Book of the Week: One Thousand Gifts by @AnnVoskamp

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

 One-Thousand-Gifts-book-coverWhy I picked up this book:

This book was given as a gift. I heard the author, Ann Voskamp, speak at the Festival of Faith and Writing Conference a few years ago, and have been longing to read One Thousand Gifts ever since.

Who Should Read One Thousand Gifts:

This book is a New York Times bestseller. It seems like almost everybody has already read it…many of them before me. As I completed my seminary studies, One Thousand Gifts patiently waited on my shelf along so many other classics. I finally picked it up to prepare my heart during the Season of Advent. It was an encouraging reminder to remain grateful, even in the small things. This is a reminder that you and I need now and always. Read this book and count all the ways you have to commune with God, experience His presence, and be grateful.

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Book of the Week: Found in Him

Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ

Found in Him book coverWhy I picked up this book:

This book was given as a gift. I cannot tell you how overjoyed I am to regularly receive theological and thoughtful books that are authored by women. I am delighted to finally have the time to read many of them.

Who Should Read Found in Him:

The first thing I address when mentoring and discipling a person is the question: How do you see God? Knowing and loving God shapes and changes everything about how we see the world. Knowing and loving God also shapes the way that we view ourselves and how we respond to others. At the beginning of the mentoring season, I recall one of the mentees saying to me, “I know about God, but what I really need to better understand is Jesus.” The Bible makes it clear that we cannot fully know God if we do not fully know Jesus (John 14:6-7, 1 John 2:23). Therefore, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to see Jesus and the Father who sent him. I also recommend this book to those who desire to better understand and embrace his or her relationship with Christ.

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Book Review: Teach Us to Want

Teach Us to Want book coverTeach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition & the Life of Faith

Why I picked up this book:

This book is authored by Jen Pollock Michel of the Redbud Writer’s Guild in which I am a member, so I try to support these women as I am able. Additionally, I thought, “A book about desire and being a Christian. Who writes about that? Is it even allowed?” I was intrigued.

Who Should Read Teach Us to Want:

This is a liberating book…I don’t mean liberating in an embrace “feminism and run to the hills” type of way. The book frees readers from the shame and guilt that sometimes accompanies our desires, even the good ones. It’s a beautiful gift to the universal church, and is beneficial for anyone who is wondering, “Is it okay to want? Does God care about my desires?”

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