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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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If you’re hoping to discover a few good reads this fall, take a peek behind these book covers. They are sure to edify, challenge, and encourage your heart.

I'd forgotten to breathe in life and Light in the middle of mothering, marriage, and messy life. Click To Tweet

In a year marked by personal and global change, I’ve been forced to slow down. To stop making excuses and finally consider whether or not I’m stewarding my time and body well. When I read Kelly Balarie’s new book, Rest Now: 7 Ways to Say No, Set Boundaries, and Seize Joy, it was as I though I recognized my reflection in the mirror.

I’d forgotten to breathe in life and Light in the middle of mothering, marriage, and messy life. If you can relate, you may want to pick up a copy of Balarie’s book. It is a guide for getting away with Christ and learning to rest in Him. You’ll discover how to rest in weakness, forgiveness, humility, and more.

To cultivate what is most important is to live a life of great importance. Click To Tweet

Quote: “To cultivate what is most important is to live a life of great importance. Then moments have meaning. We give ourselves permission to be where we are. When we’re with our family, we can truly be with them. And when we’re with God, we’ll really be with God.”

 

Julie Lavender has created a go-to guide for every parent, grandparent, teacher, or any other person who enjoys spending time with little ones. Whether you’re stuck inside, far from home, snuggling, or playing games, you’ll find a variety of ways to engage that special child and brighten his days with moments that will last a lifetime.

This book would be a perfect shower gift or stocking stuffer! I highly recommend it.

Favorite Idea: Go for an outside prayer walk with your child. Pray aloud, thanking God for the provision of a roof over your heads and the love of family.

 

 

 

Practicing the Power of Prayer: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life by Sam Storms was a thought-provoking year marked by personal and global change, I’ve been forced to slow down, faith-stretching book. It’s the sort of “meaty” book I’ll read again because it isn’t quickly digested. Storms brings depth to topics almost all Christians can agree on, such as prayer, while tackling more controversial subjects, like prophecy.

Whether you agree or disagree with Storms, this book is sure to challenge your views of how the Holy Spirit operates.

Fasting tenderizes our hearts to experience the presence of God. Click To Tweet

Quote: “Fasting tenderizes our hearts to experience the presence of God. It expands the capacity of our souls to hear his voice and be assured of his love and be filled with the fullness of his joy.”

 

 

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