Okay, not really on my nightstand. Because reading at night equals one thing for me. Sleep.
But these are the books I am reading. And I was encouraged to share today after reading a great blog post about the importance of feeding our souls in between Sundays. It’s good. And a wee bit convicting… in a really good way. If one of the things you want to do this year is grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Lord, this post is the perfect place to start.
What I’m reading…
The Bible. If you haven’t read it, you really need to. Really. I didn’t read through it until 2006 because somehow I convinced myself it wasn’t necessary or pertinent. What?!? If you’re a Christian and haven’t read it in it’s entirety, I challenge you to read it. It’s God’s love letter to us… we need this to know and understand the character of God. When I began, I started in John and, although I have gone through seasons where I can’t (or don’t) pick it up daily, I find that life is so much better when I start my day rooted in His Word.
The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler. I bought this because Matt Chandler is one of my most favorite preachers ever. I started it, but I have a tendency toward ADD when I’m reading something lofty – the guy has some serious insights into God – and I put this down until I have more time to devote to it specifically. It has a study guide companion and I think I’ll get that once I’m ready to pick it up again.
How Great is Our God by Jerry Bridges. Perfect reading material for me in this season. It’s a one year devotional, each day is a snippet out of a classic work by authors like J. I. Packer, John Piper, R. C. Sproul, Andrew Murray, Henry Blackaby and A. W. Tozer. I almost always read more than a day at a time, if that’s any indication. It’s good stuff.
Knowing God by J.I. Packer. This is the book I am studying alongside the women who took me up on my offer. It’s an awesome book – in a mind blowing way – and I am grateful to have the study guide and 35 other women reading it alongside me. It’s challenging, convicting, encouraging and exciting… this book is a classic for a very good reason.
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. It’s a wonderful and heartbreaking read. I’m at the heartbreaking part now and I had to take a break. It’ll stay on my nightstand until I’m done with it – a woman who can endure suffering and heartbreak and then live to reflect God’s love and forgiveness to a watching world is someone I want to emulate.
The Passion: 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came To Die by John Piper. Also available in pdf format for free. It’s just as the title states, fifty reasons why Jesus came and what His death on the cross accomplished. A simple premise but so. much. substance.
My point isn’t to make you feel like you need to go buy a bunch of books to read. But I wanted to encourage you to start somewhere. You could see what you might already have on your bookshelf. Or go to your local library. I just wanted to give y’all some ideas if this is something God has been leading you to do.
Because if God is tapping you on the shoulder, you really should answer. He has such good things for you.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
P.S. If you’re reading something – or have read something – you’d like to recommend, please do.