Recommended Reading 2016

Hello Ladies! It’s a new year! Well it’s February already, I don’t know where this year is flying to! Well at the start of the year, we all probably set goals we wanted to achieve, things we would like to do, places we would like to go and for those of us who are bibliophiles, books we would like to get through. Due to the stress of work and big life changes I was going through last year, I found myself reading a lot less than normal. So catching up on my reading this year is a big priority. So for those of you who have similar goals, I’ve put together a list of some books I’ve read at different points in my life that have shaped me (some of them I have re-read multiple times). Hope you find time to read some of them and that you enjoy them!

 

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
New or old time believer, this book is for every Christian, for every skeptic. Expanding on Jesus’ parable of the two sons, it has challenged me profoundly and brought me back to the essence of the Christian faith — God’s prodigious grace to everyone — religious or irreligious! It’s number 1 on my list!!!

The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
The reviews of this book alone make it a must read for everyone, Christian or not. Written by the beloved CS Lewis, this satire features letters written by the demon Screwtape to his demon nephew Wormwood who is in charge of derailing a young Christian. Witty and self-revealing, it will have you reflecting inward and truly examining your self, thoughts and motivations!

Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind by Joyce Meyer
As a man thinks, so is he – Proverbs 23:7. I read this book over 10 years ago, and it made me so aware of the thoughts I was thinking. It made me question assumptions I had and taught me to hold them up to the truth of the bible. I’ve instilled some good habits since reading this book and I recommend it for anyone struggling with their thought life.

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Marriage with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller
I recommend this book and the original sermons to everyone whether single, married or divorced. I listened to the sermons years before I got married and read the book as preparation. This has been one of the most useful and practical books I have read on understanding marriage and its complexities. The section on understanding gender roles is on point!

Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Ok seriously, every Christian has to read this book. I mean I read it and it just completely opened my eyes to begin to understand the earth shattering love that God has for me and consequently what my response to that love should be. I now view and experience my relationship with God and people in a completely different way.

Galatians for You: For Reading, for Feeding, for Leading (Gods Word for You) by Timothy Keller
Yeah yeah, I know this is the third Tim Keller book I am recommending, but I identify so much with his approach to Christianity — intellectual and all about Jesus! So this study on Galatians is absolutely amazing. It’s a study and a story all at the same time. Each page is like whoa!! (I know I am getting very excited, but seriously!) Lucid and full of insight as only the Holy Spirit can bring, I recommend this for individual study or as a group.

 

Would love to hear back on your experience and thoughts reading these books!

 

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