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For the Love Of Books
I fall more in love with books every day. I can’t help myself. there’s just so much wordy goodness out there. The only trouble I see with my stacks is that I lack a decent helping of fiction. If you have any good fiction recommendations, would you share them with me in the comments? (No Romance or Amish lit, please).
As this year comes to a close I thought I’d share some of the books I read over the last year, and some of the books I am looking forward to reading (or finishing) in 2014. If you’re looking for some good reading in the new year, maybe this will help.
Intimacy With The Almighty (Charles Swindoll)-A tiny but powerful book. A must-have addition to your Christian library.
The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out (Brennan Manning) I pretty much love anything by Manning, this is no exception.
Meditations on the Cross (Detriech Bonhoeffer) Powerful, transformative and deeply beautiful.
Cracking Up: A Postpartum Faith Crisis (Kimberlee Conway Ireton) A poignant memoir for any woman who’s suffered the deep struggle of postpartum depression.
The Signature of Jesus: The Call to a Life Marked by Holy Passion and Relentless Faith (Brennan Manning)Again, it’s Manning. And it’s beautiful.
Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free (Tullian Tchividjian)For a life-changing perspective, pair this book with Pastor Tullian’s podcast sermon series on the book of Job. Outstanding truth and wisdom.
Million Little Ways, A: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live (Emily Freeman) Emily’s best book to date. A profound reminder of why it is we are here. Read this.
Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys (James, Thomas) For parents of boys. Informational, and encouraging.
Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (Paul Marshall, Lele Gilbert, Nina Shea) A shocking, eye-opener to what is happening to Christians globally. A difficult, necessary book.
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Ann Voskamp) This was a 2nd time through reading for me–even better the 2nd time. Life-changing.
Epic Grace: Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot (Kurt Bubna) A humorous, honest look at one man’s journey of discovering God’s grace. I laughed and cried. A beautiful book.
The Weight of Glory (C.S. Lewis) A brilliant book on faith and life, one of my favorites by Lewis.
Awake: Doing a World of Good One Person at a Time (Noel Yeatts) An eye-opening book about social justice, and how we can all do something, when we have our eyes opened to the needs around us.
A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World (Paul Miller) a solid book on learning to live the prayerful life.
A Circle of Quiet (Madeline L’Engle) A beautiful memoir in a series. L’Engle’s writing inspires.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (William Joyce) A children’s book, but every book lover really should have this on their shelves regardless of their age. I LOVE this book.
Books To Be Read
(I have read Strengths Finder 2.0 before, and plan to read it again as a memory refresher, I plan to re-do the Strengths Finder profile and see how it shapes up compared to last time)
The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection (Modern Library Paperbacks) (Robert Farrar Capon)
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (Richard Rohr)
StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Tom rath)
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (Steven Pressfield)
The Irrational Season (The Crosswicks Journal, Book 3) (Madeline L’Engle)
Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing (L.L. Barkat)
Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life (Phileena Heuertz)
Orthodoxy (G.K. Chesterton)
Being The Body (Charles Colson)
“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.(Barbara W. Tuchman)
Tell me, what great books did you read this year? What’s on your nightstand right now?