These are a few of the books I have read in 2016. Check them out & let me know your favorite books from this year.
Scary Close | Donald Miller
This was the first book I read in the new year and loved reading Donald’s stories on how he learned to have intimate relationships with people.
SOMEBODY ONCE TOLD ME WE WILL NEVER FEEL loved until we drop the act, until we’re willing to show our true selves to the people around us. When I heard that I knew it was true. I’d spent a good bit of my life as an actor, getting people to clap— but the applause only made me want more applause. I didn’t act in a theater or anything. I’m talking about real life. The thought of not acting pressed on me like a terror. Can we really trust people to love us just as we are? Nobody steps onto a stage and gets a standing ovation for being human. You have to sing or dance or something. I think that’s the difference between being loved and making people clap, though. Love can’t be earned, it can only be given. And it can only be exchanged by people who are completely true with each other.
Anything | Jennie Allen
Jennie is the founder of the IF:Gathering. They are a great resource for Bible studies and for equipping women.
I wish this freeing, wild, unsafe kind of faith for you. A faith that says if God is real then I plan on living like it. There is nothing more dangerous, more compelling, more freeing, more radical, more real, more satisfying, or more powerful than a smidgen of faith. A small seed of it can move mountains, so a large dose of it will move the world. And that’s happening. God is moving through our generation in ways I could have only dreamed. Anything. This prayer has brought all of the very hardest and the very best parts of our lives into place. I can’t begin to imagine if we would have missed it all.
This book is life changing, it will guide you out of your comfort zone and into the presence of the Lord.
Recommended By: Chloe Miller
Present Over Perfect | Shauna Niequist
This book is a life giving. Shauna takes us through “Leaving behind frantic for simpler, more soulful way of living.”
It’s about trusting that the hustle will never make you feel the way you want to feel. In that way, its a drug, and I fall for the initial rush every rime: if I push enough, I will feel whole. I will feel proud, I will feel happy. What I feel, though, is exhausted and resentful, but with well-organized closets.
If you live in the chaos of life and are searching for something different, read this book.
The Great Divorce | C.S. Lewis
Read this like a story, then let the concepts that are woven into the story build your faith.
Recommended by: Dana Shillinglaw
Reckless Faith | Beth Guckenberger
Beth runs a ministry, Back2Back Ministry, is a missionary in Mexico. Seriously put this on your reading list if you are looking into missions or want to live out a reckless faith.
Recommended by: Elizabeth Phillips