2016 Bookshelf

2016-bookshelf-collageIn November of 2014, I read a blog post encouraging persons to set aside a bookshelf for all the books read in a calendar year. As the year goes by, you see the shelf filling and are reminded of time well spent. (I wish I could remember who to thank.)

The project was so rewarding in 2015, I continued it in 2016. I again found the process of adding books enjoyable and helpful. Sometimes you forget a really good book.

Helpful hints-

  • If you read most of your books electronically, consider setting up a virtual bookshelf on Pinterest.
  • Another option is to set up a profile on Goodreads.
  • This year’s list includes books I read and books I listened to while traveling. There are wonderful, free audible books available through your local library and via streaming if you subscribe to Amazon Prime.

So my friends, here’s my 2016 bookshelf. I hope it encourages you and that you find a treasure or two. Should it be helpful to you, I’m glad to provide more feedback on specific selections. Just leave a comment below.

Happy reading. Happy exploring. Happy growing. – Lisa <><

Relationships and Peacemaking

Novels

Devotional Memoir

Bible Study and Theology

Poetry and Prayers

2015 Book Shelf

2015 bookshelf collageIn November of last year, I read a blog post encouraging persons to set aside a bookshelf for all the books read in a calendar year. As the year goes by, you see the shelf filling and are reminded of time well spent. (I wish I could remember who to thank.)

Since I read most books electronically, I set up a virtual bookshelf on Pinterest. I found the process of adding books enjoyable and helpful. Sometimes you forget a really good book.

So my friends, here’s my 2015 bookshelf. I hope it encourages you and that you find a treasure or two. Should it be helpful to you, I’m glad to provide more feedback on specific selections. Just leave a comment below.  

Happy reading. Happy exploring. Happy growing. – Lisa <><

Relationships and Peacemaking

Novels

Devotional Memoir

Bible Study and Theology

Poetry

Blog Recommendation: A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp

aholyexperience-logoAnn Voskamp is becoming one of my favorite bloggers. Her posts on A Holy Experience read like hot chocolate- warm, beautiful, rich, yummy. Her emotionally raw reflections are accompanied by gorgeous photography and graphics, plus helpful links and resource lists.

Her Pick of Best Bibles post is a terrific example. You’re right there, curled up with her and her kids as they read the story of Joseph and his brothers, experiencing their excitement and heartbreak. In then end, you’re moved and inspired to act, to pick up a Bible and read it to a loved one.

To send it over the top, at the end of the post, she provides a detailed list of Bible editions which are especially good for reading out loud. Bibles for all ages and situations. Many editions which were new to me.

What are your favorite blogs? What makes them meaningful to you? Share your blog treasure in the comments section below.

Blessings- Lisa <><

Book Shelf: 15 Days of Prayer with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

15 Days of Prayer with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Matthieu Arnold (Author)
Published by New City Press (February 1, 2009)

My review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
A short, solid introduction to the life and writings of one of the 20th century’s most influential pastor/theologians. Inspiring for individuals or small groups.

For more books exploring the lives and prayers of notable Christians in this format, check out the 15 Days of Prayer Series.

From the publisher:
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran pastor, theologian, opponent of Hitler and martyr, stands as one of the boldest examples of twentieth century Christian witness. By the time that the Gestapo hanged him in Flossenberg Concentration Camp for involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler, Bonhoeffer had marked out not only a firm Christian defense of the rights of Gods Ancient People the Jews but had sketched out an undogmatic Christianity for ‘a world come of age.’ The essence of this Christian vision was the belief that God is always present in Christ and always present in suffering. In a twenty-first century when trivial quarrels can still divide Christians, Bonhoeffers witness to this core gospel truth and his willingness to die for it, offer an enduring example. This book offers a fifteen day course in Bonhoeffer’s spirituality, drawing abundantly from his writings.

Book Shelf: Forgotten God


Forgotten God:
Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

Francis Chan (Author)
Published by David C. Cook
New edition (September 1, 2009)

My review: 5 out of 5 stars
In Forgotten God, Francis Chan discusses the mystery and importance of the Holy Spirit from a place of great reverence and humility. His servant heart brings forth a book full of approachable stories and illustrations, yet crystal clear in Biblical truth and classic Christian theology. His engaging style invites you into a conversation. You leave challenged but not condemned. Great for persons at all points in their journey of faith.

From the publisher:
A follow up to the profound message of Crazy Love, Pastor Francis Chan offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and … the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit—the Helper—so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today’s church has admired the gift but neglected to open it.

Breakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan’s invitation to stop and remember the One we’ve forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.

Book Shelf: The Return of the Prodigal Son

The Return of the Prodigal Son:
A Story of Homecoming

Henri J. M. Nouwen (Author)
Published by Image Books / Doubleday Publishing
1st Image Books Edition Published April 1994

My review: 5 out of 5 stars In short, The Return of the Prodigal Son is a masterpiece. Throughout the thin volume, Nouwen weaves together Jesus’ profound parable (Luke 15:11-32), the painting it inspired, the life of the genius who painted it (Rembrandt), faithful theology, and his own journey with the painting and with Christ. Nouwen’s commitment to mine every last jewel from such a well known text encourages and inspires us to search the scriptures with the same passion and hunger. Nouwen’s deep personal reflections, authenticity, and honesty invite the same from the reader. As he sees himself and God in every character of the story, so do we.

From the publisher: The beloved spiritual writer meditates on the parable of the prodigal son’s return — a powerful drama of fatherhood, filial duty, rivalry, and anger between brothers — and its enduring lessons for Christianity.

Book Shelf: The Power of a Whisper

The Power of a Whisper:
Hearing God,
Having the Guts to Respond

Bill Hybels (Author)
Published by Zondervan;
1st Printing edition (July 25, 2010)

My review: 4 out of 5 stars
The Power of a Whisper is a refreshingly, easy read with clearly presented concepts. The strength of the book is not found in new, earth shattering insights into how to hear from God. (The timeless practices work and so nothing new is needed.) The strength of this book is its vulnerability, found in story after story after story of ordinary persons who heard a message from God and responded. (and a few who didn’t and regretted it) Hybels is himself especially transparent. Be sure to read all the way to the end. The tenth and last chapter is a powerful combination of testimony, Biblical truth and call to action.

From the publisher:
‘Without a hint of exaggeration,’ says Bill Hybels, ‘the ability to discern divine direction has saved me from a life of sure boredom and self-destruction. God’s well-timed words have redirected my path, rescued me from temptation and re-energized me during some of my deepest moments of despair.’ In The Power of a Whisper, vision is cast for what life can look like when God’s followers choose to hear from heaven as they navigate life on earth. Whispers that arbitrate key decisions, nudges that rescue from dark nights of the soul, promptings that spur on growth, urgings that come by way of another person, inspiration that opens once-glazed-over eyes to the terrible plight people face in this world—through firsthand accounts spanning fifty-seven years of life, more than thirty of which have been spent in the trenches of ministry, Hybels promotes passion in Christ-followers’ hearts for being wide open to hearing from God, and for getting gutsier about doing exactly what he says to do. For more information go to: www.thewhisperwall.com