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What’s on Robert Elmer’s Bookshelf? 10 Great Reads

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Robert Elmer has written more than fifty books, including youth and adult fiction, nonfiction, and devotional. He earned his undergraduate degree in communications and Bible from Simpson University, with post-graduate studies in education at St. Mary’s College.

He began his career as a copywriter, reporter, and news editor, and is now the editor of the Prayers of the Church series from Lexham Press, which includes Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans and Fount of Heaven: Prayers of the Early Church. Robert and his wife make their home in the Pacific Northwest.

You Give Me New Life by David Hazard

1. You Give Me New Life: A 40-Day Journey in the Company of the Early Disciples, by David Hazard

This wonderful collection of early church perspectives opened my eyes to the spiritual riches of generations past. I’ve read it many times.

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

2. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

What a story! Louis Zamperini’s spiritual journey is so inspiring, and Hillenbrand is a master biographer.

Bonhoeffer, by Eric Metaxas

3. Bonhoeffer, by Eric Metaxas

Inspirational courage but also a cautionary tale, well told.

Leota's Garden, by Francine Rivers

4. Leota’s Garden, by Francine Rivers

This seemed like an unlikely favorite for me; it’s about an aging woman and her legacy. But wow. Rivers is one of our finest novelists.

Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, Lois Tverberg

5. Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life, by Lois Tverberg

How Jewish was Jesus, and what does it matter? Always thought-provoking.

Decision Making and the Will of God, by Garry Friesen

6. Decision Making and the Will of God, by Garry Friesen

A landmark book that helped me understand a scriptural approach to knowing God’s will.

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Crazy Love, by Francis Chan

7. Crazy Love, by Francis Chan

A wonderful short book on ultimate discipleship that still challenges me today.

Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn

8. Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn

One of Alcorn’s best novels, and he’s written some good ones. The audiobook version kept our family enthralled on a cross-country road trip, years ago.

Eli, by Bill Myers

9. Eli, by Bill Myers

Another novel that has stayed with me and made me think, long after the last page. What if Jesus had not come until today?

Dove, by Robin Lee Graham

10. Dove, by Robin Lee Graham

A true account of the youngest person (at the time) to sail around the world. I’ve read it several times, and especially enjoyed reading about his journey to faith.

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