Thursday, January 5, 2012

12 in 2012-Books for Spiritual Growth Part 1

I used to be a voracious reader.  I devoured the written word, but then I had a kid, I started homeschooling, and I got sucked into watching Bones.  Over the past couple of months though I have started reading like crazy.  It’s a trend I would like to continue.  In 2012 I have 12 books I want to read for my personal edification.  I am going to share 6 of them today, and the rest tomorrow!

1. Almost Christian by Kenda Creasy Dean

This book takes a hard look at how the Gospel has and has not impacted the youth of our nation.  Since I work with youth I think this book is important reading for my ministry.  It won’t hurt to read it as a parent!

2. Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel

I need to focus on parenting with the grace I have been freely given in mind.  I browsed this book after receiving a free copy and cannot wait to read it!!

3. Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman

Something about even possessing the courage to write this book makes me want to read Mary Beth Chapman’s story.  It is her testimony about seeing Christ in everything, even the tragic death of her 5 year old daughter.

4. The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shrier

I confess this book was not on my list at first.  It is a companion to the movie Courageous and while I know its focus is on being a Godly wife, I wasn’t interested (you can laugh now, but I think I got the wife thing down…oh, me and my prideful arrogance!).  Anyway, then I saw it was written by Priscilla Shrier, who I really admire because she is smart, sassy, and Godly.  Jeff might be glad I gave this one a go! 

5. Desiring God by John Piper

I have long admired Mr. Piper, and have been told many times to read this book.  I will in 2012. 

6.  A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot

We named our daughter after Mrs. Elliot.  I greatly admire her, and A Chance to Die is about her spiritual mentor Amy Charmichael, a missionary in India.

Are you reading something encouraging?  Convicting?  I would love to know.  Leave me a comment, and come back tomorrow to check out the rest of my 12 Books for Spiritual Growth in 2012!  

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