I know it’s almost impossible some days to carve out a few minutes to read a real book or a digital one, without distractions, but I promise it’s worth it, even if you can only do it on a weekly basis. It’s good to fill your soul and to remember that you’re not alone…
Is there a soul-filler-upper book you can’t put down and you think I should give it a try?
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Dirty Faith: Bringing the Love of Christ to the Least of These, by David Z. Nowell
If you’ve been searching for a book that will absolutely convict you about the powerful, unending need to create, sustain, or sponsor outreach programs or ministry opportunities in our very broken world, this book is going to take you down to your knees. As the Church, as Christians, as simple souls in a very broken world, it is undeniably our responsibility and commanded role as Jesus-followers to bring love and compassion to God’s most neglected, overlooked, and underserved children of all ages. We cannot turn away from the insatiable appetite that the ugliness and evil of the world is spreading into the most vulnerable of us. If Jesus walked into it, the truest example of living a life in “Dirty Faith,” then we must walk into it, get dirty, and lead His Love into the hearts of those stuck in dirty lives. A MUST-READ for every church, mission committee, teacher, anyone who daily walks alongside the hurt and broken. Oh yeah, that includes you.
One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp
Oh my. A book that was too brutally heartbreaking to continue sometimes, and yet compelling enough to force me to push through the vivid images Ann Voskamp describes, to dig deep and read hard about finding gratitude in every single thing in life – stars hung in the sky, horrifying death of a loved one, exhaled breath on a frigid wintry night… One of the few books I’ve read in recent years where I absolutely needed quiet to read intentionally and thought-provokingly, to absorb the Truth within each chapter. So, so good. And one I will absolutely read again.
Anything: the Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul,
by Jennie Allen
Yes, so this little gem arrived at a time when I truly needed it, so I’d certainly say that it wasn’t just a coincidence that the questions in my life were swirling in my head and heart about God’s call for my future in His service. It was so very good to read of Jennie’s similar place in her life’s journey to be open to God’s desire for more of her devoted to more of Him, and less to herself. So, so good and so freeing to not only feel less alone, but to know that God’s voice is truly in and on and through our lives, if we open ourselves to Him. Check this one out – and I’ll certainly be re-reading it and looking for Jennie’s other books and Bible studies!
On my to-read list…
Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care, by Tony Merida & Rick Morton
Know Orphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology, by Rick Morton
It’s Not What You Think: Why Christianity is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die, by Jefferson Bethke
The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning
I read this one about a decade ago and loved it – time for a re-read!
The Wisdom of Tenderness: What Happens When God’s Fierce Mercy Transforms Our Lives, by Brennan Manning
The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas, by Ann Voskamp
Jesus > Religion: Why He is So Much Better than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough, by Jefferson Bethke