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By:  Tara Westover

ISBN:  0399590501

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 2/20/2018 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 5 Stars +

Top Books of 2018 

Biographies & Memoirs, 
Nonfiction (Adult)

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

One of The New York Times Book Review’s “must-know literary events” an...

By: David Ariosto 

ISBN: 978-1250176974
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date:  12/11/2019
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 5 Stars 

Fidel Castro is dead. Donald Trump was elected president. And to most outsiders, the fate of Cuba has never seemed more uncertain. Yet those who look close enough may recognize that signs of the next revolution are etched in plain view.

This is Cuba is a true story that beg...

By: Michelle Obama

ISBN: 1524763136

Publisher: Crown 

Publication Date:11/13/2018 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 5 Stars

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African Ameri...

Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease

By: Anthony William 

ISBN: 978-1401954406

Publisher: Hay House 

Publication Date: 10/30/2018 

Format:  Hardcover 

My Rating: 5 Stars

The #1 New York Times best-selling author and beloved healing authority reveals how taking your liver off overload can he...

A Storyteller's Journey with Jesus

By: Charles Martin 

ISBN: 9780785221326

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 01/29/2019

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: TBR (ARC)

With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that has made his novels beloved to millions, Charles Martin helps us engage the fundamental principles of our faith in new and inspiring ways. 

Years ago, Martin cracked open his Bible and began wrestlin...

Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered 

By: Lysa Terkeurst 

ISBN: 978-0718039851

Publisher: Thomas Nelson 

Publication Date: 11/13/2018

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars

New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn't turn out like they expected.

What do you do when God’s timing se...

By: Bob Woodward 

ISBN: 978-9526532998

Publisher: Simon & Schuster;

Publication Date: 09/11/2018

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 5 Stars 

“Explosive.”—The Washington Post
“Devastating.”—The New Yorker



With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented det...

By: Dani Shapiro

ISBN: 978-1524732714

Publisher: Knoph 

Publication Date: 01/15/2019

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: TBR

The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets--a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.

What makes us who we a...

By:  Mark Hitchcock 

ISBN: 9781496414090

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers

Publication Date: 11/06/2018 

Format: Other 

My Rating: 4 Stars

We live in a world that seems to be on the verge of coming apart. Shootings. Killer viruses. The threat of nuclear war. All of it is just too real.

Why does the apocalypse craze in movies and video games appeal to so many people so strongly?

One answer is it shows us...

By: Jeanne Marie Laskas

ISBN:  0525509380

Publisher: Random House 

Publication Date: 9/18/2018

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating:  5Stars

President Barack Obama received ten thousand letters a day from his constituents. This is the story of the private and profound relationship with letter writers that shaped his presidency. Their voices combine to reveal a diary of a nation.

Every evening for eight years, at...

True Stories and Confessions

By: Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella 

ISBN: 978-1250163059

Publisher: St. Martin's Press 

Publication Date:  7/10/2018 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 4 Stars

In I See Life Through Rosé Colored-Glasses, the bestselling mother/daughter pair is back with another hilarious and heartfelt collection of essays about the possibilities and pitfalls

of everyday life.

The New York Times be...

365 Daily Inspirations

By:  Joyce Meyer

ISBN: 9781546009924

Publisher: FaithWords

Publication Date: 10/9/2018

Format: Other 

My Rating: 5 Stars 

God has created you to be confident, bold, and free-free to be yourself, free from the need to compare yourself to others, and free to step into His destiny for your life.

Based on her #1 New York Times bestseller The Confident Woman, Joyce Meyer taps into concerns and iss...

How to Overcome Your Emotional Wounds

By: Joyce Meyer 

ISBN:  1455560243

Publisher: Faithwords

Publication Date: 9/11/2018 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 5 Stars

Internationally renowned Bible teacher Joyce Meyer draws on her own history of abuse to show women how Christ's redeeming love heals emotional wounds and brings joy to life.

Can a woman who has been deeply hurt by life's circumstances be healed, heart...

The True Story of a Life Resurrected from the Ashes of Poverty, Trauma, and Mental Illness

By:  Ericka Andersen 

ISBN: 9781400208272

Publisher: Thomas Nelson 

Publication Date: 6/26/2018 

Format: Other

My Rating:  4 Stars

Sometimes Cloud 9 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

For Rick Sylvester, childhood in Cloud 9, a rundown trailer park in a shabby southwestern town, meant enduring his mother’s drunken fits and drug...

A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival

By:  Kelly Sundberg 

ISBN: 978-0062497673

Publisher:  Harper 

Publication Date: 6/5/2018 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 3 Stars 

“It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That’s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg’s honesty is aston...

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