Ok. I do realize that it is almost November and I am only now introducing you to my September book reviews which means… you’ll get to see my next set of book reviews all the more sooner. So exciting, I know. The books I read in September were good, but I’m way more excited to introduce you to the ones I’ve been reading this month. But, as not to dissuade you from continuing to read, I would still recommend the ones I read this month!
And good news for those who think 3 books a month is too big of a goal or just seems a bit daunting, have no fear… I didn’t make it to 3 last month either. Perhaps 3 books a month will be an elusive goal some months, but I will say that even getting to 2 is probably 2 more then I would read with no goal at all. So, feel free to jump in and join me and don’t worry if you don’t make it to 3, the real goal is just to read more BOOKS.
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
I started reading this book as soon as it arrived, I needed something light! And well, I couldn’t put it down so 5 days later and with a little less sleep because I stayed up too late each night reading just “one more chapter”, I felt lighter! Jen (I feel like we’d be friends so I’m calling her by her first name) will make you laugh and free you up to just be you and who God has created you to be. She does an incredible job of making light, while also addressing the pressures we put on ourselves daily as women to be the perfect everything and shares honestly of her own journey to freedom. While I don’t agree with everything she writes here, I do think she does a great job of freeing women up from the pressures we put on ourselves daily. I also laughed a lot and thoroughly enjoyed this book! If you need an easy read that will also speak to your heart and free you up just a bit from the standards we place on ourselves as women then I think you’ll enjoy this book!
Purchase “For the Love” at this link
Who Shall Ascend by Elisabeth Elliot
I said last month that I was going to expend my repertoire of authors I read and the only way I succeeded this month is I read 1 Elliot book instead of 2. This book, however, was a little more difficult to get into and as a result, took a little longer for me to read. It’s a biography of a missionary to central America who really played a huge role in paving the way to missions there and had a tremendous impact in taking the gospel to Central America. Many times we hear the stories of great men and women of faith who have DONE so much for the kingdom that it can be easy to paint them as larger than life characters who we could never measure up to. As a result we can constantly feel as though we are not doing enough, seeing enough fruit in our own personal lives. This is one of the reasons why I think it is so important to read the stories of the men and women who have gone before us, to study the characters of the Bible beyond just their success and discover that God uses people who have great flaws and are in so many respects just normal people wrestling with God and seeking to be faithful to the call God has put on their lives. Even though this book was a slower read, Elliot really gave an authentic look at the life of R.Kenneth Strachan. He was a man of great faith but also full of many doubts, insecurities and flaws. Yet, God used Him greatly in the midst of those. I was challenged in fresh ways as I look to how I view ministry and how God uses a person in spite of their flaws.
Purchase “Who Shall Ascend” at this link
Read my August 2016 Book Reviews at this link