I am in a season of reading. I have always been a reader, but I go through spurts where I can’t seem to read enough. I am reading two books right now that may just make my “Books That Have Changed My Life” list. I thought I would pass them on to you in case you have a need they might meet.
Fueled by Faith by Jennifer Kennedy Dean – I’m only on chapter five and I’ve got to be honest, it is hitting some theological truths that I don’t spend time thinking on too often. Over the last two years my faith has been attacked. This book has reminded me that “Faith is knowing that God sees what you cannot.” “Faith is future focused.” Sometimes we mistake “His will” for “His ways and become confused.” The book focuses on your faith and your prayer life and how the two work together.
If you are going through a hard time right now and just need some encouragement read You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado. You will take a walk through Joseph’s (Jacob’s son from the Bible) life and be encouraged through not only the scriptures shared, but also the modern day stories of victory through the trials.
If you are new to Christianity I want to encourage you to dig into God’s Word. Daily spend time reading the Bible. Begin in the New Testament with the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) as this is where you will find Jesus’ teachings most clearly explained. Also, find a Bible Study to be a part of either through your local church or online. For those who want to study God’s Word in a more straight-forward way check out Bible Study Fellowship or Precept Ministries International. If you are looking for more commentary and practical applications for living in your Bible Studies, I would recommend you look for ones written by Beth Moore and Pricilla Shirer.
There are tons of great Christian books available for you. Go online and search for the right one or ask a friend. The Bible will always be number one to me, but there are a hand full of books that have changed my life.
Here are my top two: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers and Loving God with All Your Mind by Elizabeth George. What are your top two?