I pray you guys are warm and camped out in front of the fire! I thought I’d shoot some fabulous book ideas your way as an alternative to Netflix.
Most of these I have not read yet, they are just on my list. (And yes, I keep a running list in the back of my planner like all nerds do.)
Lately I’ve been pursuing some inspirational words on developing and breaking habits, so hopefully you will benefit from these as well. To stretch myself, I always like to include a couple classics that you may not have read either.
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Letters to the Church by Francis Chan
This book is on the top of my list of 2019 reads. Francis Chan (of Crazy Love fame) is known for his words of truth. He speaks of how the New Testament church was born and its original purpose and examines how today’s church lines up with the Bible.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
All families are dysfunctional, with their own quirks and craziness. Smith’s story of the Nolan family at the turn of the century is considered an American classic.
The Scars that Have Shaped Me by Vaneetha Rendall Risner
If you or someone you love suffers from an ongoing illness or chronic pain, this book is for you. The author tells how and why God meets us in suffering.
The Brain Maker by David Permutter, MD
Your gut is the driver of all of your health!! Your diet also determines your emotional health. This book is a cutting edge game changer.
About My Mother by Peggy Rowe
I am a big fan of Mike Rowe. Over the years I’ve heard him read emails from his mother, and I’m always blown away with her ability to craft words. I can’t wait to read this one.
Irresistible Faith by Scott Sauls
Just the title alone has me intrigued. Just like the song, “they will know we are Christians by our love”, I long for my life to be a billboard for Jesus.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
An American classic, Steinbeck explores the ongoing battle between good and evil. Every generation much choose for itself the path of good, or or evil.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
There’s so much ‘shtuff’ in our lives. Ugh. This book will help the reader create a ‘more selective criteria for what is essential’. Can’t wait.
The Rock that is Higher by Madeleine L’Engle
L’Engle wrote this book as she was recovering from a terrible car accident. She dives into the deep truths of the Christian faith with her incredible stories while positioning fiction as another vessel of truth.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
I’m a sucker for historical fiction, strong women characters, and World War II. This work has them all. Set in both WWI and WWII, several unlikely women are drawn into a network of spies to fight the Germans.
Depression: Looking up from the Stubborn Darkness by Edward T. Welch
If you or someone you love suffers from depression, this is the absolute BEST book to help you understand where they are coming from. Written from a Christian perspective, it completely changed how I deal with depression in my family.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
I read recently that you only need enough self discipline in your life to set up a good habit. Habits are double edged, they can either make or break you. I’m digging into this book as quickly as possible!
So there you go! Lots of choices to make yourself better, or just escape for a bit on these cold days.