Deidra Riggs
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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. Hi I am just the opposite… I read them all except “NIght”….Today, I am going to look for it at our library and if not, order it from amazon. thanks so much for your list..

  2. I’ve read Blue Like Jazz…loved it. I have his other book, A Thousand Years, on my nightstand ready to be read. I also have The Help there also. (My nightstand is loaded with books!)

    Just finished the Bible Study Jonah by Priscilla Shirer and fell in love with her. Definitely going get the book you mentioned as I am in my wilderness right now.

    Currently I’m reading Sarah’s Key. Awesome book so far and very moving, but sad. You should read!

    • My nightstand drawer is overflowing with books to read! It’s so full the nightstand threatens to tip over when I open that drawer. Right now I’m reading Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer – based on the story of Jonah! It’s amazing! I’ll put Sarah’s Key on my list. Haven’t heard of that one. Thanks!

  3. OK. I have to say something about The Help. And please believe me, I’m not trying to put anyone down or judge. I’m honestly confused about this book. I started The Help last month and really, really enjoyed it. However, the constant, and I mean CONSTANT use of the Lords name in vain (the real one: G-d++++++) got to me. I could not finish reading the book. Even trying to not read the word I still “heard it in my ears” and felt this was not honoring to God. Am I alone here? Am I being ridiculous in thought that as a Christian woman we should not read things that are dishonoring. Again, I know this is sounding judgmental, and I honestly don’t mean it to. I loved the story and wanted to finish it badly but I felt I needed to choose. So many Christian woman are hailing this book as a must read but aren’t we also promoting something wrong? Do we just “avoid” the bad parts? Would love some dialog on this.

    • i wonder if different people “hear’ different things when they read. i would have the same problem with the written vain use of God’s name. it rings in my mind for hours after i have put the book down.

      the spoken words, however, my mind seems to blank out.

      • Thanks for the heads-up Tammy. I would have been upset if I started this book – no matter how great it is written I cannot read books like this. I don’t mind if others can but I just can’t.

    • Thanks so much for your comment! You absolutely are not being ridiculous. And you’re probably not alone. I think this is a good example of how something that appeals to one person can rub another person the wrong way and – in spite of that – we are all invited to be part of the beautiful body of Christ!

  4. I loved putting a voice to you face now….I’ve read Night and The Help loved them both. I would love to hear the dialog about comment above. I’ve heard this from many people before, my opinion is you have to consider the time and situation it’s written for. As adults I believe in we can handle reading and not agreeing or approving. Sometimes it’s necessary to tell the story. okay thats my two cents! 🙂

  5. Ok, first Mary & now you touting The Help….I’m immediately adding it to my Amazon wishlist. I have never read Priscilla Shirer, but that book sounds like another “must read.” I read Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller and really enjoyed it. I’ve wanted to read Blue Like Jazz & A Million Miles for a while now. My list is starting to get very long. Maybe I need a library card. Haha!

    • Each time I buy a new copy of Blue Like Jazz, I end up giving it away. It’s that good. I guess I should just buy a case of them…

  6. What a treat to see and hear you sweet friend. Thank you for sharing these books. I have “The Help” in my “to read” pile. The others sound so good. Oh – I do love books!

  7. This is so awesome, I loved seeing who you are. You are beautiful. God’s blessings to you in all that you do.

  8. I have loved several of these as well (especially ‘The Help’)…though I didn’t have the courage to read ‘Night’ last year while my son was reading it in Literature class. Maybe I will pick it up one day. I also have never read any of Priscilla’s books, yet I L.O.V.E. hearing her speak! Maybe that should be our next small group study! Thanks for sharing, Deidra.

  9. What a great list! I hadn’t heard of Priscilla Shirer’s book before.

    How fun it was to hear your voice, friend! Made my day. BTW, I’m a little bit bossy, too. xo

  10. I LOVE Night. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I make it a habit to re-read it at least every two years. I have not read any of the other books on your list, but I have them on my list now! I’ve heard a lot about The Help being really good, and my pastor is reading One in a Million, which usually tells me it is worth picking up.

    For my recent books and recommendations, it’s a weird combination. I just read the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, (work-related, but short, to the point, and good). Ken also cowrote Lead Like Jesus, which is a leadership development devotional..really great stuff for a new manager like myself!

    I also recommend So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore. Even if you aren’t struggling with insecurity, chances are you know someone who is, and Beth helps to put things in perspective in relation to how our insecurities rob us of our joy in the Lord. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

    I finally finished the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis last week and love it.

    Thanks again for sharing your selections!

    • I read One Minute Manager, too. It was good! Have you heard of Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki? You might enjoy that one! 🙂

  11. I love the Yada Yada Prayer Group books!
    I have had The Help on my reading list for awhile, so this may be the perfect opportunity to purchase it without feeling guilty. Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. I have heard the Yadda Yadda prayer Group on a trip to Arizona. It was wonderful.
    I have also read Blue Like Jazz and found it very interesting. I am reading Weird, because normal isn’t working by Craig Groeschel. Very enlightening. I also took a Bible study with Priscilla Shirer – very good.