This month I stocked up on some books from the library. I'm currently reading three with two more waiting for me on my nightstand.
I really love to read. My problem is, I often don't know WHAT to read. SO I asked around for some "must reads" and was able to gather a wonderful list of books. Hopefully this post will help if you often find yourself in the same quandary I am often in!
Here are the books I'm in the middle of...
1. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
I like this book. In short, it's about "embracing a life of radical gratitude" no matter what you're going through. The author writes very, very poetically, and at times I have to read and re-read because it's not written in a way that most common folk such as myself, are accustomed to. It's not a quick read. It's like a rich meal that is meant to be eaten slowly and appreciated for what it is. 1000 Gifts has really helped me to focus on giving thanks to the Lord for things that I never fully appreciated before. It's a must read and will challenge you to live your life filled with grace and thanksgiving.
2. Becoming More than A Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst
I'll admit I almost didn't borrow this one from the library because I thought the title was a bit cheesy, however, it's true. I want to become more than a good Bible study girl. Doing my Christian girl duties of attending church, Bible study and serving -considering God another thing on my to-do list. This book addresses so many issues that Christian women go through and Lysa takes these on in 6 parts (Becoming More... In My Heart, In My Walk With God, In My Relationships, In My Struggles, In My Thoughts, In My Calling).
Lysa writes in conversational style... almost as if you were sitting down at the kitchen table with her. She has a great blog too.
My friend and accountability partner recommended this book to me. Here are the 10 questions the author helps you dig into as you assess yourself...
1. Do you thirst for God?
2. Are you governed increasingly by God's Word?
3. Are you more loving?
4. Are you more sensitive to God's presence?
5. Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
6. Do you delight in the bride of Christ?
7. Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?
8. Do you still grieve over sin?
9. Are you a quicker forgiver?
10. Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?
I made it through chapter 3 before my husband "stole" it. Let me just tell you... I was convicted after reading the chapter on being more loving. Loving our family and friends is a "natural" love. Most everyone can love them but are we showing Christ's love to the unlovely? Especially the unlovely in our congregation?
These two books are on my night stand and I'm looking forward to reading them...
1. Forgotten God by Frances Chan (subtitled "Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit")
This fall, I'll be in a Bible study on the book of Acts. Our study teacher and ministry director recommended that the small group leaders read this book before the ministry year begins.
Sadly, most Christians live out their days without drawing upon the power of the Holy Spirit. We were not created to merely "survive our time on the earth". In the words of the summary on the back of the book, "It's time to pursue the Spirit-filled life of effectiveness God desires and we desire." Can't wait to get into this one!
This book and teaching is a Bible study option at my church this fall. I won't be able to take the class, but I'm glad that I can at least read this book. Part 1 covers Foundations for Child rearing and part 2 is Shepherding Through the Stages of Childhood. Even though I've got this parenting thing down pat, I figured I'd browse through this (cough sputter, joke-probably will have to buy this one!). Raising kids=tough. Any additional help I can get along this journey is welcomed. Can I get an "AMEN"!
So, how about you? What have you been reading? Would love to know. Fiction, Non-Fiction... Maybe your days are spent reading "Thomas the Train" or "Elmo". I want to know that, too. Sometimes there are times when we just can't squeeze it in. All I can say is that along with my Bible, reading books like these has been so enriching and help me to refocus hearing other peoples perspective and viewpoint. I don't always agree with what each and every book I read has to say, but that only helps to build my faith by pushing me to go back to the Word to reinforce my belief.