I was gifted this Bible when I first accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I had no idea initially how impactful it would be to my walk. The way this particular Bible is structured, allows you to read the entire Bible (Genesis to Revelation) in a year. Prior to receiving this, I’d never read the Bible for myself so I was extremely intimidated by what I always thought was just a massive collection of words. What I found in reading this Bible was that the daily readings are digestible and help tremendously with providing context for which events occur. I’ve been reading this bible each year for almost 7 years.
I read this in my last semester of graduate school. That final stretch was challenging. Oddly enough I entertained the idea of giving up more in the last semester than I did in the previous semesters. Man’s Search for Meaning was an incredible distraction for me. As a learned and professionally successful man, Viktor E. Frankl found himself in the unlikeliest situation- a prisoner in 4 different Nazi camps. Initially having no confirmation as to whether his family (which included his pregnant wife) were alive or dead, his curiosity and observance of human behavior provided the hope he needed to make it through each day. He lived in constant threat of death. Whether it was at the hands of the Nazi soldiers, freezing, or starving to death. This book is full of quotes that breathe life such as: “Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.”
At a time when I was loathing in self-pity, this book helped me to put things back into perspective.
My mentor (the same person who gifted me the Bible) suggested that read this book. I was humbled by Stormie Omaritian’s confession in the foreword about a time in her life where she was hyper-aware of her husband’s flaws yet the Lord was pressing her to acknowledge her own flaws. The content in this book is relatable and practical. I especially enjoyed the prayers at the end of the chapters. At the point in which I read this book, I was insecure about praying out loud. One thing I definitely gained was a simplified perspective of prayer. Stormie’s prayers are so honest and personable with God. I remember thinking, “I can do this!”
The Wounded Healer was assigned reading for one of my classes in Grad School. This reading came at the perfect time during that season. I was feeling a sense of inadequacy with regard to being a counselor and wondering if I was wasting my time. Henri Nouwen essentially helped me to see how ill-equipped all of us are in our own might to console the soul of another however, it is the acknowledgement or understanding of this that ironically makes us perfect for the task. He pointed to our human-ness as the ultimate source for our ability to connect with one another. This removes preconceived notions or judgements, the inclination to dish out advice, or any tendency to compare. With all of these things off the table, as we sit with others who are suffering- from the depths of our own suffering, we are able to just BE with them.
You wanna talk about a book that ROCKED my world? This is it! Screwtape Letters is unique in that it is essentially written from the standpoint of the devil. I was uncomfortable and angry the entire time reading this book. This was not a bad thing. It certainly increased my awareness of the subtle ways in which the enemy works. This is one of those books where you’ll just have to read it for yourself. This easily one of the best books I’ve EVER read! In fact, I’ve read it several times.
I didn’t know what to expect when I purchased this book. I’m a geek for learning people’s journey to Christ. In this book, Nabeel chronicles the long and painful process of ultimately accepting Christ. While his story in and of itself was riveting, the bonus for me was receiving an in-depth apologetics lesson. Anyone who knows me knows how important it is for me to know why I believe. This book rounded out my understanding of many components of Christianity and contextual meanings behind certain scriptures and events. I think EVERYONE should read this book!
The older I get the more introverted I feel. Yet there are still many aspects of true introverts I am unable to relate to. Susan Cain did a wonderful job of debunking myths about introverts and painting a more accurate picture of the world as experienced by an introvert. Reading this book helped to reshape the way in which I view introverts. I now have a greater appreciation for their moments of reservation something I previously observed as passivity.
This should not come as a surprise at this point :)! Yep, total junkie for learning and knowing the history of the Bible and Christianity. This book is thick as I don’t know what but filled with so much awesomely rich information. Another must read!
In reading this book, I instantly resonated with the concept of us all being bent to receive love in varying ways. It just made sense! What was even more profound for me was realizing the impact of my upbringing on my love languages. I’m less concerned about words because they were used as weapons during my adolescence. Rather, I am more inclined to determine how a person loves me based on their actions. I’ll let you read the book to find out what my love languages are 🙂
Ok… anyone who knows me, knows that I am an authenticity junkie! I was truly impressed with Sarah’s transparency and vulnerability in this book. It takes great courage to share the details of our lives that do not paint us in the best light. But she went there! I became such a fan of hers after reading her book. This is a must read for sure!