Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Reading That Lifts the Spirits

All of us need good uplifting and inspirational books in our lives. These books remind of us of the important truths that we are so prone to forget in the everyday rush of living. Maybe we are struggling with difficult decisions or a difficiency in our character. Maybe it's just a plain old sin problem. I like to ask others what books have helped them in their lives. Some works are truly life changing as God uses them to give direction in our lives.

If you are like me, you don't need reading material that will depress or discourage. Maybe you know you need a change. Endeavor to "set no wicked thing before your eyes." It may not necessarily be a book with foul language or explicit content, but it might not be the best thing for you at this time. Put it to the test. For one or two months read that which will encourage you in your walk with God. Ask a godly Christian friend for a few suggestions. Ask a parent for books that have helped them through the years. Ask your pastor's wife for some books on a specific topic. I believe you're notice a world of difference.

Some wonderful books:

Classics -

*The Holy Bible...perhaps starting with John, Philippians, or Genesis. This is the best choice you can make.
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard
In His Steps by Charles Sheldon
*Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
*The Musicians Quest by George MacDonald (also other novels)
Mimosa by Amy Carmichael (and other works)
*A Chance to Die: Amy Carmichael by Elizabeth Elliot
Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot (and other works)
Renewed Day by Day by AW Tozer
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Modern Works -

*Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
Daughter of China by C. Hope Flinchbaugh
Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore (Note: I do not recommend everything about her)
So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore
Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
*Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
*A Mom After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George
Sisterchicks Do the Hula by Robin Jones Gunn
Sophie's Heart by Lori Wick
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
*At Home in Mitford (Series) by Jan Karon

* These are some of my absolute favorite books. I've read them over and over again. If you're looking for something on a topic I haven't mentioned, please ask. If you have some other suggestions by all means let us know. God bless you and may you continue to "read heavenward."


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