Melissa Kruger's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Melissa Kruger's Bookshelf
Melissa Kruger's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Melissa Kruger

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My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Far Above Rubies: The Life of Bethan Lloyd-Jones (Biography)
Far Above Rubies: The Life of Bethan Lloyd-Jones (Biography)
by Lynette G. Clark
WHY I LIKE IT
Reading about Bethan Lloyd-Jones was both fascinating and encouraging. A few interesting facts: she received 27 marriage proposals (and turned down Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones the first time), achieved membership into the Royal College of Surgeons (one of only a few women to do so in her day and age) and came to saving faith during one of her husband's sermons (after they were married).
Knowing God
Knowing God
by J. I. Packer
WHY I LIKE IT
My husband encouraged me to read this book over twenty years ago. I finally got around to it this past year. While I may be a little late to the party on this one, it's now one of my all time favorites. I found it refreshing to both my heart and mind, challenging both my life and doctrine. If you haven't read it, don't wait as long as I did!
The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
by Madeline, PhD Levine
WHY I LIKE IT
I'm currently reading this book. It's an interesting look at the well-intentioned, but damaging effects of parenting for perfection, over-achievement, and materialism. It's written by a secular clinical psychologist, but offers a wealth of common grace insights and wisdom: "Parents pressure their children to be outstanding, while neglecting the very process by which outstanding children are formed." " It is the culture of affluence - a culture that embraces materialism, that values performance over learning and external motivation over internal motivation, that overemphasizes competition and offers a dearth of opportunities to see adults behave with compassion and integrity - that is sickening our children."
My Worth Is Not In What I Own
My Worth Is Not In What I Own
 
WHY I LIKE IT
The truth that keeps ringing in my ears: Two wonders here that I confess My worth and my unworthiness My value fixed - my ransom paid At the cross
All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
WHY I LIKE IT
Set in WWII, All the Light We Cannot See seamlessly weaves together the effects of war on multiple lives. The disrupted stories of its characters display the powerful influence of evil, as well as the beauty of courage.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
Daily Light Devotional (Burgundy Leather)
Daily Light Devotional (Burgundy Leather)
by Anne Graham Lotz
WHY I LIKE IT
Other than the Bible, there is no book that has encouraged me more. Daily Light is divided into Morning and Evening readings of Scripture arranged according to various themes. The Bagster family compiled these passages for family devotions sometime in the late 18th century. Years ago, my mother gave me a copy and it has met me through joys and sorrows, hope and pain, always faithfully leading me into the Word of God.
Voices From The Past - Puritan Devotional Readings
Voices From The Past - Puritan Devotional Readings
by Richard Rushing
WHY I LIKE IT
Thomas Brooks, William Gurnall, John Flavel, Thomas Watson, John Bunyan, Thomas Manton, Richard Baxter, John Owen and others, all in one place. This devotional offers a year's worth of Puritan authors in daily portions. We read this every morning for family devotions.
The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion
The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion
by Rodney Stark
WHY I LIKE IT
This book traces Christianity from its roots in Jerusalem to its spread all over the globe. It provides a wealth of church history, as well as insightful commentary on modern day denominations.
Dispatches from the Front Boxed Set: Episodes 1-5
Dispatches from the Front Boxed Set: Episodes 1-5
 
WHY I LIKE IT
These videos provide an excellent opportunity to gain a vision of missions work around the world. We enjoy watching them together as a family and praying for the countries and people highlighted. They'd also be helpful for a small group or SS class that wants to learn more about missions around the world.
Mere Christianity
Mere Christianity
by C. S. Lewis
WHY I LIKE IT
It's the first book I read by C.S. Lewis. The wisdom and logic of his arguments still come to mind on a regular basis.
The Art of Divine Contentment
The Art of Divine Contentment
by Thomas Watson
WHY I LIKE IT
I underlined more in this 70 page book than I do in most books four times the size. It's a treasure.
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael
by Elisabeth Elliot
WHY I LIKE IT
It's my favorite biography, about a woman who faithfully chose to live her life by laying it down for others.
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
WHY I LIKE IT
It contains my favorite scene of fighting sin in any fiction work I've read: "Laws and principals are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigor; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?"
David Copperfield (Penguin Classics)
David Copperfield (Penguin Classics)
by Charles Dickens
WHY I LIKE IT
In the final years of his life, Dickens was asked which of his books was his favorite. He replied, "David Copperfield." It's a coming of age story, with a background romance that is a picture of patient endurance and lasting faithfulness.
Anna Karenina (Modern Library Classics)
Anna Karenina (Modern Library Classics)
by Leo Tolstoy
WHY I LIKE IT
Tolstoy masterfully weaves two parallel stories of desire, with two opposite conclusions. The most difficult part of this read is keeping track of the variety of Russian names(and nicknames). But, it's a worthwhile read.
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds
by Jen Wilkin
WHY I LIKE IT
This is the book I would give anyone asking the question, "How do I study the Bible on my own?" It's readable, relatable, and rememberable (I had to find some sort of alliteration to go along with Wilkin's Five P's of Sound Study). It's written specifically for women, but men would benefit from her wisdom and insight as well.
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
by Donald S. Whitney
WHY I LIKE IT
By far, this is the book I recommend most for discipling/mentoring relationships. It covers a variety of topics from Bible study and prayer to stewardship and serving. A few years ago I read it with a friend who had just become a Christian. Afterwards, she told me that more than anything else, this book helped explain to her how to have a relationship with God.

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis
Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis
by Tim Townsend
WHY I LIKE IT
This biography tells the story of the chaplain who ministered to Herman Goering, Albert Speer, and the other architects of the Third Reich. It's an excellent reminder that God's grace can reach even the most hardened war criminal.
And Then I Had Kids: Encouragement for Mothers of Young Children
And Then I Had Kids: Encouragement for Mothers of Young Children
by Susan Alexander Yates
WHY I LIKE IT
This book was a breathe of fresh air for me as a mom, especially when my children were in the toddler/young children years. Susan Yates (wife to John Yates and mom to five) writes with wisdom and insight about friendships, marriage, and priorities in the season of motherhood.
Lightkeepers Girls Box Set: Ten Girls
Lightkeepers Girls Box Set: Ten Girls
by Irene Howat
WHY I LIKE IT
My children loved both the Lightkeepers for Girls and the Lightkeepers for Boys. These sets contain different books that each have mini-biographies of faithful believers throughout history. It's an excellent introduction to some of those who have gone before us in the Christian race.
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell
WHY I LIKE IT
I've enjoyed every Malcolm Gladwell book I've read (Outliers, Blink, The Tipping Point). He observes statistics and details in a way that most people miss. In this book he explores the hidden strengths that are born out of disadvantages.
Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra
by Robert K. Massie
WHY I LIKE IT
Excellent biography about the tragic story of the last Russian Tsar.
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
by Timothy Keller
WHY I LIKE IT
My favorite book on marriage, for both married and single people.
The Beatitudes: Developing Spiritual Character (John Stott Bible Studies)
The Beatitudes: Developing Spiritual Character (John Stott Bible Studies)
by John Stott
WHY I LIKE IT
I've found John Stott's studies to be an excellent way to study the Bible together with other women. My two favorites are this one and his "Sermon on the Mount" study. These are really helpful guides for an outreach or evangelistic Bible Study.
Hoping for Something Better: Refusing to Settle for Life as Usual
Hoping for Something Better: Refusing to Settle for Life as Usual
by Nancy Guthrie
WHY I LIKE IT
An excellent Bible study on the book of Hebrews.
Psalms Volume 1: Songs Along the Way (Living Word Bible Studies)
Psalms Volume 1: Songs Along the Way (Living Word Bible Studies)
by Kathleen Buswell Nielson
WHY I LIKE IT
Ever since this study, I have understood the Psalms in a new and life-giving way.
The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard
The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard
by Kara Tippetts
WHY I LIKE IT
It's not a book about dying. It's a book about living and embracing God's plan for our lives, whatever may come.