Books That Begged Me 2 Read Them

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Last month I spent a lot of time in the school library. About every 40 minutes, I get up, walk around, and have a peek at a book on the shelf. The following books are some of the ones I took down and flipped through for more information.
What’s on your Summer reading list?
  1. Fabulous After 50: Finding Fulfillment for Tomorrow by Shirley Mitchell with Jane Rubietta. The back cover says “In this age of living longer, many women forget about living BETTER! . . . Welcome 50 and realize that passing through physical, emotional and spiritual change is taking you to powerful places of possibility.” These 11 chapters address relevant topics and each chapter has questions to answer for immediate application. The book also shares some attitudes to cultivate that will help us to age more successfully. #6 is “Investing in relationships for eternity gives our lives depth, breadth, and a reason for living well.” 248.84 mit 16581
  2. Simply Fun for Families by Gwen Ellis. The cover says: “Save time & money; Start new traditions; Create memorable vacations . . . and much more.” This book will provide fresh, fun, and (almost) free ways to spend family time together, mostly in your own home or backyard. Chapter Five is titled Treasured Guests . Did you know that entertaining guests is Biblical? That guests have things to teach? Can provide cross-cultural exposure? Can share career ideas with the kiddos? Can teach your kiddos about hospitality? And that guests can be family members and other key people in your child’s life like Scout Leader, Pastor, and Sunday School teacher. P.S. I’d love to be a guest in your home. Just let me know which role you want me to come as. 🙂 649.1 Ell 151.08
  3. Addiction & Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald G. May, M.D. Read what this back cover says. “In this inspiring book, Gerald May describes the process of attachment” that leas to addiction and examines the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness. May details the various addictions from which we suffer-not only to alcohol and drugs, but also to work, sex, performance, responsibility, and intimacy.Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist working with the chemically dependent, May emphasizes how addiction represents an attempt to assert complete control over our lives. Addiction & Grace is a compassionate and wise treatment of this important topic, offering s critical yet hopeful guide to a place of freedom based on contemplative spirituality.” 616.86 may 15202
  4. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D. Dr. Gottman is called the country’s (USA) foremost relationship expert because of his many year’s of scientific observation of the habits of married couples. This book is the “culmination of his life’s work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. [It is] packed with practical questionnaires and exercises.” 306.81 Got 13931
  5. The Unquenchable Worshipper: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship by Matt Redman. Sometimes worship lifts me up. Sometimes nothing happens. I want to know how to get back to the basics of adoring God no matter my circumstances. 264 Red 10625
  6. 6. Choosing the Amusing: Finding Humor and Joy Beneath the Rubble of Life by Marilyn Meberg. I am typically a serious person. I need help in the humor department. There are 3 good reasons for finding and living in joy and humor: “It lifts the spirit, cheers the heart and clears the mind.” 248.4 Meb 8743
  7. When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty by Joni Eareckson Tada and Stevn Estes. Joni has suffered much as a result of her diving accident. I think reading Joni’s thoughts on this will help me with some of my questions about suffering. 248.86 Tad 8680
  8. How to Be a Better-than-Average In-Law by H. Norman Wright. One of these days (more likely years) I will be an in-law. I’d like to learn now what not to do then. This 121 page book with plenty of spaces to answer the questions, will help me “apply the Bible’s practical people principles to”  my relationships with my relatives. Besides with a last name like Wright, how can this advice go wrong? 301 Wri 17424
  9.  9. Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can’t: When They See You, Do They See Jesus? by Erwin W. Lutzer. This former senior pastor of Moody Church answers the question, Can a Christian’s involvement in political and social causes really change the world? I think this 9 chapter book will cause me to think and then look at my life. Both actions could hurt.
  10. Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them by Thom S. Rainer. Rainer is the founding Dean of the Billy Graham School of Mission, Evangelism and Church Growth. The book will discuss the following: Why pastors and doctrinal preaching are critical . . . The enormous influence of family and relationships . . . Which things matter more than we’d thought, and which matter less . . . What causes visitors to return . . . and more. 269.2 Rai 13667
  11. A Place of Quiet Rest: Finding Intimacy With God Through a Daily Devotional Life by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Lately I’ve talked with some women who feel far from God and who don’t have a continuous devotional life. I tell them there’s a connection. I’ve proved that many times for myself. The back cover states, “The God of this universe created us for fellowship with Himself! . . . Now, author Nancyy Leigh DeMoss demystifies the process of coming to know God intimately. . . She addresses the common frustrations and pitfalls that most of us encounter in our devotional life, and makes practical suggestions for overcoming them.” I think I could learn a few things. And then maybe I can pass that along. 248.843 DeM 16558
  12. Beauty Secrets of the Bible: The Ancient Arts of Beauty & Fragrance by Ginger Garrett. Esther possibly used some of these treatments to ready herself for the pageant that declared her the new queen. While I won’t get a year solely devoted to pampering my body and mind, I might find a secret or two that will beautify me now. 646.7/042 Gar 19858
  13. Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church by Philip Yancey. “It is with sadness that I admit that the actions and attitudes of the people of the church (paid and lay) can and DO cause great harm to . . . its own, the unchurhced and God’s reputation.”I recently heard how one mentor led her mentee through a great curriculum but added to it a constant stream of “F” profanities, smoking and drinking ALL while having the study. This caused the mentee much confusion. But because of God’s grace, the mentee is back in a close relationship with God.

I am starting with #5; the book about worship.

Let me know if you want to read a book with me. It would be fun and helpful to chat about the ideas presented.

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  • 1. lynette  |  . at .

    They allsound good, what do you recommend?

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  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    I recommend #2 and #5. I was going to start with #5 but I can’t find the book!

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