Best Reads


I'm a hopeless lover of books. These days I cannot travel without my trusty Kobo eReader. Probably one of the most precious possessions of bookworms who also happen to be backpackers! If you're a voracious reader like me, and you've also caught the wanderlust bug, I'd definitely recommend you get your hands on one of them eReaders even if you detest the idea of these vexatious technological devices replacing the good ol' paperback. It's a lifesaver when you're out there exploring the world over!

Words are the building blocks of thought, imagination, creativity and endless conversation. It creates a world of its own, and really, the kind of words and ideas and principles you fill your mind with makes you what you are. Because, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

Autobiographical works, historical fiction, philosophical and Christian literature are my favorite genres. Here's a constantly updated list of my most memorable reads, and the writers that have influenced and shaped my journey in thought and action.

Following Fire by Ash Barker
The Purpose of Man; The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
Bruchko by Bruce Olson
Shaking the System by Tim Stafford 
The Bishop of Rwanda by John Rucyahana
The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
Compelled by Love; Always Enough by Heidi Baker
Breakthrough Creativity by Lynne Levesque
Lightforce by Brother Andrew
Taking Action by Reinhard Bonnke
Dreams and Visions by Tom Doyle
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
Sentness by Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw
Blood Diamonds by Greg Campbell
Healing the Nations by John Loren Sandford
Mentor Like Jesus by Regi Campbell
Love Has A Face by Michele Perry
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet & Spy by Eric Metaxas
Crashing the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick
Provocations by Soren Kierkegaard

Spiritual Equipping for Mission by Ryan Shaw
The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Brothers Karamazov by 
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
War Child by Emmanuel Jal
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

God Sleeps in Rwanda by Joseph Saberenzi
Into the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord

A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
God Grew Tired of Us: the Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by John Bul Dau
Left to Tell: Finding God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Illibagiza
Son of Hamas by Mosad Yousef
Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Love Does by Bob Goff
There is No Me Without You: One Woman's Courage to Change the Lives of Ethiopians Orphans by Melissa Fay Greene
The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson

Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks

Mere Christianity; The Great Divorce; Miracles; The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson
Kisses for Katie by Katie Davis

The Alchemist; The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho
Rumours of Another World; The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey
Dreaming Wide Awake; Soul Cravings by Erwin Raphael McManus
Raising My Voice by Malalai Joya
A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns
Skin; The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. Tolkien

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Welcome to my wayfaring world of stories. My name is Janielle and I’m a traveling musician and music educator based in Melbourne. Join me on my quest to embrace people of peace in tough places, inspire creative education where none exists, spark spiritual conversations that challenge the status quo, and collaborate with like-minded young people to catalyze a mission of peacemaking through acts of compassion and creativity among the young and free. As a nomad at heart, my ‘home’ is wherever I journey with people on the ground and discover life on the frontiers.