five favorite books about faith

January 24, 2013

This morning the #shereadstruth devotion spoke about replacing toxic thoughts with God’s truth.  As I shared with you last week, over the past year I let myself drift away from actively doing this, and negative/fearful/discontented thoughts began to take over. One of the best ways I know how to dwell on a subject is to read about it, so I wanted to tell you about my five favorite books about faith. Keep in mind that I haven’t read anything in this area for awhile (I need to! Give me your recommendations!) so there’s nothing recent here. Thankfully these stand the test of time.

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Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. It was hard to pick one C.S. Lewis book, especially since I took a class on him in college that really increased my knowledge, love, and respect. This book, though, articulates so much of what I think and feel at a deep level but hadn’t been able to express. It makes sense and speaks true to human nature. My copy is completely marked up. As a runner up I choose The Weight of Glory which is not technically a book but a sermon, but it makes me ache inside – in a good way.

Practicing His Presence by Brother Lawrence & Frank Laubach. Brother Lawrence was a monk in the 1600’s, and he wrote about experiencing and being aware of God’s presence constantly, in the most mundane or busy times of life. Frank Laubach was a missionary in the early 1900’s who wrote about putting this into practice in his own life. This small book was given to me by a friend in college and it was transformative. Every so often I reread it and am still blown away by the simple wisdom. The ideas presented in it are still my favorite way to think about prayer and being with God.

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The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. This is an incredible story of a family during the Holocaust. It taught me what it really means to have faith.

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott. Aside from being beautifully written, I learned so much about what it means to love God – and let him love me – as a flawed person. I hadn’t ever heard of Anne Lamott or read anything like this before it was recommended to me by one of my best friends so I was kind of blown away.

Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore. This amazing story about an unlikely friendship challenged what I knew about love, marriage, and ministry. At one point I was even ugly crying on a public bus and I could not even help it. Once I finished it I wanted to tell everyone I saw the entire story.

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FYI – This is the beginning of a mini-series on my favorite books & it was inspired by Hollywood Housewife

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    From lauren w:

    I LOVE Anne Lamott!!!!!!!!!!

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