Books for your Break

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.  Psalm 9:1-2

Give thanks, be glad, recount, exult, sing praise to the Most High! Truly our God is worthy of devotion with our minds and hearts. 

Holiday breaks can be a time filled with busyness or laziness. Above all we want you to be in God’s Word. We want to encourage you to be proactive and download a reading plan on the Bible app. Put 2-3 friends on agroup text and read the plan together saying at least one verse that stood out to you and why. Alongside that, I want to share several thought provoking and enjoyable reads with you today! 

I truly desire that this holiday season will be filled with lingering at the breakfast table to have an extra cup of coffee and sharpening conversation about what the Lord has done in us this year. I desire to give thanks to God with my whole heart. I want to be glad and praise our Most High Lord. I want my time in the Bible to happen several times throughout the day. I want to learn something new in a good book and take a nap (yes and amen!) 

These may be high hopes, because I re-heated the same cup of coffee 3 times this morning before I drank it standing up. But, I have realized in my heart and full life (not busy but full) I can easily make excuses for not taking extended time to read. A few months ago a friend asked me what book I had read lately. I shrugged saying I had too much going on. But, really my soul needs to let the dishes be, put the to do list in a realistic place, log off social media and soak up some life-giving, soul-satisfying words. My hope is to finish 2 books over Christmas…if they’re great I’ll write another book for your break for Spring break! 

For now I want to recommend 3 books that I LOVE for you to check out over your Christmas break. I have read these at least twice, and have given copies away to friends.

What the Heck am I going to Do with my Life? By Margaret Feinberg

 

I read this book when I was asking myself this exact question. The title cracks me up and Margaret Feinberg is one of my favorites. I re-read this book several years later with several girls who were about to graduate college. We’ve all seen the memes about your family members asking why you’re single or what you're going to do after graduation…this is a lovely book to get lost in to have a full heart to trust God in transitions. 

Glory Hunger By JR Vassar

JR was our pastor in NYC, and my hubby and I are blessed to call he and his family friends. Wednesday (12/9) we will do a #perchiscope with JRat 1:15 pm about the Incarnation that I hope you get to watch and pass along. This book is a MUST for your library no matter your age or season. Here is the overview: “We all want to be significant. This is natural and good—evidence of our God-given desire for meaning and purpose. However, our longing for significance can easily twist into an insatiable craving for approval, recognition, and praise. If left unchecked, this craving will enslave us.” Right?!  Buy it now. And, join us for the #perchiscope…we will be giving away 3 copies!

Jesus, Justice and Gender Roles by Kathy Keller

Do you cringe when you hear “gender role”? Same a little. But, I also want to read what people I trust and admire read in Scripture on different topics. No matter what your view is she handles the Scripture well and her insight made me want to read more. And, who knows the topic/title might create curiosity in a family member who doesn’t know God and could start a spiritual conversation. It’s been fascinating to me lately that I’ve met several people who have trusted Christ because they saw how kind He was to women in the Gospels. 

We would love for you to recommend a book for us too! If you’ve read something lately, please share.  - Amy