Daily Archives: July 24, 2008

Thankful I can READ!

My Thankful Thursday is a bit out of the ordinary….but then…aren’t we all??? Visit Iris for more Thankful hearts…sharing all the incredible things we are thankful for!

Having books coming out of my ears (eyes) is a blessing. I should have bought stock in Barnes & Noble; Borders; Books-a-million; and for SURE LifeWay a long time ago. Reading is a wonderful way to have a quick “get-away” anytime you have a few minutes.

I remember when I was a young teen—I spent MANY hours stretched across the bed on Saturdays after all the chores were completed reading…visiting far away lands. Now, that is what I call fun!

With gas prices sky-rocketing even further…pay a visit to your local bookstore. You can find a plethora of adventure variety! Here’s a peek at what I am currently engrossed in….and when I finish…I will give you MY take on these awesome reads!

What I am reading: Lisa Whittle’s Behind Those Eyes takes you on a journey of an incredible investigation of “self”—or at least it has for me. Revealing to me–the “who-what-why’s of my personality. She has shown me (for I am continually trying to squash it) my insecurities, fears and lack of confidence among many other things..I haven’t yet discovered (because I am STILL reading) . She invites you to take a good look at who you are – and who God created you to be – she encourages a return to authenticity and biblical truth. To GET REAL!! She invites me to KNOW the real me–you know..the one without the “makeup”. (Kind of scary!)

“For Women ONLY.” This is one amazing book. Shaunti Feldhahn has absolutely shined a light in a “sometimes” dark corner of many of our lives….”the brain of our men”! I’m only into chapter three—-but I can already tell, this is one I encourage you to read if you’re married or plan to be married!

What’s going on in there? “Ever been totally confused by something your man has said or done? Want to understand his secret desires and fears, his daily battles that you know nothing about? Shaunti Feldhahn takes you beneath the surface into the inner lives of men. For Women Only is about the things we just don’t “get” about guys. With findings from a groundbreaking national survey and personal interviews of over one thousand men, Feldhahn presents eye-opening revelations you need not only to understand the man in your life, but to support and love him in the way he needs to be loved. Grounded in biblical hope, you’ll discover how to love your man for who he really is—not who you think he is.” (From Back Cover Copy.)

One of my all time favorite authors….Max. Max Lucado to be precise. Here’s the copy from the back of his book, “When Christ Comes.”

“Would you like to discuss the end of time and feel better because of it? Or to hear some truly comforting words regarding the return of Christ? Thoughts of the Second Coming are unsettling. Open graves and occupied clouds. Sins revealed and evil unveiled. Yet, for Max Lucado, the coming of Christ will be “the beginning of the very best.” In “When Christ Comes”, Max shares how Christians can live in hope, confident in His comfort and peaceful in our preparations for His return. Regarding that day, Jesus urged, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust in me” (John 14:1).

Max Lucado believes the day Christ comes will be the “beginning of the very best.” Our primary task is to be prepared and peaceful as we wait. If you have some questions about the end of time…if you have concerns about what will happen to you…if you like to look to the end of times as a source of comfort and not chaos…this is the right book.”

AND last but definitely NOT least….my Bible. My sword. My weapon of warfare that seems to be a constant these days. And we were warned that it would be this way. So, do we sit about in our easy-chairs, listening to classical music and let the war rage on??? Not if you intend to win this battle.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV (emphasis mine)

To win…we must fight well. To fight well we must be armed.

Ladies you know what to do. Suit-up!