Here’s a list of a few of my recent reads, including a few favorite passages from each. I’d love to hear about what you are reading!
“Let us realize that we can only fulfill our calling to bear much fruit by praying much. In Christ are hidden all the treasures that the people around us need. In Him, all God’s children are blessed with all spiritual blessings. He is full of grace and truth. But, prayer, much prayer, strong believing prayer, is needed to bring about these blessings. And let us equally remember that we cannot appropriate the promise without first living a life given up for men. Many try to take the promise and then look around for what they can ask. This is not the way, but the very opposite. Get the heart burdened with the need of souls, and the command and power to save them will come to claim the promise.”
“You are the branch. — You need be nothing more. You need not for one single moment of the day take upon you the responsibility of the Vine. You need not leave the place of entire dependence and unbounded confidence.”
In the past month, my infatuation with books of all shapes, sizes, and topics has exploded.
Below are recent reads. One of my best friends, Ashton, and I, love to trade book titles with each other. With this post, I invite you into the trading game!
- Cold Tangerines, Shauna Niequist
- Choosing Joy, Kay Warren
- Gift From The Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- Imagine Heaven, John Burke
- Lean On Me, Anne Marie Miller
- Giddy Up, Eunice, Sophie Hudson
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero
- Perfectly Unique: Praising God From Head to Foot, Annie Downs
- None Like Him, Jen Wilkin
- Wild and Free, Jess Connolly + Hayley Morgan
On my to-read list are:
Clue me in to your favorite reads!
In this book, Dietrich Bonhoeffer challenges everyone to look up. To shift our gaze from constantly changing circumstances and events on this earth. He invites the reader to look up, to wait for God to break through and be near.
“And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly…. God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.”
He reminds the reader that God is with us. He describes the reality of the gift of Jesus being born, of him being made human. The reality that God in human form came to earth to walk among the human race, to share love and compassion and teaching, and ultimately save.
He mentions the mercy and humility and divine power of a God to be low in a manger. It’s beautiful.