Instead of pulling together a predictable "best of 2010" books list, we at Her.meneutics thought our readers would enjoy a list of our favorite books written by women that we read throughout the year. Enjoy our recommendations, and add your own in the comments section.

Embracing Your Second Calling, by Dale Hanson Bourke (2010)
This book doesn't cover every facet of mid-life, but does a terrific job exploring the emotional and spiritual transformation that must happen in our souls at midlife. This meaty book doesn't rely on shopworn Christian cliches; in fact, Bourke's transparency about her own ambitions, losses, bitterness, and stumbling steps into her own third act are a refreshing companion on the journey to surrendering to God's purposes for the rest of our lives.—Michelle Van Loon


The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
, by Judith Shulevitz (2010)
Sabbath, says Shulevitz, "is not only an idea. It is also something you keep. With other people." After spending my first 30 years keeping Sabbath with Seventh-day Adventists, I read quite a few Protestant books on Sabbath-keeping by people who liked the idea but had little experience of the practice. In Shulevitz, a semi-observant Jew, I finally found a contemporary author who gets it. Her survey, written as a memoir but packed with fascinating information, covers Christian as well as Jewish approaches to Sabbath-keeping.—LaVonne Neff

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson (2010) To tell the story of a generation of African Americans who migrated from the Jim Crow South to northern cities in search of a better life, Wilkerson follows the lives of three people who made the trek. You'll be immersed ...

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