It’s that time again to share my book favorites for the previous month. July’s round-up includes three new-to-me books that I read for the first time last month.
Cassandra Clare said this about reading:
“One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
That is a big reason why I love to read, for the life-changing impact that words can have on a person.
That is also why, just as we choose the influences of our friends by what we want to be like ourselves, we should also choose books in the same way- with intentionality.
I promise you- you want the wisdom and influence of these authors and their stories upon your life.
Nurture by Lisa Bevere
Lisa Bevere is a voice of motherly wisdom for this generation. And this book is straight from her mother’s heart.
It talks about positioning yourself to give and receive nurture so that you and the people around you can thrive.
For years, there has been a disconnect among women. We have stopped cheering each other on and have started seeing each other through the cold lense of competition. Lisa challenges us to start cheering for one another again.
This book teaches you how to grow in life-giving, nurturing relationships with other people. We absolutely need each-other if we are to be successful in fulfilling our God given purpose here on Earth.
Through reading, I have been made more aware of ways I can set up the people in my life to thrive and flourish under the power of encouragement.
Nurture is a perfect balance of profound and practical, with a whole chapter dedicated to giving practical examples of how to love others well and create an atmosphere of nurture wherever you go.
Quotable: “Beautiful daughter, pause a moment and think: is there some area you have potential in that is waiting to be remembered and developed? Any gift, ability, or talent we have is given to us to improve and enhance the lives of others. There is something within you that this world desperately needs.”
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
This is a fascinating account of courage and human resilience.
It’s the powerful story of a juvenile delinquent turned successful Olympian Louie Zamperini, and his extraordinary journey to heroism in the Second World War. Louie, along with two of his fellow crew-men, survived for 47 days on a raft after a harrowing plane crash- only to be caught by Japanese and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
I love reading biographies, and while they can be full of fascinating facts, they aren’t always something I’d necessarily want to read more than once. Unbroken is a big exception! I was quickly immersed in the thrilling and at times, heart-wrenching, storyline of this biography. It was hard to put it down. And I finished it in just a few sittings. I can imagine, I’ll enjoy returning to it and experiencing it all over again, many times in future.
Wartime stories are absolutely fascinating to me. I read this after watching the film by the same title directed by Angelina Jolie, which is very well done. There is actually a lot more amazing content in the book, that didn’t make it into the movie. I’m sure it was a difficult task for Angelina Jolie to choose which parts of his amazing story to put in the film, and which to leave out for the sake of brevity.
Louie’s story is one of forgiveness and restoration. And I feel certain that through this story, others will come to admire Louie Zamperini as I have.
Quotable: “A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain.”
Drawing Near by John Bevere
This book is about cultivating deeper intimacy with God. I was challenged through the reading of this book, to examine how I was stewarding my hunger for God. And my hunger actually grew the more I read.
It’s full of incredible stories about the Holy Spirit. John clears up alot of the confusion that surrounds that part of the trinity. He goes into detail about what certain scriptures about spiritual gifts really mean. Ultimately bringing you into a better understanding of who the Holy Spirit is, and the invitation to go deeper that he extends to all of us.
This is deep, biblical teaching directly from the Word of God. It’s obvious that John lives what he preaches, and his passion for knowing the Holy Spirit is so evident throughout this book.
Because it’s such a deep read, I savored my way through it, so I could really take in what John is saying. If you want to grow in your knowledge of the Holy Spirit, and deepen your hunger for Him, read Drawing Near.
Quotable: “We are the ones who determine our hunger, not Him…The only way we can create and maintain a hunger for God is to protect our soul by choosing what we fill it with.”
What book is impacting your life right now? I’d love to hear about it!