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Spring arrives late in the Colorado Rockies but I recognize the early signs. Songbirds perch among the bare branches of weary-looking trees and the late snows are heavy with moisture.

I’m eager to see the brightness of the season in full-bloom. To behold its beauty.

In the same way, I’ve longed to know more of God this year. To learn about His goodness, character, and personality.

Several of the books I’ve been reading have enriched my understanding. Maybe they will pique your interest, as well.

 

The first is Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion by Anne Graham Lotz. With a wealth of Biblical knowledge and beautifully written words, Mrs. Lotz writes about the third person of the Trinity within the context of seven specific roles. These include Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counsellor, Strengthener, and Standby.

Sharing personal stories of her family life, battle with cancer, and widowhood, Anne shares how she has learned to trust and rely upon the Holy Spirit and invites readers to do the same. Humble and authentic, Mrs. Lotz reaches through the pages of the book as if she is a friend sitting with the reader at the kitchen table in deep discussion about a growing area of faith in her life.

Favorite quote: “As I reflected on what it means to know God, I thought of those in the Bible who knew Him and I decided I wanted to Him as they did.”

 

I’m not quite finished reading Letters to the Church by Francis Chan, however, it has gripped me enough that I have re-read some of the earlier chapters.

Having planted and led a mega-church, Mr. Chan reveals his heart for pastors and the community while exploring what he considers problems in the church. While I don’t agree with everything the author writes, he seems to share with honest conviction and some takeaways include the following:

  • believers must expect suffering
  • unity within the church is paramount
  • the focus on numbers within the church is misguided
  • Christians are meant to be spirit-filled or filled with the love of Christ

Favorite quote: “I am telling the Lord I don’t want to just be kind. I want the kindness only the Holy Spirit can produce.”

With Easter around the corner, it’s the perfect time to pick up a copy of Jill Roman Lord’s new book, Dream Big, My Precious One. This book is a delightful rhyming read that encourages young children to explore and imagine all of the ways they might fulfill God’s plans for their lives. Both boys and girls are highlighted throughout the illustrations as children consider a variety of exciting grown-up “dreams” including those focused on arts, sciences, faith, and more.

Children will want to read Dream Big again and again while homeschool parents and early education teachers will find it the perfect addition to a unit about Community Helpers or Careers.

A prolific children’s author, Jill Roman Lord has written another beautiful book for children. You can find more of her books here.

I am looking for a few recommendations for April. I’d love to know what you have on your bookshelf!

Peace and grace,

Tammy

P. S. I often linkup with these other wonderful bloggers.

Mondays   InstaEncouragementsMandy and MicheleKingdom Bloggers,

Tuesdays RaRa Linkup /GraceFull Tuesday / Tell His Story/Anchored Abode,

Wednesdays   Worth Beyond RubiesRecharge Wednesday Welcome Wednesday /LetsHave Coffee/

Thursdays Heart Encouragement  /  Tune In Thursday  /Salt and Light /  Five Minute Friday

Friday Faith on Fire, Blogger Voices Network, Grace and Truth Linkup

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Winter and books go together like praise and worship. I can’t seem to enjoy one without the other. Maybe because the world continues to reel from the pandemic, political upheaval, and unrest, I’ve longed for books that encourage and exhort me spiritually. This month’s reads have done both.

Winter and books go together like praise and worship. I can’t seem to enjoy one without the other. #bookreview #christiannonfiction Click To Tweet

Perhaps you, too, will be stretched and inspired by the books I mention in this post.

 

Abby McDonald’s book grabbed me from the first sentence. It reads, “My husband has an uncanny ability to notice people others don’t.”  Shift: Changing Our Focus to See the Presence of God is a book about perspective. It’s about choosing to live from a place of eternal hope even in the midst of hard-edged life.

Tackling the challenge of trials from a Biblical standpoint, the author addresses such difficult problems as unanswered prayer and seeing the world through the legalist’s prism. Abby invites women into her own life as well as the lives of others who have struggled to see God in the dark places of struggle.

I’m new to Abby’s reading circle but I plan to stay. This book is a wonderful, timely read. You may want buy an extra (or two) to share with a friend.

Favorite quote:...everything we say, do, or achieve in this life either contributes to the temporary realm or the eternal realm.#fromthebookshelf #shiftbookreview Click To Tweet

 

Prolific author, speaker, and president of Right to the Heart Ministries, Linda Evans Shepherd has written another go-to book, Praying Through Every Emotion: Experiencing God’s Peace No Matter What. Linda’s powerful and insightful prayers are written to engage the reader across a variety of emotions including those that are celebrated–such as blessedness and joy–to the more difficult emotional responses with which we all struggle like guilt, strife, or trust. She digs even deeper by including prayers that take on the emotions of shame, suicidality, and disillusionment.

Each scripture-based prayer is adjacent to a series of Bible verses aligned to that specific heavenly appeal.

This book is for anyone who is struggling to manage the drama and trauma of 2020 and its twin sister, 2021. It would be a thoughtful gift for the grieving, fearful, or uncertain–which may include most of us this year.

This book is for anyone who is struggling to manage the drama and trauma of 2020 and its twin sister, 2021--which may include most of us this year. #LindaShepherd #booksaboutprayer Click To Tweet

Favorite quote: “When I look to You, the darkness flees and hope lights my way.”

Spiritual Intelligence: The Art of Thinking Like God stretched the way I view daily life. It forced me to consider whether or not a Christian can develop spiritual intelligence in the same way one might grow her emotional quotient or intellectual capacity.

Pastor Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church writes, “The reason we don’t tap into the wisdom of the age to come is because we settle for the wisdom of the age we live in.  Instead of doing the “reasonable thing,” you press into prayer and ask God…”

Not the typical publication on an evangelical Christian’s reading list, this book may require another read. I’ve underlined statements that stirred my heart and placed large question marks by claims or scriptural interpretations I’d like to investigate further. Spiritual Intelligence encouraged me to consider areas of my faith that I hadn’t before and to pursue those God continues to develop.

Favorite quote: “So many Christians live reactively from earth toward heaven, instead of living from heaven toward earth.”

 

I’d love to know what you have on your bookshelf right now. What are your latest recommendations? I may need to include them in my next round of reviews.

 

Peace and grace,

Tammy

P. S. I often linkup with these other wonderful bloggers.

Mondays   InstaEncouragementsMandy and MicheleKingdom Bloggers,

Tuesdays RaRa Linkup /GraceFull Tuesday / Tell His Story/Anchored Abode,

Wednesdays   Worth Beyond RubiesRecharge Wednesday Welcome Wednesday /LetsHave Coffee/

Thursdays Heart Encouragement  /  Tune In Thursday  /Salt and Light /  Five Minute Friday

Friday Faith on Fire, Blogger Voices Network, Grace and Truth Linkup

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This month I’ve been in a wonderful reading frenzy and have several nonfiction Christian books to recommend. I’ve ventured into a couple of others, but I’m not far enough along to share yet. Maybe you’ll find a few to add to your reading list as we move into chilly autumn days.

 

 

“Jesus knows where you’ve hidden your pain.” Author and pastor John Chasteen gets straight to the point and penetrates deep.

His book, Half the Battle, Healing the Hidden Hurts, challenges the reader to examine the wound festering inside. The one tucked safely away. The one sequestered in the dark places where it’s coddled and protected.

Whether our battle wounds resulted from a slanderous friend, abusive childhood, or painful divorce, Chasteen urges his readers to give Christ the worst of the pain in order to access the “stench behind the stone”.

Rich with both Old and New Testament references and a leader’s guide, this short book is both memorable and practical.

 

 

I wish this book had been available when I sported mall bangs and bangles on my wrists. A neighbor might have quietly slipped this book into my mother’s giant, 1980’s bag. This book might have made a difference then.

It certainly will now.

Charlene D. Quint has written a powerful, frank, in-depth book entitled Overcoming the Narcissist, Sociopath, Psychopath, and Other Domestic Abusers. Why is this book necessary? As the author notes, “In addition to rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, studies show that approximately 40 percent of women report verbal abuse, emotional violence, or coercive control by an intimate partner.”

 

 

...studies show that approximately 40 percent of women report verbal abuse, emotional violence, or coercive control by an intimate partner. #stop domestic violence Click To Tweet

Chapters cover such difficult topics as spiritual abuse, extramarital affairs, and divorce. Charlene, attorney and survivor, also shares how and why victims of abuse should create a safety plan, provides a multi-faceted response to the question, Why does she stay? and provides startling information about the impact of domestic violence on children.

This book would be a great resource to individuals who are living with domestic abusers, those who have survived domestic violence, counselors, therapists, and church leaders. Perhaps a neighbor you know needs this book. Maybe you do.

Note: Direct quotes from some people do include profanity.


Bend: When Life Dares You to Break, is an uplifting read penned by former journalist and author, Beth Lueders. Gathering the stories of people who survived despite incredible circumstances, Bend provides hope in a world that aches for it.

Pieced together in a fresh, easily digestible format, Bend is a collection of narratives from people around the globe and various faiths. Leuders does offer her own view of how God interceded on behalf of each person and suggests the reader consider the way in which each situation might impact his or her life.

If you’re searching for encouragement and poetic loveliness during this challenging time, Bend may be the book you’ve been waiting to discover.

Order author-signed copies of Bend directly from Beth at BethLueders.com.

 

Peace and grace,

Tammy

 

I often link-up with the following wonderful bloggers:

Mondays   InstaEncouragements Mandy and MicheleKingdom Bloggers,

Tuesdays RaRa Linkup /GraceFull Tuesday / Tell His Story/Anchored Abode,

Wednesdays   Worth Beyond RubiesRecharge Wednesday Welcome Wednesday /LetsHave Coffee/

Thursdays Heart Encouragement  /  Tune In Thursday  /Salt and Light /  Five Minute Friday

Friday Faith on Fire, Blogger Voices Network, Grace and Truth Linkup

 

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