An avid reader since I was a young girl, I have continued to enjoy reading grown up, married, and a mom. I lean heavily towards non-fiction, towards Christian-living, towards books that will preach the Gospel to me because I need it any and every way I can get it.
I just love the summer for reading, warm, sunny weather, and dripping bathing suits after fun at the pool.
This summer I am reading many different books with many different friends.
I am finishing A Chance to Die with my friend Page. (I started the book with my friend, Carolyn, and didn’t finish it – it was a lot bigger than I expected!! and Page is a girl on a mission – to follow the Lord and do with her life what He says. What inspirations and models Amy Carmichael, the book’s subject, and Elisabeth Elliot, the book’s author, are for us!)
I am reading Restless by Jennie Allen with a girlfriend, Sarah, from church. We are excited about reading together for the first time and meeting sans-kids to discuss the book. 😉
For the 3rd summer in a row, My friend, Lauren, and I are reading a book together. This summer we are reading The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand, a woman, philosopher, and self-proclaimed enemy of feminism (the number one, to be exact) and praise God for her because she’s not only anti-feminism but she is also PRO-GOSPEL. We are giddy to read this. together.
With my good friend Carolyn, who I mentioned above, and who I constantly read books with, and I are reading and going through Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore. Yes, Lord, yes. Jesus. I wrote a little bit about that here.
I plan to finish by myself Ruth Bell Graham’s biography – she’s Anne Graham Lotz’ mom, Billy Graham’s wife, and a daughter to missionaries. A life, for sure, and I have already been so humbled by what I have read so far, and I am excited to finish this book. The book is called Ruth, A Portrait: The story of Ruth Bell Graham by Patricia Cornwell.
Tyler is reading The Praying Life by Paul E. Miller, a book I recently finished and LOVED, so I am excited to talk through it with him. My mom is reading another book I recently read, One Way Love, which I also wrote a preview-blog to, and hope to one day write a thorough review. I am looking forward to discussing this book with her. Both of these mentioned books, The Praying Life, and One Way Love, were mind-changing, heart-moving, very timely books for me. I recommend them wholeheartedly to you.
There are a few other titles that, if I finish these books, I hope to start before the summer’s end. It’s all so very much by God’s grace, I just say… somehow…He gives me the time to read and He pours into me through others’ edited thoughts and writings Himself and their insight into the Christian walk, the Gospel life. I am so thankful to these authors who have disciplined themselves to write and to edit and to publish their work. I do read critically and think through what these people offer…And I am so thankful to the Lord for speaking to me His Good News through so many different means, … Remembering always that His Word is preeminent and all sufficient. I stick my nose and my whole self into His Word unhindered and without criticism. In the Word I can let His Good Word wash over me and run through me, no criticism, no holding back.
So as I read these other books, I stand stayed in His Word, deep and over my head, running through my ears and filling up my heart, drowning in His grace.
And I encourage you, the Word is the Book of books. Read, above all else, His Word.