Friday, April 26, 2013

Feeling Blue; Books & Cleverness

I don't know about you but I love to read. I can burn through a book in a few short hours but if it's one that I love I'll return to it again and again. I haven't had as much time to read in the past few months as I'd like, but I am making it a point to read at least three books per month for the rest of the year. Care to jump in the challenge with me?

Also, I've been yearning to start a book club between bloggers. Or at least a small group of us who read together and discuss. Anyone up for it? Really, I'd be all for it.

Here are some of the books I am either currently reading or are next on my list. I love that they all happened to be rather blue. Maybe that's just my mood lately.

1. Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
I loved this book the first time I read it and I'm saving it for my plane ride to Seattle at the beginning of June. It is full of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration, as well as conviction. The story of Katie Davis is unique but also transcends any distance we might feel to her scenario. She is an ordinary girl that said "Yes" to God. And that is what I want to be. I wrote about this book in an earlier post if you want to check it out :)

2. Love Does by Bob Goff
Y'all. This guy's story is incredible! He is yet another ordinary person who chose to seek God and it led him to an extraordinary life. I am halfway through this book and blown away by his eagerness to chase  after the things of God and encouraged by God's faithfulness every step of the way. This book is working its way into my list of favorites. I'll let you know how I feel when I finish it.

3.Undaunted by Christine Caine
If you've never heard Christine speak, go find yourself a podcast right now. She is a fiery woman of God who is behind the A21 Campaign which fights to end human trafficking. She is so in tune with God's heart and passion that everything she says hits me to the core. Again, I am halfway through this book but it is a powerful read. Check it out!

4. Hadassah by Tommy Tenney
One of my favorite movies is One Night With the King which is based on this book which is based on the book of Esther. It is a beautiful --though slightly embellished version-- of, you guessed it, an ordinary girl who followed God into extraordinary circumstances, and her obedience and surrender saved her entire nation. This work of historical fiction dives into her world of preparation for her one night with the king and will sweep you in by page two. I give it 4.5/5 stars!

5. Young House Love by Sherry & John Petersik
Now this is much different than all of the other books on this list. This is a lovely little guide to sprucing up your life and home on the cheap. I love a good DIY and this is full of them! It is home to easy to understand instructions and beautiful pictures. It is one of the few books I'm going to be able to take with me when I move and it is a top priority!

6. Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
This is next on my list and a companion to a Bible study I'm starting in the YouVersion Bible app. I have struggled throughout college with a near-constant desire or habit of eating. It is unhealthy and an idol in many ways in my life. I believe there is freedom to be found and this book will help point me to Jesus as my source and ultimate Trainer. We were made to crave but we were made to crave Him. Again, I'll let you know how it goes :)

What books are your favorites these days? I'd love suggestions!

10 comments:

  1. Great choices. I will need to put these on my list!

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  2. I love book clubs! I'm part of Literary Junkies, but it isn't Christian Lit https://www.facebook.com/groups/literaryjunkies/

    I'd be up for some other reading though :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I'll definitely check it out :)

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  3. I love book clubs too! :) I love some of these books on your list here! I haven't read "Love Does" or "Young House Love" yet so I am adding those to my list! Thanks so much for sharing! I am excited to have come across your blog and to be your newest follower via GFC!
    :) Rebecca
    www.caravansonnet.com

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    1. Aw, thanks girl! Glad to have you :) And Love Does will change your life!

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  4. YES BOOKS! I loved Love Does. I'd recommend "Crazy Love," "Enemies of the Heart," any Jodi Picoult book, oh the list goes on and on, girl!

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    1. I've heard such good things about Crazy Love. I'll add it to my list. And Jodi Picoult is wonderful!

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  5. Found your blog through Nicole! I LOVE reading. I could do it all day. Kisses from Katie was one of my all-time faves! I'll have to get Hadassah. Esther is one of my favorite books! Also Hadassah reminds me of the Mark of the Lion series. You should definitely read those books if you haven't already.

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    1. Thanks for saying hello! Glad to have you :) And I love Francine Rivers but I've never read those. I'll check them out!

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