As you know, I’m a lover of words. Even more than writing them, I love reading them.
And over the last few months while I was finishing my first book, I collected stacks of others I couldn’t wait to read! In stolen moments I would pick up one and then get drawn into another and never finish anything.
Pouring out so much of me in the pages of my book I would find myself ravenous for the words of another and I would turn to pages I knew would fill my soul. Words and phrases and authors I trusted. Those I knew who could give me the encouragement to dig a little deeper, push a little farther.
I feel so blessed by the gifts that have been given to me through words on a page. But not just words on a page…story.
That someone I most likely will never know, let alone ever even meet, sat down to tell me their story. What they learned and how I can live my life better through their experience.
How I can dream a little bigger, live a bit fuller and love a whole lot deeper.
Each book carries the message or the a story of a life. Real or fiction, we are all torn and mended and patched back together through faith. Through the story, courage and encouragement of another.
More than any one thing I can think of, I am a collector of books. of words. Of lives I have not lived.
So as I said, I’ve been unintentional with my reading and therefore have stacks of books waiting on my bedside table. Too many to tackle at once i’m taking them in chunks. Here is my list for february and march:
A grace revealed: how God redeems the story of your life, Jerry Sittser
The book of qualities, Ruth Gendler
Sparkly green earrings: catching the light at every turn, Melanie Shankle
The prophet, Kahlil Gibran
A woman after God’s own heart, Elizabeth George
Sacred rhythms: arranging our lives for spiritual transformation, Ruth Hailey Barton
Taste and see: savoring the supremacy of God in all of life, John Piper
The real you: becoming the person you want to be, Kevin Leman
Whispers of hope: 10-weeks of devotional prayer, Beth Moore
Beyond boundaries: learning to trust again in relationships, John Townsend
The book thief, Zusak
David and Goliath: underdogs, misfits and the art of battling giants, Malcolm Gladwell
I’d love to know — WHAT ARE YOU READING?!!