- February 13, 2020
2019 has come and gone, but thanks to your holiday celebrations and a busy routine, you may have missed out on some of the year’s best Christian non-fiction books. The year offered plenty of exciting material that covered a full range of ideas and topics. Fun biographies, organizational help, mental health issues, and relationship questions were just some of the year’s biggest works. Here’s our list of the best Christian non-fiction books from 2019.
“Afraid of All the Things” - Scarlet Hiltibidal
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your fears? From the somewhat possible to the absolute ludicrous, we often drown ourselves in worry over things we can’t even control. In “Afraid of All the Things,” Scarlet Hiltibidal walks through some of her own fears and the ways in which she has been able to use her faith in Jesus to address them.
“How Happiness Happens” - Max Lucado
One of the most reliable and prolific authors in the Christian genre, Max Lucado has penned an overwhelming number of best-selling books that have impacted the lives of readers forever. In 2019, he wrote “How Happiness Happens.” The book embarks on a journey toward lasting happiness, providing commentary on our society’s growing state of dissatisfaction along the way.
“Something Needs to Change” - David Platt
Have you grown too comfortable in your bubble of Western Christianity? Do you understand the level of need and human suffering currently going on around the world? David Platt’s latest book is all about struggling with the tough questions in our modern world and looking for ways in which we can be the hands and feet of Jesus like never before.
“Never Unfriended” - Lisa-Jo Baker
Next up on our list of the best Christian non-fiction books from 2019 is “Never Unfriended” by Lisa-Jo Baker. At the heart of this book is one of the most timeless truths concerning relationships: to be someone who has healthy friendships, you need to be a good friend to others. Fight against our social media-riddled society where friendships come and go at the push of a button and strive for the real deal.
“Sick of Me” - Whitney Capps - Best Christian Non-Fiction Books from 2019
A current trend in Christianity is to always be vulnerable, open, and emotional. While these are good things within a certain context, author Whitney Capps has drawn a line in the sand in “Sick of Me.” At some point, Christians need to move past accepting themselves and learn what it means to be changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Rhythms of Renewal” - Rebekah Lyons
Whether you’re a single adult or the mother of six kids, life can present enough challenges to where you’re wishing for some kind of reset button. “Rhythms of Renewal” by Rebekah Lyons is aimed at teaching us how we can find rest and peace in a world full of anxiety and depression. Instead of letting your day be dictated by concerns at work or what you see on the nightly news, discover how you can let the message of the Bible renew your spirit.
“Adorning the Dark” - Andrew Peterson
We have countless books focused on spreading the gospel through evangelism, discipleship, and relationships, but what about the arts? Musical artist and writer Andrew Peterson wrote “Adorning the Dark” to help those who wish to use their creative talents for the Kingdom gain a better perspective on what it takes and how they can be of the best use.
“What is a Girl Worth?” - Rachael Denhollander
A story with a true crime aspect, Rachael Denhollander’s memoir of her pursuit of justice in the case against an abusive team doctor on the USA Gymnastics team was one of 2019’s biggest books. Her path from being a typical American girl to one of the most popular advocates for abuse victims in the country made headlines around the world.
“Beholding and Becoming” - Ruth Chou Simons
“You are what you eat” is a phrase used by nutrition experts for years, but author Ruth Chou Simons has a slightly different take. She believes we become what we behold. What are the things grabbing your attention day in and day out? Where are you placing your priorities? In this beautifully illustrated book, Simons wants to teach readers how to embrace and practice worship in their everyday lives.
“When to Walk Away” - Gary Thomas
After years of telling audiences how to build a “Sacred Marriage” or find their significant others through “The Sacred Search,” 2019 was the year when Gary Thomas answered another difficult question: how to deal with toxic people. “When to Walk Away” is a guide to pursuing healthy relationships and knowing the difference between people who can be fixed and those who are too set in their ways.
“Not Forsaken” - Louie Giglio - Best Christian Non-Fiction Books from 2019
Unlike some of the people Gary Thomas talks about in “When to Walk Away,” Louie Giglio wants you to know that God has not left you all alone. Regardless of where we’ve gone or what we’ve done, God is willing to rescue us. If you need an encouraging reminder that God sees value in your life and cares for you, this is an important read.
“Can’t Make This Stuff Up” - Susannah B. Lewis
In recent years we’ve seen the rise of popular bloggers and speakers in the market for Christian books. Susannah B. Lewis makes her non-fiction debut with “Can’t Make This Stuff Up,” a collection of personal stories from her life. Ranging from childhood stories in the South to her faith in Jesus and experiences with the church, Lewis has put together a fun read for parents and singles alike.
“The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” - John Mark Comer
Beyond personal essays that move us, one of the best places to find the year’s best Christian non-fiction books is through organizational and leadership works that allow us to better ourselves in a practical way. “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer is a necessary attack on our modern world’s push for busyness and over-indulgence.
“Risen Motherhood” - Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler
It’s easy for parents to get lost in the mundane routine of life. What’s the spiritual significance of making lunches and driving kids around town? The Bible tells us that whatever we do, it should be done for the glory of God. In “Risen Motherhood,” authors Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler teach readers how to be a parent with purpose.
So if you’re looking for the best Christian non-fiction books from 2019, check out our list and see if you can’t find the next item on your reading list. Along with the biggest Christian musicians and filmmakers, the K-LOVE Fan Awards celebrates the authors who are leaving an enormous impact in the faith community. Find out how you can join us for the ultimate fan experience at the year’s hottest show by clicking on the link below.