Books

11) Of Knights and Fair Maidens by Jeff and Danielle Myers. I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It talks about “A Radical New Way to Develop Old-fashioned Relationships.” They look at Courting as better than dating. They talk about what it means to court and they really encourage it.

I don’t really think it matters what you call it, as long as it’s God honoring. I personally am going to date, but it will be Christ centered. They make it sound as if dating isn’t ok, and courting is the only way to have a good relationship. Again, I don’t think it matters what you call it as long as God is at the center.

10) What’s the Difference? by John Piper. I read this book in about 3 days because it’s really short and it’s a really easy read. I would suggest this book to anybody who wants to understand Biblical manhood and womanhood. It’s only 5 chapters long and it simply breaks down what manhood and womanhood are according to the Bible. Totally awesome!

5 out of 5 stars

9) When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy by John Piper. This book will take me longer than two weeks. I’ve heard that it’s really deep and it’s a lot longer than the other books I’ve read.

8) Damsels in Distress by Martha Peace. This book will be read by October 14th.

I wouldn’t suggest this book for a guy, but I would definitely suggest it for a girl! Martha peace talks about some hot topics with women. She isn’t afraid to just say the truth, which I loved! She went through gossip and slander, emotional attachment, vanity, legalism, the role of women in the church, the feminist influence, and a few more. These are things that a lot of women struggle with, and it was a very applicable book!

5 out of 5 stars.

7) The Pursuit of God A.W. Tozer this book will be read by September 27th.

Okay, I was a little late on this book but that’s because it was pretty deep. He puts the shallowness of Christians to shame! He wants the church to be full of life again and explains how important it is for us to be in the pursuit of God. I don’t have anything else to say on the book except that it was a little hard to read. Maybe I just haven’t been in the mood of reading for the past couple of weeks or something, I don’t know, but it was hard for me to get into even though it was so good! I will leave it with quotes from page 78..

“If you would follow on to know the Lord, come at once to the open Bible expecting it to speak to you. Do not come with the notion that it is a thing which you may push around at your convenience. It is more than a thing; it is a voice, a word, the very Word of the Living God.”

and 101..

“God wants the whole person and he will not rest till He gets us in entirety. No part of the man will do. Let us pray over this in detail, throwing ourselves at God’s feet and meaning everything we say. No one who prays thus in sincerity need wait long for tokens of divine acceptance. god will unveil His glory before His servant’s eyes, and He will place all HIs  treasures at the disposal of such a one, for He knows that HIs honor is safe in such consecrated hands.”

3 out of 5 stars

6) Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Such a challenging book! The title is pretty self-explanatory because he simply asks the questions are we wasting our lives? Are we doing everything in our power to love God? When we are on our death bed (if we get one), are we going to regret our lives and say why didn’t I do something worth while? I would encourage you to read this book. It opened my eyes and made me realize that life is short, and life is precious. I only get one chance and I need to make the best of it!

5 out of 5 stars

5) Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

BEST BOOK EVER! I officially have a new favorite. Chan talks all about Love (hence the name haha!). The book is simple but deep, which doesn’t make much sense until you read it. He simplifies the Love of Christ but goes deep into the heart of the issue. Have you ever wondered if we are missing the “Crazy, relentless, ALL-POWERFUL Love” of God? He talks about the calling that Christians have to AUTHENTICALLY Love our Creator God. We have to be all in, HE doesn’t want you to sit on the fence and give half of ourselves, He wants it ALL! Chan is honest. He doesn’t act like he’s perfect or like he’s got it all together. He tells you straight up that he’s had and has his struggles with God which shows the character of the writer!

This is not an easy book. It’s easy to read but challenging to apply. Read this quote…

“Life is comfortable when you separate yourself from people who are different from you. That optimizes what my life was like: Characterized by comfort.”

His point was that comfort isn’t good. We don’t help people when we are sitting comfortably in our little Christian bubbles. We need to step out and love people just as Jesus Christ has loved! ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV) He talks about the sacrifices we should be willing to make for other people.

The last thing I want to bring out of the book is the fact that WE need GOD. He does NOT need US.

“Right now a hundred million angels are praising God’s name; he certainly doesn’t need to beg or plead with us. We should be the ones beggin to worship in His presence.”

” The fact is, I need God to help me love God. And if I need His help to love Him, a perfect being, I definitley need His help to love other, fault-filled humans. Something mysterious, even supernatural must happen in order fo rgenuine love for God to grow in our hearts. The Holy Spirit has to move in our lives.”

INCREDIBLE!

5 out of 5 stars!

4) God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists by Ray Comfort. I’ll be done with this book by August 18th.

I have to say, I’m not sure exactly what to write here. Kelly, out of words? WOAH! haha But I guess I will say…I liked it. Yes, I did. But I disagreed with a few things in it. I think he was a little off base when he talked about hypocrisy in the church (although there is a lot of it!) and I didn’t necessarily like the way he approached how he wanted to bring people to Christ. Let me explain. At one point he said that he wanted to put fear into you so that you would accept Christ. I think that just creates “fire insurance” Christians. You know, those Christians who are only in the church because they don’t want to go to hell? Not Christians who want to serve Him. I think that people need to be told what will happen to them in eternity after they die, but there has to be a balance of telling people how God is a God of wrath and a God of judgement, but He is also a God of love, compassion, and mercy. We have to strike that balance somehow.

Okay, now for the good things about the book! Comfort does a very good job at proving God’s existence not only through the Bible but through facts and science. He proves that the atheist doesn’t really exist. Take a look at the last quote He uses in the book…

“It takes no brains to be an atheist. Any stupid person can deny the existence of a supernatural power because man’s physical senses cannot detect it. But there cannot be ignored the influence of conscience, the respect we feel for the Moral Law, the mystery of first life…or the marvelous order in which the universe moves about us on this earth. All these evidence the handiwork of the beneficent Deity…That Deity is the God of the Bible and of Jesus Christ, His Son.”         -Dwight Eisenhower

3 1/2 stars out of 5

3) The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. This book will be finished by August 4.

I got this one done a little bit early since I’m going to be gone in Canada for a week. Basically this book is from a demons point of view. Screwtape is a demon writing letters to another demon named Wormwood (weird names right?) about what he should be doing to distract the humans. He comes at it from a very interesting point of view in a way I’ve never thought of it. He talks about the different ways the devil gets a hold of our hearts and the spiritual battle that is literally going on at all times! I would suggest this book, although it was slightly hard for me to get into. Never the less it was still good and it helped me understand the spiritual realm that is all around me a little bit better. C.S. Lewis has a crazy mind! I don’t know how he came up with the stuff in this book! Incredible!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

2) You don’t have to be gay by Jeff Konrad- I have a friend who’s family is struggling with homosexuality and this book was recommended to me. This book will be read by the July 21.

If you struggle with homosexual feelings and want to know how to over come them or you know someone who is struggling then this book is a must read! It is all letters that Jeff Konrad (the author) wrote to a gay friend throughout the period of about a year. He talks about how people aren’t simply born gay, it’s a self-identity problem and a sexual-identity problem. He goes through some of the reasons that people are gay and how to really dig deep into their hearts to find those things of their past. He says that once you find and heal the wound, you can start to heal it’s effects. It’s a very personal and easy read because of the fact that it’s all letters. He’s very clear on what he’s saying and doesn’t beat around the bush at all. He gives hope and understanding to those strapped in the sin of homosexuality.

Oh and I forgot something….The author is an ex-homosexual. Yeah, argue with him on homosexuality! YOU LOSE!

5 out of 5 stars!

1) Wild at Heart by John Eldredge – I read his book Captivating which is the women’s book he wrote with his wife, so I decided to read the men’s book. This book will be read by July 14th

This book was fantastic! He really dives deep into the hearts of men. Some of you probably think I’m weird for reading this book since I’m a girl but oh well =) He talks about what a real man is and what our society has done to diminish the importance of letting men be men. God made men to be fighters but our society asks men to simply be “nice guys” and the church hasn’t helped. Being a nice guy is awesome! I’ve even written a post on it, but there is a difference in being a nice guy and being a push over and/or lazy, you still have to be a warrior. He also talks about how every little boy “dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress.” He goes into how girls fit into masculinity and what true masculinity is. John Eldredge wants men to understand what masculinity is, when defined by the image of God. He understands that men are wounded and he wants men to be able to heal their wounds with the help of God! If you aren’t a reader, become on for this book! (and lots of other ones!)

“Be fierce, be wild, be passionate.” -John Eldredge

5 out of 5 stars

5 responses

3 07 2010
Lauralea

Great ideer! I used to read a book a day when I was in middle school :-) Now it’s less than that. I read Do Hard Things at least every other month to keep me motivated. It’s a great book, and you want to keep the stuff fresh in your mind!

28 07 2010
Wesley M

were the first two you read in the summit library? Because i couldn’t find them and would like to read them, but i have plenty to read already. I am almost done with Why we’re not Emergent, and will read Life at the Bottom next

28 07 2010
Kelly

The first one was not at the Summit library and the second was at the front desk right after Mike Hailey spoke. I think You Don’t Have to Be Gay is out of print, so you might have to get it on Amazon or something. I bought Life at the Bottom too! And hopefully I am going to read it soon!

10 10 2010
Savannah T

hey i have a book suggestion that i read last year called I kissed dating goodbye by Joshua Harris it is probably one of my favorite books ever. i scares a lot of people away by its title but it hits so many subjects it is awesome a must read.

11 10 2010
Kelly

Is it horrible to say that I didn’t really like that book? I liked his second book though! He kind of went back and contradicted himself in the second one, because after he got married his views changed. I would suggest that one! =)

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