I get both excited and sad when I think about how many fantastic books are out there. Sad because, I’ll never read enough books to satisfy me in my life-time. But also excited, because I’ll never run out of things to read and there will always be something new to discover.
While certainly not every book is worth your time, there are a lot of great ones that are. These authors are spending hours pouring out wisdom for us through the written word, so really we’re cheating ourselves if we choose not to read. We’ve got to take advantage of the knowledge that comes thorough reading their great works of literature.
This past month was a bit busier for me (hence the lateness of this monthly book post), so I didn’t get through the amount of reading I anticipated finishing by the end of August.
Also, several of the books I started recently, have been books that were meant to be savored, rather than rushed through, and I want to make sure I take my time with books like that.
I do have a few great recommendations for you this month: an inspiring old favorite, a heavier and fascinating read, and a small, but deep and thought-provoking book.
I’ll Have What She’s Having by Bobbie Houston
I’ll Have What She’s Having was one of the very first Christian books (aside from the Bible) that I read years ago. Up until that point, I would only read junior fiction in my free time, but had never really gotten into any books by Christian authors before this time. I remember going to the bookshelf and browsing my parents collection of books and picking out this one.
It’s about becoming the kind of woman whose lifestyle can be observed by another, and prompt them to say, “There’s something special about her, and I want what she’s got in my own life.” I had that experience myself just through reading this book, I felt a desire take root in my heart to have what Bobbie was talking about.
I think everyone who has grown up in church has a moment where they start to invest in their own faith- this book came around that time for me. It’s why I picked it up. And also why I never stopped reading books like this. I definitely credit this book for fueling my desire for more of God, which judging by the title, was obviously Bobbie’s hope for the reader.
Quotable: “People often walk in and out of God’s will for their lives because they allow the Lord into some aspects of their lives but not others… Bring everything into the light of Jesus Christ, because the enemy only has authority to traffic in the darkness.”
The Case For A Creator by Lee Strobel
I’m actually still reading this one, as it’s a bit more of a heavier read than the other two books for this month, due to the subject matter.
In this brilliant book composed of telling interviews with experts in various fields of science, Lee Strobel proves that science is not at odds with creationism- it actually supports it.
Strobel goes through the famous “icons of evolution” that are frequently used as evidence for evolutionary theory in textbooks, and explains how they aren’t as solid of proof as we have been told.
If you have questions about the origin of the universe, or want to defend your position as a creationist from a scientifically factual standpoint- this is a definite must read. Even if you’re like me, and aren’t that into science, you’ll still find this to be a fascinating read.
Quotable: “Would it not be strange if a universe without purpose accidentally created humans who are so obsessed with purpose?” -Sir John Templeton
Sense and Sensuality by Ravi Zacharias
After enjoying his podcast for a while, I finally read my first Ravi Zacharias book- and I now know I have to get more!
I think his writing style is a modern equivalent to the writing of C.S. Lewis. So if you enjoy Lewis’s works, you’ll be sure to like Ravi Zacharias as well!
This book is a hypothetical conversation between Jesus Christ, Oscar Wilde, and Blaise Pascal, about the nature of desire and the pursuit of pleasure.
Ravi Zacharias navigates tough questions many people wrestle with like: “Why did God give us such strong desires for things when we aren’t supposed to fulfill those desires?” and “Does God know what it’s like to struggle through a season of pain and temptation?”
Although it’s a short enough book to read in one sitting like I did, the concepts are certainly not small and your perspective will be challenged, I guarantee it. This is a profound read that I highly recommend for anyone!
Quotable: “I said that anything that endures for a shorter time than the soul does is incapable of satisfying the soul.”
If you end up checking any of them out, be sure to let me know your thoughts!
What are you currently reading?