O, the joys of summer! This home schooling mom’s schedule loosens up. Summer means more time for reading. When I was a kid, I loved riding the bus downtown to the library. I’d devour an armload of books each week and go back for more. I don’t read as much today as I did in Middle School, but I still love it.
Do you have a summer reading list?
Here are 3 Christian books that helped me grow this past year:
Every Day Deserves a Chance by Max Lucado
God used this book last fall when a stressful season left me with a whiny attitude. Every Day Deserves a Chance encouraged me to thank God for each 24 hour gift of life. Lucado says that good lives are built on the daily decision to believe that today can be a good day, even when things go wrong. How do we do that? “Saturate each day with God’s grace, trust your day to His oversight, and look for His guidance.” I loved the “Day Lifters,” short devotionals at the end of each chapter.
Let. It. Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith by Karen Ehman
I read Let. It. Go. because my control queen nature gets the best of me sometimes. A great story teller who will make you laugh, Karen also packs a spiritual punch with a profound message. The book explores “Why We Women Love to Run the Show” and discusses our attempts to control our homes, husbands, families, and life circumstances. This book challenged me to keep letting God take the reins and to gracefully accept the circumstances He allows in my life.
What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst
This spring I felt God nudge me to do something to cultivate my spiritual growth, so I read this book along with a Proverbs 31 online Bible study. I’m glad I did. The book addresses any woman seeking to live a victorious Christian life, as well as women who struggle to believe a specific ministry goal or dream God has placed in their hearts. Lysa draws parallels between our faith journey and Israel’s journey to the Promised Land. She shares her own faith struggles related to adopting two Liberian teens and becoming a published author and speaker. The brief Bible studies at the end of each chapter challenged me to get into God’s Word.
What’s next on my Reading List?
The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller
I’m looking forward to joining Proverbs 31’s next online Bible study based on this book. I admire Suzie Eller’s heart and her vision to help women learn how to move forward and make progress towards receiving the healing and freedom that Jesus came to give. Her watchword is “Your past shapes you, but it doesn’t define you.”
I want to learn to live more freely and to receive the wholeness God wants to bring to my heart. What about you? Want to join me? If you’re seeking to recover from big hurts or smaller knocks and bumps, God wants to do a work in your heart too. Check out this link to join the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study beginning June 22 with The Mended Heart. Including videos and devotionals, the study is free once you buy the book.
Now it’s your turn: Have you read a good book lately? What do you want to read next? Any chance you might join me in #TheMendedHeart study?