Hi, friends. Some of my most becoming moments have stemmed off of moments in coffee shops or my bedroom reading. One of my goals this year is to read more, and because of my success with my 2016 post on my favorite books, I thought I would share a new updated list for 2017 if you want any suggestions.
With that, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite books right now!
The Artist’s Way- Julia Cameron
If you are looking for a creative jolt or renewal, I encourage you to pick this up. It discusses the interconnection between spirituality and creativity, and is interwoven with exercises to practice creative meditation and freedom.
Reaching Out- Henri Nouwen
I have never highlighted an entire book, but this is too good. Nouwen is one of my favorite authors of all time, and he seeks to answer the question: “What does it look like to live a life like Jesus Christ?” He responds by suggesting we dig into ourselves, reach out to fellow humans and offer ourselves up to God.
The Voice of the Heart- Chip Dodd
A dear friend recommended this book to me a while back, but I didn’t pick it up until Christmas break this past year because I was not interested in reading from a pastoral counselor. Voice of the Heart is informational and will leave you with a deeper understanding of your soul and feelings. Dodd teaches us how to begin to know our hearts so we may better know ourselves and are better equipped to live in relationship with others and, ultimately, with God.
The Screwtape Letters- C.S. Lewis
This book is an all-time favorite of mine and I recently re-read a portion of it. I had a conversation with a friend where we recognized the importance in identifying where the devil may be at work in your life instead of remaining ignorant. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging, enlightening and humorous account of temptation—and triumph over it. If you are feeling attacked spiritually, read this to see if you can identify what areas you see the enemy trying to steal your joy.
You are Special- Max Lucado
This is a children’s book that cuts deep into our desire for belonging. It tells the story of a group of wooden people who struggle with identifying themselves by successes and failures until one of the Wemmicks stumbles into his maker’s workshop for a reminder of his identity.
The Weight of Glory- C.S. Lewis
Clearly, I have been on a C.S. Lewis kick. This book is a compilation of some of his most famous sermons. It touches on what it looks like to live for heaven and how, as wanting humans, we are to live on earth while waiting for the fullness of glory.