Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Reading

Seven by Jen Hatmaker. This book could use a post of it's own, but since my sister is better with words, read her post on this book here. This book has made me question so much about my lifestyle as a Christian and convicted me on so many levels...What am I doing to reach the lost? How am I being the hands and feet of Jesus? Do I look just like every other American consumer? Many more questions flooded my mind as I read the book and now I have to figure out what to do with all my thoughts. The book is the story of her fasting in 7 different areas in her life. 

"If a fast doesn't include any sacrifices, then it's not a fast. The discomfort is where the magic happens. Life zips along, unchecked and automatic. We default to our lifestyle, enjoying privileges tra la la, but a fast interrupts that rote trajectory. Jesus gets a fresh platform in the empty space where indulgence resided...A fast makes us hyper-aware, super-sensitive to the spirit."
She wraps up the book with this thought...
"Love God most. Love your neighbor as yourself. This is everything. If we say we love God, then we will care about the poor. This earth is God's and everything in it. We should live like we believe this. What we treasure reveals what we love. Money and stuff has the power to ruin us. Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God. This is what is required." 

Thanks Sister for giving me a copy of the book, it is the most compelling book I have read in a very long time. 

Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton. I finished this book in the late Spring. It took me a while to get in to it, but it is set in Memphis, so I enjoyed the Blues City references. At the end of the book I was pleased, but I wouldn't call it a "Must read."
Loving by Karen Kinsgbury. This is the fourth and final book in Karen's Bailey Flanigan series. The third book left the reader torn between Bailey's two loves - a current love and an old love. I read this book in 2 days! Karen Kingsbury was laying on the cheesiness at the end, but that is how she rolls after all. I have enjoyed all the books about the Bloomington crew!
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller. I have heard a lot of buzz about this book recently. At first when I heard about it I thought, "I wish that would have been out when I was engaged!" Then I realized a book on marriage would be even more useful now that I am in the midst of it. It is on it's way to my mailbox now, and I can't wait to start it. Tim Keller is so wise and I know I have so much to learn from this book.
Becoming a Woman of Faith by Cynthia Heald. This is the book my bible study will be reading this summer. I haven't read anything by Cynthia Heald, but I have heard great things about this series. She has a variety of different "Becoming a woman of..." books. I'm excited to start this one.
Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. I know most of you have heard of this one. This is the story of a Nashville girl who decided to leave everything she knew and move to Uganda when she was only 18. I picked it up from the Library this week, and it is next on my list to read.  

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner. This book follows the story of 4 different women and their "interlocking drama". I don't know much about it, but am looking forward to reading it. 

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