july . read

 

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y’all know I am a reader. and I love when someone recommends a good book to me. I want to share with you the books I have been recently reading …

(in the order that I have read / am reading them)
  1. the bible. I am not finished; this is a book cannot be finished. After all, it’s the book of books written by the Living God. With our boys before bed, we are reading with our church’s bible reading plan through the entire bible. It has been great. Sometimes it’s tough; sometimes they fall asleep while we are reading… sometimes we have trouble keeping our own eyes opened. But to read… with grace and the glory that it is, is so good. Think the elephant is too big? That’s why the bible reading plan is so helpful – we read “small bites” each night.
  2. Life Giving Home by Sally Clarkson. I am re-reading this book and am in a small group of girls with whom I meet each month; plus, I have created a Facebook group and a get together once a month on Live. (I know I missed June; we will catch up this week, Lord-willing!)
  3. True Spirituality by Francis Shaeffer. This book is a “filet mignon” of books. When I read Francis, I don’t reply; I just listen and soak in all that I can. The Lord spoke through and used mightily this man and for his work I am eternally grateful. You’ve got to get your eyes on these words. If you read them and ask the Lord to help you understand them, you will be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Praise the Lord.
  4. Ok next – These books I sort of read on top of each other, but I will try to have them in the order that I started them. One of the reasons I love to read books in pairs or even trios is because each of them sort of “speak” to the other… it’s like being in a really really good group conversation.
(((book not pictured, because I cannot find it)))—One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer. I read this book with a friend and did not expect to be blown away, but the Lord used it to speak to me particularly about a big transition Tyler and I were making, and still are making, and I am grateful to the Lord for using this book in my life to confirm the transition He called us into. Confirmation is such a comfort.
  1. Somewhere in here I started to read 7 Women by Eric Metaxes. I read it with the same lady who I read “One in a Million” with. Reading spiritual biographies is so. humbling. so convicting. and so inspiring. I want to be brave and feminine and wonderful and diligent and humble like these great woman… who did not have awesome circumstances or stellar husbands, necessarily, or who got sick and dealt with illness all of their life… but they shared Jesus mightily in their context, and were the hands and feet and heart of Jesus to all of those around them.
  2. … not a book. but we also watched the movie, Zoo Keeper’s Wife and BOOM! this movie is a winner! We left the theater asking the Lord, “Who would you want us to help save?” OH Jesus Make Us Brave!!!!!!
  3. Rooted by Banning Leibsher – not pictured, because I cannot find it. 🙂 Right after I finished One in a Million I picked this book up, thinking Banning was some dead german guy. HAH! Come to find out, He’s the pastor of Jesus Culture. again… so funny to me. So, I read it and the Lord spoke clearly to me, again confirming our transition and building me up in Him, rooting me in Him. This book spoke to me in my season of life in so many ways.
  4. Before I finished Rooted, I began The Good of Giving Up. This book is on Lent, so clearly I am a little behind the game. Only last month did I decide on my “word of the year,” which is something else I hope to share on my blog with you soon. #Lordwilling So, this book is a 100% recommend – it will rock your world in the worst way for Jesus and make you taste and see transformation in Christ, by His grace and for His glory. I want to share with you more about that, too, but again… Lord willing.
  5. Ok then as I was reading those two books, I stacked up Alive in Him by Gloria Furman. I read through her book Missional Motherhood this summer too, which is also not pictured, and I have read Word-Filled Women’s Ministry which she helped to write, and after Christianne, my sister, told me more of her story, and after learning that we are walking through Ephesians this Fall in church, I decided to read Alive in Him. I am not finished with this book, but so far, so weighty. and so good. Gloria Furman exemplifies to me so much of what I have read and been inspired towards… she is a living Christian woman who is BRAVE, who is IN CHRIST, and who is the HEART of JESUS to all of those around her. Plus, she is a writer… so YES!
  6. Unhurried Homeschooler. This is a quick read, a good conversation with a seasoned mom and homeschooler who encouraged me to be unhurried. Which honestly I needed help with way before social media and mom-worry, so having her speak to me through her book in a gracious voice was really nice. I purchased it for a friend, and as we talked about it, we agreed not everything advised in the book is for us, and that’s ok. She’s not Jesus. and her Word is not the gospel. But she is gracious, seasoned, and the book was well-worth it. I follow her on IG now 🙂
  7. Humble Roots. Also I am currently reading this book, only through part one. But let me tell you, girlfriend. IF you have read through all of this other descriptive list of good-reads, this is SUCH A GOOD ONE. She starts out and you are like, are you sure you don’t know me!? She is one of us… she is just like me. And she writes the gospel through creation and through scripture with such… humility… that it is healing and soothing and nutritious. My growing roots need this right now, and again, thank you sister-in-Christ for writing. May I be this brave one day, too.
SO that’s it for now, many of these I am through and I have another stack waiting for me. Again, I share this with you because I love when a friend shares with me a good book. Don’t feel weighed down or tipped over by this big pile of books. (Or, please, if you are also an avid reader, don’t scorn me because your pile is bigger.) The point is not the pile, short or tall. The point is …. books are life giving. You meet people, have one of the best conversations you could because they’ve actually written our and edited their thoughts, and go around the world in a way you just cannot do every day… this is only some of what a book does. In each book, a world, and in each page, so many good gifts from the Good Father. His book is the best… if any book you read, it should be His.

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