In case you forgot, I love to read. Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read. Other women buy shoes; I buy books.
On My Shelf
What’s on my nightstand right now?
- The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Your Sabbath by Mark Buchanan
- The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst
- Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer by Beth Moore
- Meet the Bible: A Panorama of God’s Word in 366 Daily Readings and Reflections by Philip Yancey and Brenda Quinn
What am I learning about life and following Jesus?
- True joy comes when I welcome interruptions as an invitation to slow down and engage in a Providential assignment.
- I need to say NO to the good so that I can say YES to the best that God has for me.
- I must purpose to choose rest until I’m overwhelmed by His presence, rather than live out my days overworked and weary.
- I must die daily to selfishness. No gain without pain.
- His miracles are unraveling as we watch and pray in community. #PrayBig #ArmorOn
What are some books I regularly re-read and why?
- Daily Light on the Daily Path by Samuel Bagster
- I incorporate this thematic compilation of Scripture readings into my quiet time every morning (It’s also available online for free here.)
- The One-Year Bible by Tyndale
- I read through the Bible once a year –using a different translation every year. (It’s easy to do because it’s also available online for free in multiple translations here.)
- Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp
- This book was written for kids, but my hubby and I are “kids at heart.” We read this every year in preparation for Advent.
What books have profoundly shaped how I serve and lead others for the sake of the Gospel?
- On Being a Servant of God by Warren Wiersbe
- Becoming a Woman of Influence: Making a Lasting Impact on Others by Carol Kent
- Restoring Your Spiritual Passion by Gordon MacDonald (reprinted as Renewing Your Spiritual Passion)
What biographies or autobiographies have most influenced me and why?
- Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under God’s Control by Elisabeth Elliot
- I started keeping a spiritual journal after reading the biographical works of Elisabeth Elliot, a spiritual practice that I’ve maintained for 35 plus years. Her life taught me the importance of surrender, discipline, and resilience.
- The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
- This story showed me how faith perseveres in the darkest places. Corrie never regretted paying the price for sacrificing for others, and I am called to do the same.
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This post was inspired by a monthly series called “On My Shelf” on The Gospel Coalition blog.
I am sharing “On My Shelf?” and joining like-minded sisters at Give Me Grace, Weekend Whispers, Spiritual Sundays, Faith-Filled Friday, Blessing Counters, Essential Fridays, Live Free Thursday, Tell His Story, Coffee for Your Heart, Three-Word Wednesday, Purposeful Faith’s RaRaLinkup, Rich-Faith Rising, Testimony Tuesday, Sharing His Beauty, and Playdates with God.