My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Books That Changed Me

There are words that sit flat on a page, entertaining, but never really moving. And then there are words that rise up from the ink and paper and settle somewhere deep, in heart or mind changing you for a moment or a lifetime.

I recently wrote about an article I read that inspired me to think about books and how they have impacted my life. While this is not a conclusive list of my all time favorites, these books have each lingered in my soul. They may rest there for a while, becoming part of the fabric of who I am, or they may pierce places in me for a season, speaking to a specific place in my heart. Each of these books holds a special place in my life.


Redeeming Love: This book is so much more than a love story. It is the personification of how God never gives up on us. It is something I need to be reminded of over and over. My only mistake was reading in the bathtub. The water got cold long before I was ready to stop turning pages.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: This may be children’s fiction, but it consistently models the power and sacrifice of Jesus to my heart.

Healing Stones: The most beautiful weaving together of words and descriptions that made me remember all I love about words. The story is real and full of hope, but the prose lingers long after the plot has closed.

The Applause of Heaven: One of the first books that illustrated just how deep God’s love is. It creates images you will not soon forget, reminding you of what it means to be a child of God.

The Help: A beautifully tragic story to get lost in. Characters that rest deep in your soul and show what it means to love even when it is dangerous. This one kept me up long into the night by a lantern in a canvas tent in New York.

You’re Made for a God Sized Dream: Pure encouragement from such a kind heart. Sometimes we need to be reminded of those dreams we’ve long hidden away.

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On Writing: I resisted this book for so long because of the author. It scared me and I couldn’t imagine that it would have anything for me. I was so wrong. Honest and real it made me feel like I was sitting having a conversation with a wise friend. Whether you write or not, this story will pull back the curtain on how to keep going when you feel like a failure.

image credit: BookBub Blog

image credit: BookBub Blog

And for those wondering, yes, the Bible. Always the Bible.


Sharing words with these great writers today!



About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

6 Replies

  1. Some of these I’ve read. Some I haven’t yet. But I must agree with the Bible. 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s always a winner!

  2. Becky, I love it! I think I’ll write about it too (but not now).
    This is for me an that changed me: : “Prayers for Prodigals.” Written by James Banks.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you! I will have to check that out (and give me a shout when you write about it!)

  3. Colleen Golafshan

    Definitely have Redeeming Love as an all time favourite, after the Bible, though have more reading to do with the others on your list. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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