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Five Books That Changed My Life
Stephanie Grace Whitson
Do you belong to a book club? I do, and one of the things I love most about it is being introduced to new authors I might have missed. So many books … so little time, right?
One of the bookshelves in my “books-are-stacked-to-the-ceiling” office is reserved for some especially precious books. The “keepers.” The ones I treasure because they changed my life—both novels and non-fiction. Today, I share about five of those “keepers.”
The Attributes of God by Arthur W. Pink My husband, Bob, and I read this book aloud together as newlyweds. What I learned impacts me to this day (it’s second only to the Bible in my life). Why? Well, when I’m going through a difficult time, taking my eyes off the circumstance and focusing them on God helps me bear up by reminding me Whose I am. The seventeen short entries explain things like God’s solitariness, faithfulness, goodness, mercy, love … and wrath. A balanced view of the Almighty changes my life for the better in countless ways.
I was a newlywed with no children and no thoughts of being a novelist when I first read this book. Bob and I used to spend every New Year’s Day with it, going over our life goals, re-evaluating how we used our time, and adjusting accordingly. I now have five grown children, ten grandchildren, and twenty-eight books in print. And I still value the simple principles and practices shared in chapters with titles like “What Do You Really Want from Life?” “How to Create Quiet Time for Yourself” and “How to Do Better Next Time.”
Hidden Art by Edith Schaeffer
Schaeffer is one of the mentors whose books and example taught me how to be a Christian wife and mother. This book, based on the premise that “because man was created in the image of the Creator, man was created that he might create,” describes how to implement creativity in music, painting, interior design, flower arrangements, drama, etc., in everyday life.
Loving God with All Your Mind by Elizabeth George When Bob (my first husband) was battling the cancer that would take his life, I purchased this book because I didn’t think I loved God enough. Little did I know that this book would change me at a fundamental level—my thought life. Subjects like “Taking Every Thought Captive,” “Keeping On Keeping On,” and “Enduring Difficult Times” arrived in my life at exactly the right time.
This book put my feet to things I was learning from the Elizabeth George book mentioned above, providing practical things for me to do that helped me survive the worst moments of my life (the father of my children was dying and I was facing life as a young widow and single mother). What I remember most about it was beginning a list of “thankfuls” and running out of room on the paper. My husband was dying, but “in light of eternity” nothing was out of control, and I had a lot for which to be thankful.
Those are the five books … and yet I want to mention two more—Mary Beth Chapman’s Choosing to See and Randy Alcorn’s Heaven. Both books helped me in the midst of struggle, reminding me to have HOPE.
Stephanie Grace Whitson celebrated her twentieth year as a published
novelist in 2014. When not writing or researching, she enjoys reading,
quilting, spoiling her grandchildren and/or Kona (the golden retriever),
and riding her motorcycle named Kitty. Learn more at
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