“Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well when they cannot be discerned from the top of a mountain: so are many things learned in adversity which the prosperous man dreams not of. ” – Charles Spurgeon


51a30hn3p7l__sx160_1Bright Days, Dark Nights: With Charles Spurgeon in Triumph over Emotional Pain

Elizabeth Ruth Skoglund

Draws on Charles Spurgeon’s experience with depression to illuminate the profound relationship between body, mind, and spirit. Spurgeon’s insight promotes emotional wholeness while recognizing God as the author of hope.





51cqvvemxxl__sx160_The Greatest Thing In The World And Other Writings Nelson’s Royal Classics

Henry Drummond

41acns38t3l__sx110_The Deeper Christian Life

 An Aid to its Attainment. The first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God. The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the s sun every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong.




51oxrsnyjwl__sx160_Premium Slimline Reference Bible NLT, LP

God has revealed Himself to me through the words of the NLT during some of the most trying times in my life.





41p9czzpaul__sx160_Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Immaculee Ilibagiza

Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.


Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them.


It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love—a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers.

The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.


51hktydutzl__sx160_They Come Back Singing: Finding God With the Refugees

Gary Smith

In 2000, Gary Smith, a Jesuit priest, left a familiar life in the Pacific Northwest to become a missionary in Africa. He lived among Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in refugee camps in northern Uganda. He traveled to this dangerous, pitiless place to be with these forsaken people out of conviction that Jesuits should be going where no one else goes. But he also went to discover the answer to the question many of us ask: What is most important in life?

This book reads like you are sitting down and having a cup of coffee with an old friend. It reads just like it was when I actually did have coffee with Father Gary once.



This is just my initial list… I’ll post part two soon, which will include: Future Grace by John Piper.

What is on your desert island list?