Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Currently On My Nightstand

I love books. 
I mean love. 

I'm pretty sure I love books even more than reading if that's even possible, because I love reading, too. I am typically reading multiple books at any one time. 

Since returning from Haiti, I've been reading even more than normal. 

I feel like this is a safe place and that I can be honest with you all: there's much (MUCH) I don't know. 

I have always had a constant desire to know more and to do more with what I do know. It's one of the reasons this blog was started in the first place, it was basically a place for me to "talk" about what I was learning. 

I love hearing from people who have been there and done that and studied in ways that I haven't (or can't). I like to read different perspectives on the same topic to get a full picture. I like to evaluate multiple sides. 

I find that sort of thing fun. And very energizing. 

Anyhow, I was recently looking at the many piles of books all over our house and thought back to a time when I used to blog about what I was reading (seems so so so long ago now), but I really enjoyed it. So.... I'm going to do it again. This may just be for me, and if it is, I'm good with that. Or maybe a few of you might find a book you may enjoy and be encouraged by.
So here is goes: 

My Currently-Reading List: 

Adopted for Life by Russel Moore 
Fantastic book!! I am learning so much about the theology of adoption, the Biblical definition of adoption, heart issues surrounding adoption, information about orphans and most importantly I am seeing a glimpse of the heart of God towards us, his adopted children. This book is not just for those interested in adoption or supporting those who are - it's for EVERYONE. If you want to better understand your salvation and God's heart towards you, I would recommend this book. 

Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler 
Quickly moving to one of my favorite reads. Of all time. I have always loved Pastor Matt Chandler and have been listening to him since.... forever, and now I love his wife Lauren just as much! This book is all about placing our security and hope in the Lord rather than the many idols we find all around us. It has been one of the most effective books I have read on helping me work through some of my anxieties and fears. It's been a little bit of a slow read for me only because it's one that I've had to process through bit by bit. 

No Longer a Slumdog by K.P. Yohnannon 
I got this book (for free) at least a year ago and had forgotten about it until recently when I happened to catch a glimpse of it as I was walking by our bookshelf and decided to picked it up. An hour later, I was still reading. Technically speaking it's an easy read. Content wise.... I have cried through most of it. Focused primarily on the terrible living conditions of millions of people leaving in India, it forces you to come face to face with the fact that there is so much work to be done and that God has called us to be a part of it. Someway. Somehow. This book has driven me to my knees to pray for the people in India, and to find out if God has a part for me to play in bringing glory to His name in that place. 

When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett 
I haven't actually started this book, but have skimmed and picked at passages here and there. As Tim and I pray about where the Lord wants to use us, our heart continues to grow for missions and for those less fortunate that we are. However, we want to be wise with our resources and time and we want to learn from those who know more on the best and most effective ways to not only help, but to always bring the most amount of glory to God possible. 

The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung 
Such. A. Good. Book. A must read for any Christian. Any where. The disconnect in our hearts and minds regarding the holiness of God, our sin and our purpose is (in most cases) HuGe. We need to pray and ask God to soften our hearts to seeing the severity of our sin and start taking the necessary self-disciplines seriously. DeYoung does a great job at biblically walking us through this, while reminding us of God's amazing grace. 

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin 
This is a very practical and applicable book for women on how to read and study and use the Word of God. We are sadly living during in a time in the church when books like this one are not read and applied often enough. I will be reading this book again. 

The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler 
A book on marriage, written for both marrieds and singles, using the Song of Solomon as a guide. 
Powerful. Good. 
Haven't actually picked it up in a while because I've started more books than I should have, and I may have actually forgotten about this one (~disappointing~). But now that I'm looking at it again, I remember how great it is, and I plan on finishing it. 

Recently Finished 
Orphanology by Tony Merida and Rick Morton
Another book I cried through parts of. Not just for those considering adoption. Definitely for those who call themselves Christian and take following the word of God seriously. We are commanded to defend and take care of widows and orphans and that can look very different in every family. There is an orphan epidemic in the world, we don't have the luxury of closing our eyes to this problem. This book provides chapter-after-chapter of practical ways individuals and churches can work towards living out James 1:27 --- please, take the time to read this book. 

Screens and Teens by Kathy Koch 
This book is not one that I needed so much for my kids (yet) but for myself. Sometimes I don't realize how attached to my phone I am and one day, I'll have certain expectations of my children, and I want to set a good example now. It's title suggest it's heard for parents of teens, but it's not necessarily. It's really applicable to anyone with a cell-phone or computer. 
This book does a good job of not simply bashing technology but showing the need for moderation and control - she talks a lot about tech-free times and areas to protect that which is sacred in our lives. 
The book goes through common lies that technology causes/encourages us to believe. I tend to be an overly-logical person so there were times that I was a bit put-out only because I was like "Teenagers (and all people) have always believed that lie." However, that's me being nit-picky because regardless of the cause the lie still exists and technology absolutely does play into the common lies we've all always believed. 
There wasn't anything particularly eye-opening or mind-blowing about the book, but it did remind me of some of the things I tend to ignore or overlook. 

*** Disclosure: There are affiliate links throughout this post, which means if you click on the link and choose to purchase the book, I may receive a small compensation. This by no means affects my review or reflections on the books.