I love to read best-selling fiction and biographies of heroes of the faith. Recently, Jim and I were browsing the Bob Jones University book store and I found this journal of a young woman's entire life by Elizabeth Prentiss.
The girl is a fictional character from the 1800s, but I've read 3/4 of the book thinking that she truly lived and I've decided to finish the book believing that people can really love God as she did. She is SO transparent and honest, but brash and unforgiving at the same time -- just really real. I really can't put the book down and would recommend it to anyone. Here is a quote from the book:
"I see that the Christian life must be individual, as the natural character is, and that I cannot be exactly like Dr. Cabot, Mrs. Campbell, or like Mother, though they all three stimulate and are an inspiration to me. But I see, too, that the great points of similarity in Christ's disciples have always been the same. This is the testimony of all the good books, sermons, hymns and memoirs I read - that God's ways are infinitely perfect; that we are to love Him for what He is and therefore equally as much when He afflicts as when He prospers us; that there is no real happiness but in doing and suffering His will; and that this life is but a scene of probation through which we pass to the real life above."