Reading has been a great way to pass some of these cold winter evenings, as well as time spent waiting through piano lessons and after-school art class! At this rate, I’ll be done with my reading list for 2011 in short order!
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer was another quick read. However, when the first paragraph contained a word which I didn’t know the meaning of, I knew I was in trouble! Just when I had decided to skim through the book and be done with it, I found chapters nine and ten to be the best of all. Chapter nine addressed the sin of pride or self-love (something I seem to struggle with often) by dealing with meekness. Chapter ten reminded me that there’s no distinction between the secular and the sacred; our every day tasks, like laundry and cooking, can be gifts to God if done in an attitude of service.
I skipped ahead on my list and read The Generosity Factor by Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy. This was another short book that’s written as a parable. It teaches, in story form, that life is a gift and we should look for every opportunity we can to give back to God and others through sharing our time, talent, treasure and touch. I was reading this book the same day that I published my post on generosity, so I was doubly challenged to think of more ways in which I can give to others.
I also found a book that is now classified as one of my all-time favorites. It was not on my reading list, but was suggested to me by Deanna at The Story of Us. Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss is written in a journal format and covers a woman’s life from the age of sixteen forward. The honesty expressed as she confronts her sins (including pride!) spoke directly to my heart. As she matures, her love for Christ becomes more real. To see her growth as her relationship with Him deepens through joys and trials is truly remarkable. This is a book that I will read again and again; I think there’s so much to be learned from it and I highly recommend it.
Is there a particular book that has strengthened you in your spiritual walk? Maybe I’ll find another favorite!