Does anyone else read more in the winter? I do, and I’ve had some pretty good reads that challenged me lately, so I thought I would share with you. Here’s a few titles and a brief synopsis to maybe get you started on some summer reading (I’m reading a memoir right now so hopefully that’s a little lighter summer reading than my usual! LOL)
“Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis
For me, C.S. Lewis’ books take a little bit to get into, but once I do, I’m hooked. He has such a way with words and explaining theology and the heart of God (in such creative ways as Narnia!), that one can’t help but love his books.
I finally sat down (let’s be honest, I laid down), to read Mere Christianity, probably one of his all-time most popular books. If you ever have trouble breaking down or understanding the Christian faith, Lewis really lays it out well from the meaning of the universe, what Christians believe, to behavior and the trinity. If you’re like me with Lewis, you’ll need to read a chapter or so at a time (very doable), and decipher what he is saying bit by bit. Lewis is not an author you speed-read!
Here’s one bit from the Christian behavior portion where C.S. Lewis lays out how behavior modification is not actually the gospel (love it!)…
….”A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world – and might even be more difficult to save. For mere improvement is not redemption, though redemption always improves people even here and now and will, in the end, improve them to a degree we cannot yet imagine. God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better med of old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature. Of course, once it has got its wings, it will soar over fences which could never have been jumped and thus beat the natural horse at its own game. But there may be a period, while the wings are just beginning to grow, when it cannot do so: and at that stage the lumps on the shoulders – no one could tell by looking at them that they are going to be wings – may even give it an awkward appearance.”
“The Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian
Stormie lays out chapter by chapter how we as wives do better to pray for our husbands than nag and try to change them. She expresses how much God wants to unite us with our husbands as we put Jesus first. When an issue arises in the marriage that say us as wives don’t like, she suggests we pray about it, before we even communicate our frustration or feelings to our husbands. Time after time, she shares testimonies of how it is the Holy Spirit that moves on hearts, rather than a nagging wife 😉
She covers topics such as “His Emotions”, “His Reputation”, “His Sexuality” and “His Walk”.
I think it’s a book that I will go back to time and time again as Troy and I build a life together. I was able to go through this book with a friend who has been married longer than I, which was such a gift!
“One Thousand Gifts” by Anna Voskamp
I came across A Holy Experience blog through a post a friend shared on Facebook, sometime last year. Anna is a farmer’s wife in Ontario. As a fellow Canadian, and mother of six, I thought what she had to say about making thankfulness a forefront of our lives was worth investigating.
She shares how, at an early age, she lost her sister in an accident, and how that created a distrust that God was good that followed her for much of her life. Only through digging into the Word and learning to meditate on all of God’s goodness, does Anna come to realize that in everyday life there is SO much to be grateful for.
She starts a journal in which she aims to write out 1000 Gifts and her journey of discovering how good God really is. Eucharisto, the practice of giving thanks, takes over her life and she begins to see the beauty all around her. The goodness. She gives thanks for simple things like “Boys humming hymns, laundry flapping, squeak of old swing swaying, laughter…” and so forth.
I find her to be a very poetic writer. With her descriptive rhetoric, you’ll find yourself wanting to start your own thankfulness journal!
What are you reading this summer?