Twelve Books (Besides Mine) You Should Be Reading

The Day Angels Fell
Today is the day. My novel, The Day the Angels Fell, officially releases to the world. You will probably find me in my study today, alternating between elated, anxious, happy, sick to my stomach, and hopeful. Or all at the same time.

In any case, I hope you’ll take the time today to purchase the book and tell your friends about it. Here are a few places you can find it:

Aaron’s Books in Lititz, PA (preorder it from Aaron’s, come out to the store on September 8th, and I’ll sign it for you in person)

Amazon (in hardback, Audible, or Kindle)

Barnes and Noble (in hardback or Nook)




But, to be honest, I’ve grown a little weary of shouting the news of my book from the rooftops for the last few months. I am not a natural self-promoter – it’s all rather exhausting. So, I wanted to take a moment today and point you to some other wonderful books I’ve been reading. Please consider supporting these fine writers and treating yourself to another great read:

It’s always been my dream to write a Newberry Award-winning book, so it’s partially out of jealousy that I picked up The Girl Who Drank the Moon. It’s a beautifully-written, intriguing book that I can’t wait to finish.




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The writing pulls on your heart. The illustrations are breathtaking. I cannot recommend enough this children’s book by Matthew Paul Turner. (Also, a perfect baby-shower gift.)




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Whole, a nonfiction book by Steve Wiens, came to me at just the right time, when I needed to slow down and breathe, seek the peace of God. This is quiet book, but it brings the quiet in a kind, firm way.




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Anne Bogel (you might know her as Modern Mrs. Darcy) is insightful and funny, and I can’t wait to read her new book! It just arrived on my doorstep a few days ago, but it’s quickly moved to the top of my TBR list.




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Seth’s book Coming Clean isn’t hot off the press, but it’s a poignant read, and September is recovery month, so what better time to sit back, take a look at your life, and think about how your own addictions are running the show? After all, we’re all addicted to something.




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Andi’s voice is a quiet, encouraging influence in a world – and I’m talking specifically writers’ self-help world – that includes far too many snake-oil salesmen and get-rich-quick classes. Never bossy or illusory, Andi offers a book that will guide you along your path of writerly self-discovery.




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Ed is a pastor and mentor to writers, and in Flee, Be Silent, Pray, he offers up what I think is his most compelling nonfiction work to date, in which he explores the importance of contemplative prayer. Christian or not, you will find this book a welcome challenge to our culture’s current devotion to busyness and noise.




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I haven’t yet read Kelly Nikondeha’s book Adopted, but I find the premise so compelling, and her online voice so important, that I had to include her book here. Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.





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This one doesn’t come out for a little while, but I’ve enjoyed crossing paths with Jen Fulwiler, and her voice is so relevant and endearing. I’m looking forward to her book, releasing April, 2018. (In the mean time, I’ll be on her radio show on 9/5, so come listen to us chat on SiriusXM channel 129 at 2pm.)




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Deidra speaks with a calm, authoritative voice into a culture that seems to thrive on discord and disagreement. I respect her presence and way of being in the world, and this book is a beautiful reflection of her.




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This is one of the novels on my current to-be-read stack. I met Kelly at a writers’ conference a little over a year ago, and I’ve been anticipating this book for quite some time. “After a tragic Fourth of July weekend, one upper-crust American family learns that some secrets never stay hidden, no matter how deeply you bury them…”



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Last but certainly not least, Caleb Wilde’s long-anticipated memoir, Confessions of a Funeral Director, releases in about a month. Preorder it now! You won’t want to miss this one.

2 Replies to “Twelve Books (Besides Mine) You Should Be Reading”

  1. Thanks Shawn eager to read your book and to look for these other books also. Peace and calmness to you

  2. ONE by Deidra Riggs is really good. I recently met a guy who told me about the book ONE and I told him my wife was reading it. When I asked her about it, she was reading Riggs book. The other book “ONE” is by Henry Hon and it is an amazing read full of practical ways the body of Christ can come together in unity. It’s called ONE: Unfolding God’s Eternal Purpose From House To House.”

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