Books, books and more books!
This one goes out to all my reading friends out there. If you, like me, know the beauty of getting lost in a good story and losing track of the world around you for a while, then have I got some books suggestions for you! Here are a few that really changed something in my heart and made me see the world or God (usually both) differently. The more clearly you see God, the more amazing this life becomes simply because He's amazing.
Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot - For all of you struggling to figure out how to keep your love life under God's control and not let it ruin you, this is a great story of two people who were crazy about each other, but wanted God to be first in their lives. In sharing her own life and struggles, Elisabeth Elliot addresses the big questions of whether or not to marry, who might be the right one, how to stay sexually pure when you're crazy about someone, and fighting to keep your commitment to Christ the priority instead of romance. It's a great read whether you're currently dating, wish you were, or aren't quite sure where you stand on all that guy stuff.
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew- A true story about a guy who has lived a life of faith few people ever attain. I was blown away by what God did, and continues to do, in Brother Andrew's life simply because he has chosen to walk by faith and take God at His word. Here's a man who regularly puts his life on the line to share the truth with people who don't know it, and trusts God to do the impossible and save him from anyone who would get in the way. This book has been a faith builder for me.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom - Another true story (because God writes the best stories) of a Dutch family who stepped up during Hitler's reign and hid Jews in their home, helping them get away from those who wanted to kill them and into safety. Their lives, and how they reacted to what happened, continue to challenge me whenever I feel that life is unfair or that God is making things too difficult for me. It's a beautiful reminder that this world is a mess and people are wicked, but God is always good, even in the worst of times.
Mister God, This Is Anna by Fynn - This one had me bawling my eyes out at the end, but oh man it was worth it! It's the true story of a little girl who was rescued from the streets of London when she was 4 and the impact her life and faith had on the people around her. I re-read this book every couple of years because Anna seemed to know instinctively some things about God that I tend to forget. Like the fact that He loves everyone equally and sees the beauty in even the worst of us. And that going to church doesn't make anyone a Christian, it's our relationship with God that does that. This one will shake you up a bit and make you rethink some things you thought were biblical but maybe they're just cultural or church rituals.
I could keep going but I think I'll stop for now and not overload anyone. If you're anything like me, you're probably in the middle of five different books at any given time, so if you're keeping a list of good books to check out, add these and then let me know what you thought of them after you read them.
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