Good Reads

I could not begin to list good reading without first mentioning the Bible. This is my all time favorite, not just because it is superb literature, but because for those who know Jesus, it is alive with the Spirit of God. It is the only book that will endure through all eternity. Each of its 66 books point to one theme: restoring fallen man back into relationship with God. It is a most precious love letter from God to His people. 

I highly recommend this book.  Careful.  It could change your life.

Here's another great read.  The Prayer Life by Andrew Murray. Sometimes I wrongly assume that reading of a topic means I have applied the concept to my life, but this book motivates me to actually pray, rather than just read of it.  

A more recent author, Holley Gerth, has motivated me beyond measure. Many books bog down in the middle and the reader can scarcely get through to the end.  But not You're Made For a God-Sized Dream. Her style of writing is engaging, with fresh material throughout. The book is based on putting faith into action through simple obedient steps, while following your God-given dream. Love, love this one. 

Speaking of dreams, this book by Charles Swindoll could not be more timely. Hope Again, subtitled, When Life Hurts and Dreams Fade. It is a commentary on the book of 1 Peter and came to me as a 'birthday surprise from the Lord'. I read it for the first time right after memorizing 1 Peter, making its meaning even fuller. This book will always hold a special place in my heart.

Last (for now), I want to mention a series of books called Quiet Places of the Heart, Meditations for Women. There are four of them, one for each season of the year. It is a compilation of noteworthy thoughts pulled from various authors such as Elizabeth Elliot, Gloria Gaither, Mother Teresa, Janette Oke, and several men. These books are a soothing balm for the soul. I often turn to them when I am discouraged or depressed. Beautifully illustrated.

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