I LOVE to read. I don’t have enough time and have admittedly spent more time in “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and “Uni the Unicorn” the last four years than anything else, but I still try to squeeze in time now and then.
I wanted to start sharing some of my favorite books, the ones I feel have honestly taken part in shaping my soul and my faith. I would love to hear in the comments some of your favorite “soul shaping” books: I am always looking for new recommendations. Here are three of mine:
Father Elijah, By Michael O’Brien (Fiction)
My pastor recommended this author and two of his books when I was really sick. It took all I had to read them, but slowly they became my all time favorite books (I’ll share the other one next time). “Father Elijah” is a Priest who is tasked by the Vatican with calling a powerful world leader believed to the antichrist to repentance. I could never in a million years describe this book in a way the fulfills it’s depth or richness. Read it and you’ll see.
“Of course it’s not right. The Cross isn’t right. But our Lord took it and turned it into the great sign that the devil hates above all other signs. Each time we accept to bear that cross and be nailed to it, believing against all believing- when it’s impossible any longer to believe because of our pain- that’s when we defeat him. By the blood of the Lamb!”
-Father Elijah pg 107
Morning and Evening, By Charles Spurgeon (Devotional)
I have never been able to read a “devotional” during my devotional time; I have always stuck with reading my bible. BUT. This book I have added onto my bible reading and it is rich in the Word and wisdom. Every day of the year has a small but powerful devotional for the morning and evening. Spurgeon bases every one off of a piece of scripture. It is convicting and full of worship and promise and challenge, and a great addition to Bible Reading.
“Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in Heaven.-Lamentations 3:41
The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very salutary lesson for proud people like us. If God gave us favors without constrain gin us to pray for them, we would never know how poor we are, but a true prayer is an inventory of wants, a catalog of necessities, a revelation of hidden poverty.”
-Morning and Evening October 11
The Pilgrim’s Progress, By John Bunyan (Fiction)
Bunyan’s novel follows “Christian” in his pilgrimage to the Celestial City. He covers a life time of what it costs and the reward of being a Christian in the most profound way. This is a classic we all should read.
(Speaking about Jesus)
“He has two Natures in one person, plain to be distinguished, impossible to be divided. Unto each of these Natures a Righteousness belongeth, and each righteousness is essential to that Nature. So that one may as easily cause the Nature to be extinct, as to separate its Justice or Righteousness from it. Of these Righteousnesses therefore, we are not made partakers, for as that they, any of them, should be put upon su that we might be made just, and live thereby.”
-The Pilgrim’s Progress, pg. 211
What are some of your favorite books?
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