Finding Things to Read

One of the Snyder family rules (we have 13 and counting :-) is that “Snyders are readers.” Why make this a rule? First, God communicates with his children via the written word. This means that we as believers must become proficient in our ability to comprehend written language (and our second son is really fighting us on this point). The more we read (fiction, non-fiction, blog posts, poetry, etc.) the more we create a broader context for understanding God’s Word. One could argue that reading anything of value will be good for your ultimate sanctification :-). Second, when it comes to spiritual books, we declare our need for the universal body of Christ to step into our daily, myopic tunnel-vision and show us the gospel of God in the person of Christ. We humble ourselves and honestly say, “I need my brothers and sisters in Christ to help me because I’m weak (1 Thess 5:14). I need someone to reprove, rebuke, exhort, and encourage me (2 Tim 4:2) because sin is deceitful and on my own I am vulnerable to being hardened by it” (Heb 3:13). God didn’t mean for us to run the Christian race alone, so pull a good author down from the shelf and jog along beside him or her awhile. Allow his or her understanding of the sacred to seep into your world and perhaps change it for the better. To that end, we’re giving you some suggestions.

These books and blog posts represent some of the best advice that we ever received from christian authors. Some of these authors have spoken truth into our marriage, parenting and personal growth in grace. Other authors provided us with wisdom when we were seeking to help fellow believers who came to us for counsel and discipleship. Liz or I have read almost all the works on this list (Liz more so because she is a faster reader) and when we haven’t, one of our close friends has (and graciously written a review : ). Eventually, our goal is to have reviews for all the books listed. Until then, you can watch the number of reviews and the list of suggestions grow.  Reviews will be posted on the blog and we are excited to use this new portion of the blog to introduce some of our friends as new reviewers/authors.

As always, our goal is to help you grow to be more like Jesus, today. These authors have helped us, and we think that they will do the same for you if you give them a chance.



 Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy, Gary Thomas

What Did you Expect, Paul Tripp

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God, Tim and Kathy Keller

How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong, Leslie Vernick

Review: Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, Lane and Tripp

“Keep Calm and Carry On: Being a Strong Helper After God’s Own Heart,” Wendy Alsup,



Review: Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus, Elyse FitzPatrick and Jessica Thompson

ReviewChrist In The Chaos: How the Gospel Changes Motherhood, Kimm Crandall

The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children, Sally Clarkston

Loving the Little Years, Rachel Yankovic

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp


Personal Sanctification

Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image, Hannah Anderson

How People Change, Timothy Lane and  Paul Tripp

The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges

Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure, John Piper

The Gospel Centered Woman, Wendy Alsup

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out, Brennan Manning

A Quest For More: Living for Something Bigger Than You, Paul Tripp

ReviewThe Hammer of God, Bo Giertz

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts, Jerry Bridges

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, Tim Keller and Kathy Keller


Specific Topics

Review: I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy, Angie Smith (Miscarriage)

Grief After a Miscarriage: Together Trusting God,” Paul Snyder,

Every Good Work: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, Tim Keller (Occupation/Work)

“On Quitting My Job,” Wendy Alsup, 

When People are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency and the Fear of Man, Ed Welch (Fear of Man)

Good News for Weary Women: Escaping the Bondage of To-Do Lists, Steps and Bad Advise, Elyse Fitzpatrick (Legalism)

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality, Wesley Hill (Homosexuality)

Modest: Men and Women Clothed in the Gospel, R.W. Glenn and Tim Challies (Modesty)

ReviewPolitics According to the Bible, Wayne Grudem (Politics)

When Your Husband Is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart, Vicki Tiede (Spouse’s Addiction)

Lost in the Middle: MidLife and the Grace of God, Paul Tripp (Midlife Issues)



The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name, Sally Lloyd-Jones

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever NewMarty Machowski

God’s Names, Sally Micheal

God’s Promises, Sally Micheal

God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies, Justin Holcomb