I’ve decided to re-direct my blog to help me stay on track with my personal studies and thoughts, which have primarily been focused lately on pushing myself to live a more surrendered life to God. I don’t know if anyone else still reads this blog, but I am planning to try to organize what I’ve been thinking here to help me stay on track. If anyone else can benefit from what I share: that’s great, too!

Since I am spending a lot of time in the car these days, I have been using a helpful app called Hoopla, which allows me to borrow audio-books for free through my local library. This has been a really useful discovery for me, as I’ve been able to listen to some very inspiring books in the past few months. I think the hallmark of a good book is one that draws us closer to God and causes us to desire to spend more time in His Word and in prayer. In case you’re interested, here are the books that I’ve recently listened to or read that have been challenging me.

Embracing Obscurity – Anonymous author. This one wasn’t available on Hoopla, but the paperback was lent to me by my brother. It really is a must-read in my opinion. It explores how the biblical instructions on humility are greatly undermined by modern culture, and challenges Christians to remember the example of Christ.

The Lifegiving Home – Sally and Sarah Clarkson. This one is a book about home-making, which may not sound that inspiring on the surface, but the point of the book is how we should intentionally make our homes centered around Christ in everything. This was a good reminder for me that the best way to teach my son to love God is to prioritize my own relationship with Him.

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus – Lois Tverberg. I’ve read a couple of her other books, and as always, she did not disappoint. I love how Tverberg’s knowledge of the Hebrew language and ancient Jewish culture can enrich how we understand Scripture. I am continually amazed at how multi-layered the Bible is, and there is always more to learn.

The Attributes of God – A.W. Tozer. This book was a good reminder of the awesome power of God and how important it is that we give him the reverence He deserves!

Crazy Love – Francis Chan. I’m actually only about half-way finished with this one, but so far it is another inspiring and challenging book. It’s actually where I got the inspiration for the new title and direction of the blog, as Chan talks extensively about how complacency and love of comfort and self is so commonplace in modern Christianity. I certainly see it in my own life, and want to make sure that I am always fighting to keep that lukewarm attitude at bay.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Colossians 3:17

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