I set a goal in January of 2018 to read more books.
“He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
With that in mind, one of the best ways to love the Lord with your mind is to always be learning and using the mind He’s given you in a way that glorifies Him.
There is always benefit in reading for yourself,and whether that be the Bible, spiritual books, or even fiction. But whatever it is you read, make sure it’s edifying, uplifting, and to God’s glory. Nothing is as disappointing as time wasted; you can never get it back.
So here’s what I’ve read so far this year along with star ratings out of 5 possible for entertainment value, educational value, ease of reading, length of time to get through, and overall worthwhile:
- The Joyful Christian by C.S. Lewis
This one is a collection of writings by C.S. Lewis from various works including The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity and more. My star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Last Lion by William Manchester (still working on this one, it’s a two volume set)
This one I downloaded on Audible because actually reading a two volume set seems outrageous. Its a biography on Winston Churchill and contains quite a bit of history. That said, I’ve been able to plug away listening to it, large portions as I was in labor and during my hospital stay with baby #3. I’ve enjoyed it so far. My star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
I listened to this (Audible is fabulous) on recommendation from LeighAnn Dutton of Intentional by Grace. She put out a list of recommended reading and this one really convicted me and inspired new fervor in my daily discipline of walking with the Lord. My star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- A Full Quiver by Rick and Jan Hess
This book was given to me by a woman at church. She was one of the only truly encouraging voices as we welcomed our third child, and herself raised 5 children after her husband left the family, and never worked, and never went on public aid. She and her family are truly a testimony of the power of God to provide when we walk in obedience to His will. The book encouraged and affirmed what I already believed to be true regarding children from God’s perspective and I am more firmly rooted in my convictions than ever. My star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis
This is allegory of Lewis’ own conversion to Christianity and a response to The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. I really enjoyed it, but I do find allegory challenging to read simply because my mind automatically seeks the symbolism and I found at times my mind would wander away from the story toward some presumed deeper meaning and it ended up taking me forever to get through. Love C.S. Lewis though! My star rating: ⭐⭐⭐ (for length of time it took to get through it)
- All the Way Home by Mary Pride
This one was recommended reading in A Full Quiver. Not realizing it was a sequel to The Way Home, I was a little disappointed that there were so many references to the other book, which I haven’t read. Not only that, it’s a bit dated having been published in the 80s/early 90s. I do have a hard time deciding if I don’t care for it because it doesn’t speak to reality in my family, or if I’m actually convicted by it. Perhaps a little of both. I think I would have preferred to read the other book first. Mary’s writing style can be a bit abrasive and at times a bit condescending, but I take it with a grain of salt and appreciate the place of dependency on Christ from which it comes. My star rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these or have other recommendations!