Kyleigh Dunn ~ Since I don’t think my toddler’s devotional book really counts as unexpected, I’ll go with one of my favorite children’s books that I loved as a young child and whose comments on glorifying God with “secular” talents has really impacted me: The Clown of God.
Sarah Brown ~ I had to think for a while on this one. Most every book I've read, I've been able to anticipate in advance whether I would be impacted by it or not. The book that I finally remembered having this experience with was Lessons on Faith by A.T. Jones and E.J. Wagoner. Usually I do not really look forward to reading books that are not storybooks. I have a hard time paying attention, and they just do not capture my interest. That's why I was so surprised when I found myself fascinated with this non-fiction theology-style book. Each page, it seemed, answered questions I had held for years about righteousness by faith and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book.
Kendra Ardnek ~ This was a tricky question that has taken me a while to think about, because most of what I read is Christian Fantasy, and I expect to meet God there, discover new, rich truths. However, I have, at last, called a story to mind. The Light Princess by George MacDonald. MacDonald was one of C. S. Lewis's inspirations, and most of his books hold great, profound truths, but The Light Princess starts off as a silly fairy tale. It's not until the very end that you're suddenly struck with a rich allegory that is surprisingly serious.
Aubrey Hansen ~ While a lot of Kevin DeYoung’s books are good, I didn’t expect Just Do Something to be as revolutionary as it was. I had spent my life wandering under the bad theology of viewing God’s will as a “corn maze,” where it was up to us humans to find the mysterious “right path” or be zapped by lightning. DeYoung’s easy-to-understand but blunt explanation of God’s will liberated me and set me on the path to getting married, finding a better job, and, ultimately, writing more books! Highly recommended.