Read a Book for My Birthday!

I learned that my birthday next week, September 6, is National Read a Book Day!

Do I have the perfect career match or what?

So, what book will you read for National Read a Book Day? You can read it in honor of my birthday if you like, but most of all, choose a book for your entertainment, edification, and increased knowledge.

Would you like to suggest a book I should read? If you do, I’ll select the top three or five, put the titles in a feminine, stylish hat, and draw one. The winner will be awarded a copy of Bygone Christmas Brides, which includes one of my novellas I wrote awhile back. I’m honored to be included with authors Ginny Aiken, Carla Gade, Pamela Griffin, Jill Stengl, and Gina Welborn.

I can’t wait to see what books you recommend!

45 Responses to Read a Book for My Birthday!

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    Rebekah Love Dorris August 31, 2017 at 5:12 am #

    Jerusalem Scrolls by Brock and Bodie Thoene. It’s the story of Miryam, sister to Elazar and Marta, pious know-it-alls who despise their sensual little sister for being mistress to a Roman centurion. When a new Rabbi comes to a wedding in Cana where she’s pining over a married man, she glimpses a glint of hope for her tortured life. Then her brother demands she leave the wedding.

    You. Would. Love. It.

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    Christina Miller August 31, 2017 at 5:12 am #

    An old one and my favorite: Savannah by Eugenia Price.

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    Melissa Ferguson August 31, 2017 at 5:18 am #

    Oh fun! I am in the midst of “A Portrait of Emily Price” after having finished Reay’s stellar “Dear Mr. Knightly.” And for a book suggestion….assuming you have read so much great Christian fiction already…I’ll say a collection of short, delightfully humorous, British stories called “The Man with Two Left Feet and Others” by PG Wodehouse.

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    Shirley Brosius August 31, 2017 at 5:26 am #

    I suggest two: Bonhoffer by Eric Metaxas and Flickering Pixels by Shane Hipps

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      Damon J. Gray August 31, 2017 at 5:40 am #

      Yikes! Bonhoffer in one day? That’s a thick read! πŸ˜‰

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      Sheriena McEvers August 31, 2017 at 6:25 am #

      That was one of my first suggestions. I will think of another. Your want to read it in one day? Hmmm…”The Last Sin Eater” by Francine Rivers

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        Sheriena McEvers August 31, 2017 at 6:26 am #

        Yikes! – big typo -You are wanting to read it in one day?

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    Damon J. Gray August 31, 2017 at 5:44 am #

    Tamela, I do not know what I’ll read in your honor yet, but I’ll come up with something. I’ve been wanting to read The Orthodox Heretic by Peter Rollins, and it sits there on my nightstand.

    For you, I suggest an excellent favorite of mine: TrueFaced by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch. It is deeply challenging, but short enough that you could complete it in one day. I’ve both read & studied it. I’ve recommended it to so many others, and will likely read it again.

    https://www.amazon.com/TrueFaced-Bill-Thrall/dp/1576836932

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    Jeanine Lunsford August 31, 2017 at 5:52 am #

    “Before Amen” by Max Lucado

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    Josie Siler August 31, 2017 at 5:52 am #

    Yikes, I work that day. Maybe I’ll try to finish one of the three books I’m in the middle of! I suggest you read “ELIJAH” by Frank Redman. It’s a fantastic read that will make you laugh, yet tug on your heartstrings.

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    Loretta Eidson August 31, 2017 at 6:17 am #

    Think I’ll read A Season to Love by Nicole Deese or the Love Inspired Abducted by Dana Mentink. Happy early Birthday!!

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    Kristen Johnson August 31, 2017 at 6:19 am #

    The Memoir of Johnny Devine, by Camille Eide. One of my favorite books of all time. It’s about a former Hollywood heaetthrob (from the 1930’s) who came to Jesus while fightibg in the war, and now he wants to write his memoir, but he needs the help of a beautiful writer who has troubles of her own. It’s just gorgeous. Happy birthday!!

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    Shirley Brosius August 31, 2017 at 6:25 am #

    Damon is right! You cannot read Bonhoffer in a day. But it’s a must read. I should have given the subtitles of the books I suggested: Bonhoffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet Spy and Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith. You can do the latter in a day.

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    sherri stewart August 31, 2017 at 6:44 am #

    Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

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    Tamela Hancock Murray August 31, 2017 at 6:55 am #

    Wow, I love all of these! Keep the suggestions coming!

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    Patricia Beal August 31, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin or Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent πŸ™‚

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    Stephen W. HIemstra August 31, 2017 at 7:21 am #

    I am currently reading Tim Keller’s book, Making Sense of God.

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    Mark August 31, 2017 at 7:26 am #

    Lol. Well, right now I am reading one of your signed author’s, Ronie Kendig, Conspiracy of Silence, but I am sure you’ve read about everything she has given you. But I am also reading Targets Down by Bob Hamer. Pretty good. Happy birthday, next week!

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    Cindy Fowell August 31, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer. Just finished it last weekend. Would reread on your birthday if I could. I am still mulling over the emotions and insights of this book.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser August 31, 2017 at 7:37 am #

    I read to build strength for the fight, so I will probably turn to David Bellavia’s ‘House To House’, his memoir of Phantom Fury, the second battle for Fallujah.

    And I would recommend it to you, dear tamela, because on the other side of the carnage you will meet a man of hard, burnished faith.

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    Norma Brumbaugh August 31, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    “Happy Birthday” in advance, Tamela! It’s fun to see what everyone is recommending.
    Here’s two from me.
    1) Finding Spiritual Whitespace,, by Bonnie Gray. This will tug on your heart.
    2) The Meeting Place, by N. L. Brumbaugh (yours truly :0)). This will draw you to worship.
    I think I’d like to re-read “Seven Storey Mountain,” by Thomas Merton.
    Be blessed!

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    Kristi Woods August 31, 2017 at 7:55 am #

    Early wishes for a happy birthday, Tamela! I’ll be reading a Becky Wade novel called Her One and Only. Christian romance captures me every time. πŸ˜‰

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    Jennifer Deibel August 31, 2017 at 7:57 am #

    How perfect!! I pray you have a truly blessed birthday with lots of chocolate and a nap! πŸ™‚

    I will be reading Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Your Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess.

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    Patti Jo Moore August 31, 2017 at 8:07 am #

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this, Tamela. I had no idea that “our” birthday was also a special day to honor reading a book! πŸ˜‰

    I do hope you’ll enjoy your (our) birthday, and want to add that even though I didn’t realize Sept. 6 is also Read a Book day, my daughter and son-in-law had already planned to take me to a bookstore that day! πŸ™‚

    Sending birthday hugs in advance, Patti Jo

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      Tamela Hancock Murray September 2, 2017 at 7:39 am #

      Hi, all!

      WOW!!!! What a fantastic list! I love all of these! In fact, I put almost all of them in my Amazon cart to buy soon. Seriously. Thank you.

      By the way, even putting all of these books in my cart, if I purchased them today, I would spend well under $200. I hope all readers understand what a bargain it is to buy a book they can keep forever and read again and again, or pass on to others.

      The winner is: THE MAN WITH TWO LEFT FEET AND OTHERS by P.D. Wodehouse. I look forward to being amused on my birthday.

      Melissa, I’m planning to mail your prize soon!

      My blog readers ROCK! I might make this “contest” an annual event!

      Thank you for being a fun, informative, and enlightening part of my birthday celebration!

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    JD Rempel August 31, 2017 at 8:14 am #

    The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock.

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    Carol Wilson August 31, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    HAPPY Birthday!

    I suggest: Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church – Philip Yancey; Safely Home – Randy Alcorn; Naked on God’s Doorstep – Marion Duckworth.

    I am currently reading a book I purchased at an Oregon Christian Writers conference:
    On the Threshold – Sherrie Ashcraft & Christina Berry Tarabochia

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    Deetje J. Wildes August 31, 2017 at 8:32 am #

    I discovered a recent book which I find captivating – The Great Rescue: American Heroes, an iconic ship, and the race to save Europe in WWI, by Peter Hernon. It’s about the USS Leviathan, which carried thousands of soldiers and nurses to battlefields of France. The story is told through the experiences of “a diverse cast of participants, including the ship’s captain… General Pershing… a young Black whose heroism was ignored because of his race…a star war reporter for the Saturday Evening Post… as well as a host of famous supporting characters, including a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Humphrey Bogart.” I recommend you find a copy!

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      Rebekah Love Dorris August 31, 2017 at 9:01 am #

      Now THAT’S what I want to be reading on Sept. 6! Thanks for sharing. That sounds amazing!

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    Mary-Anne Crooks August 31, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    Happy birthday Steve. Hope it is a good one.

    I wouldn’t mind a recommendation. One of my favourite books of all time is ‘The other Hand’ by Chris Cleave.

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      Tamela Hancock Murray August 31, 2017 at 9:57 am #

      Mary-Anne, thought I should clarify that Steve’s birthday is in June. I’m always happy to accept good wishes, though! πŸ˜€

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    Kristen Joy Wilks August 31, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    I’m rereading the Anne of Green Gables collection. I forgot how hard these books make me laugh, think, weep, and just be thrilled. There are some many thoughtful moments about God as well, hidden among the hilarity. Love them!

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    Karen Saari August 31, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    Happy Birthday Tamela πŸ™‚ I’m going to second the nomination of Safely Home by Randy Alcorn – one of my favorite all time books. I have favorites in a few genre’s but this one is my favorite over all genres. Anybody who hasn’t read this book should do it. Now! πŸ™‚ Or on Sept. 6.

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    Marilyn Turk August 31, 2017 at 2:29 pm #

    Tamela,
    I’d recommend “Eve’s Daughters” by Lynn Austin. The book has been out a while, but I just read it and think it’s a great work of fiction.

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    Deb Santefort August 31, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! by Dr. Suess?

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    Laura Bennet August 31, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I recommend Sway by Amy Matayo (fiction) and Rooted by Banning Liebscher (non-fiction). Both are amazing books.

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    Marlene Anderson August 31, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    I am reading constantly. A current book is “Getting Religion”, by Kenneth L. Woodward. Another one I have had and am picking up again, “TheShack Revisited”. Happy Birthday

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    Mermaid Scribbler August 31, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    Happy Birthday! ???

    I plan to read Dr. Gerald Schroeder’s book, The Science of God. He’s a brilliant physicist from MIT and a Torah scholar.

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    Beth Vogt August 31, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Tamela! How fun that you’ll be celebrated on National Read a Book Day!

    I recommend you read The Beauty of Broken by Elisa Morgan — it was life-changing for me.

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    Tisha Martin August 31, 2017 at 10:43 pm #

    Happy early birthday, Tamela!

    One book I suggest to read is Joanna Davidson Politano’s debut, Lady Jane Disappears. It’s on my list!

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      Tamela Hancock Murray September 1, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

      Awesome! Joanna is a Tamelite so I’m definitely already a fan and familiar with that book! Thank you so much.

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    Rebekah Millet September 1, 2017 at 11:40 am #

    Happy early birthday! I just started reading Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano and am loving it.

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    Joanne Reese September 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Allie and Bea, by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a new release. It was an absolute delight.

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D September 2, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    Happy birthday, Tamela. Many happy returns of the day. My reading this week won’t win any prizes- I am reading a book on rhetoric for a graduate class I am teaching at Liberty University. Aristotle, Plato, and company are taking up my time these days…..but it is really a great book by James Herrick.

    Oh, I am also reading signs on the windows of stores at the Annapolis Mall. I blogged about it on my website, http://www.suddenlysingletips.com. You might enjoy my comments about exclusions being excluded. That said, have a blessed birthday!

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    Lynda L. Irons September 5, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    Congratulations on the birthday. I found you through Writer’s Digest and am thrilled that there is a Christian agent out there.
    I’m reading John Grisham’s Sycamore Row.

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