazed at how much I enjoyed that book. I never feel like I can recommend it to people because of the language, but it was really neat. Especially since I'd just visited Gettysburg and been told about the locations that many of the chapters covered. I noticed it in your stack of books on your graduation table and meant to ask you about it! ;)

  3. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom is a book that definitely influenced me. Wow. It's such a powerful testimony of her faith in Christ during horrifying circumstances.

    Pilgrim's Progress is also a great read!

    1. Yep, that one's hard to beat! So stunning. <3


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