Favorite Memoirs {10 Books a Day for a Week}

Memoirs–those stories that belong to other people, but are generously shared. I personally love memoirs–in all their varieties. It’s a gift to be invited in to share someone else’s thoughts, dreams, and disappointments. Memoirs are brave and bold–whether told in their own words, or by someone who took the time to know them well and rep them accurately, memoirs are gateways to new friends, heroes, and possibilities. Here are my favorite:

  1. A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliott {…this book , or should I say, Amy’s life made left me wide awake and ready to confront my lazy faith.}
  2. Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Legacy of Jim Elliott by Elisabeth Elliot {…kingdom sacrifice. Quite simply, this book taught me that God doesn’t always do what we think He should or could do.}
  3. Thin Places by Mary DeMuth {…incredibly brave.}
  4. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah {…heart-wrenching.}
  5. Night by Elie Wiesel and while you’re on the subject The Sunflower by Simon Wiesentahl {…incredible.}
  6. Into Thin Air by John Krakaeur {…courage and resiliency personified.}
  7. The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene Peterson {…so much wisdom.}
  8. Bossypants by Tina Fey {…laughter. As in the bust-out-loud-laughter-but-don’t-care that-you’re-sitting-in-a-quiet-coffee-shop variety.}
  9. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas {…now this story, it must be read.}
  10. Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber {…I loved Carolyn’s coming of faith story….so intellectually honest.}

Memoirs give us perspective and understanding. They remind us that we are not alone in the world; there are others who have pressed through the details of remarkable and live to tell about it. Memoirs inspire us; they remind us we too can and should get out of bed and make something of today…no matter how trying the challenge may be.

What’s your favorite memoir?

This week’s 10 Books a Day for a Week has been inspired by Sarah.  Tomorrow is the last day of this link up and I’ll be sharing “Books I Reference for Daily Life…” Hmmm…that’s going to be an interesting category.

One thought on “Favorite Memoirs {10 Books a Day for a Week}

  1. i’ve read several of those – memoir is my all time favorite genre. have you read left to tell by immaculee ilibagiza? probably my favortie book on earth.

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