Do you ever get stuck in a reading rut? I do. Not sure what I want to read, nothing new is grabbing my attention, and I just give up on books. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read. In fact, reading is my favorite thing to do aside from being with my family. There are just times when I don’t know what book should be next.
In times like these I tend to go to some old favorites. Books that will inspire me, make me laugh, make me cry, and lift my spirits. These books bring me out of my rut and remind me why I love to read so much. There are some authors that I could simply read over and over again. I like them that much. Amy Clipston is one of them. Here are my four favorite books by her. You’ll probably notice a theme – I relate in some way to each book. But that’s why I like them so much! I encourage you to pick them up and read them when you are in a reading rut. Or tomorrow. Or today. Okay, you might as well buy them right now!
1. The Gift of Love
This is the true story about Amy’s husband’s battle with kidney disease and the miracle that saved him. Through a special program, Amy was able to donate one of her kidneys to a stranger so that her husband would receive one through the same program. This story will melt your heart as Amy describes this difficult time in her life. As the wife of a transplant patient myself, I could feel her pain. I knew exactly what she was going through and connected with her on a deeper level. I am so glad Amy shared this story. And you don’t need to know someone who had a transplant in order to appreciate this story. I think you will simply appreciate her selfless act of love.
2. A Kauffman Amish Christmas Collection
Everyone who knows me knows how much I love Christmas, so it should be as no surprise that I would chose a Christmas story! This collection gives you two wonderful Amish stories! The first story is about Anna Mae, a shunned woman who desperately wants to visit her family for Christmas. Let’s just say she doesn’t get the welcome she was hoping for. The other brings back beloved character Naomi King. Enough said there! Both stories are good go-to books if you need a little hope.
3. The Forgotten Recipe
Another thing about me? I love to bake. I would open my own bakery/library/bookstore if I could. Of course, that is just a dream. The Forgotten Recipe allows me to live at least part of that dream in the storyline. When Veronica starts baking for people I think it’s for therapy at first. She happens to be extremely good at it and is able to sell her pies. Part of me wishes I could fine a long lost pie recipe from a loved one, but for now I will stick with what I know. This story is also about moving on from difficult situations and circumstances, and I loved the way Amy wrote Veronica’s story. This is a great pick-me-up book!
4. The Courtship Basket
Although the theme of this book is really about love, I found myself captivated with the storyline of teacher/student. My other dream, aside from bakery/library/bookstore is to be a teacher. Rachel found herself assisting at the schoolhouse and became a helper to little John. She handled John in a way that all teachers should take note of. She understood that John didn’t learn exactly like the others and took the time to help him, even outside of the schoolhouse. Now I’m not saying that teachers need to be making house calls necessarily, however I do think they need to take the time to understand their student’s needs. Of course, it does help that there is a love story attached!!
And there you have it folks. I hope you will check out Amy at www.amyclipston.com and sign up for her newsletter as well as check out her other fantastic books! What is your favorite Amy Clipston book? Comment below!