I could not think of a single thing to write about today. So I sat here in front of the computer trying to think… and I decided that I’ll share with you some of my favorite books. A couple years ago I started reading a book called In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. That book truly changed my life. It was intriguing, personal, convicting. This is a story about a handful of people from a good church, who realize that going to church, doing ‘Christian’ things, good things, isn’t all that God wants from us. They looked like great Christians, and their hearts were in it. But they realized that God really wants us to surrender our lives to him. Each and every day. And a handful of people in that congregation decided to do just that. As you read, you see the characters develop. Some for the better, some for the worse. You see the incredible change that can happen if you give your life truly to the Lord. And you see where you could go if you don’t.
I don’t remember exactly where I got this book when I first read it. I know it had to do with my Grandma Jean. I think I read it at her house once, and I loved it so much I needed to buy my own. I found this one on Amazon and I love it because it looks so special, and it is a special book to me. I can’t find the exact one on Amazon anymore, however, a quick search and tons of options came up; here is just one. I’ve also seen a more recent edition that has modernized language, but it’s just not the same as reading the original. Have any of you read this book before?
Another one that I love is called In Pursuit of First Love by Frank Eiklor. This book talks about how Jesus Christ is our first love, and what that means. I think I got this book from my grandma as well, but with this one I kept it on my shelf for months and months before I eventually read it. I read this book about a year and a half ago and it was another one that truly impacted me. I’m looking forward to reading it again soon, and it will be interesting to see the notes and marks that I’ve made in the book. This one is harder to find, so here is the only Amazon listing for it. I think you can get it from here as well (scroll down, it’s number 5022)- like I said, hard to find, but worth it if you do!
These two books stand out to me as books that I’ll always keep and reread. Books that have helped me draw closer to God. I am really excited to start reading these again. Every now and then we all need a reminder of where we really stand with God and how he can use us. And of course the Bible is the best place to go for that. But these books have also helped me realize God’s love for me, and taught me how to have a better relationship with him.
What are the books that have encouraged you, or touched your heart, or shown you God’s truths? Have you read either one of these two books, and if so what did you think of them? I would love to hear your thoughts.
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!