” God sees when we reach out for answers.
Sometimes, He brings us help between the pages of a book.
What are the books that speak to you? “
hen I read this, I knew I had to jump in and write. I am so amazed at how God works . . . a book is put in my hands just at the right time. I will say, first of all, no book is a “must read” book other than God’s Word. But God definitely uses authors and books to help us with our walks in life, and with the “fluff” books to get our minds in a different mindset at least for a short time. I love books that help me understand Him and His Word.
I read a lot . . . have since I was a kid. And now I do many book reviews and I also participate at Paper Back Swap (also for hardcovers) so I really do not pay much for books! So here’s just a few that stand out in my mind that came at the right season in my life. I like how Bonnie of Faith Barista puts it . . . “I found soul rest in books.“
Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul is a book I first read several years ago and was a life changing book for me. This is one book I believe every Christian woman should read and moms should encourage their adult daughters to read. There is so much to put my finger on in this book and it will hit each woman differently where they are at.
“Girls’ hearts flourish in homes where they are seen and invited to become ever more themselves. Parents who enjoy their daughters aer giving them and the world a great gift. Mothers in particular have the opportunity to offer encouragement to their daughters by inviting them into their feminine world and by treasuring their daughter’s unique beauty.“
Shame Lifter: Replacing Your Fears and Tears with Forgiveness, Truth, and Hopeis one of those books God plopped in my lap. I had been at a ladies Bible study and the leader spoke of “shame”. It’s a word I heard often growing up and as soon as I heard the word, it rivetted through me. Ugg. It was a nasty word. And then, the next day, one of the publishers I review asked if I would review this book. I could relate to so much, found healing, found forgiveness and gave forgiveness.
“Toxic shame gives you a sense of worthlessness,
a sense of failing and falling short as a human being.”
” . . . toxic shame lingers and eventually becomes a part of who you are
and what you do and don’t do.
It paralyzes you so you don’t think you can move on.”
“A shame lifter gives grace to the disgraced.”
“We deny Jesus every time we disregard His truth and put ourselves down. That hurts us. We deny Him every time we fail to see our value in Him. That hurts us. We deny Him every time we continue to hang on to our self-condemning thoughts and lies. That hurts us too. And then, it’s as if Jesus turns and looks straight at us with His eyes of love and compassion, and something dawns on us. We have, in a sense, denied our Lord Jesus, and I wonder if that hurts Him.”
The interesting thing how God worked even further with this book, is I shared it with the Bible study leader that first mentioned that word “shame”. She read it and also has done studies with this book now, helping other women as well.
A book I recently read and reviewed that am sure will be one of my top five of this year is, Lazarus Awakening, by JoAnna Weaver. This is another one of those books I am sure I will want to reread and encourage others to read. I am sure it will hit each person differently, where God needs to!
If you read my blog on a regular basis, you will know I participate with “Multitude Monday – One Thousand Gifts” and speak of one of the best Christian bloggers, Ann Voskamp, so of course, her book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are is an amazing book. Having met Ann in person I can tell you her book reflects the way she really talks. She is a deep caring person and has such a love desire for God and her family. This book is wonderful!
When I Lay My Isaac Down: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances I read shortly after my son’s death and though the author’s son did not die, the emotions and finding a new normal in a life altering circumstance were very similar. The author, Carol Kent has endured going through the news of her son killing his wife’s ex-husband and being sentenced to life in prison. I’ve also been able to give it to friends who have had prodigal sons, including one spending time in jail. This book is a heart healer for moms especially.
Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hopeby MaryBeth Chapman was another similar book, but in many ways moreso since the Chapman’s daughter was killed tragically on their driveway. What I appreciated most about this book, was the rawness of sharing her emotions that was very reflective of what we went through.
Any books by John Piper rate at the top for me, but the one that sticks out the most is Desiring God.
If you are looking for life like missionary stories without out the glamor, but realness, Red Ink by Kathi Macias and City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell are books that are so hard to put down. It really gave me a whole new look at missions and what dedicated lives for Jesus missionaries devote to.
Absolutely last, but not least is God’s Word. I’ve enjoyed reading The Women of Faith Message Biblealong with the ESV Version which I got for Christmas.
What are some of your favorite books? Do you have some that you reread and ones you recommend on a continual basis? Share!