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!
July 24th, 2008 at 8:08 pm
I love reading, too! As a teenager I would also spend long summer afternoons completely engrossed in a book. I can’t wait to read your review on each one of these.>>Happy Thankful Thursday!
July 24th, 2008 at 10:07 pm
Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us. I enjoy reading too. Glad you are able to own and read many books. Enjoy reading! Take care and God bless.
July 24th, 2008 at 10:36 pm
Another bookworm here. Ok, not quite a bookworm LOL but I do love to read. Will come back to check your reviews on the books.>>Have a blessed weekend!
July 24th, 2008 at 10:59 pm
Girlfriend, you’ve GOT to come to our new ministry facility! We have a Christian lend-loan library with close to 2,000 books for all ages. Come in the fall when the leaves are changing. We’ll curl up on the couch in front of the fireplace (yes, our new ministry facility has a fire place!) and read, sip tea and enjoy our friendship. It’s an open, sincere invitation my friend…. anytime!
July 24th, 2008 at 11:16 pm
Reading is an awesome blessing my friend. I look forward to your book reviews. I love you.
July 24th, 2008 at 11:28 pm
Oooh, Max Lucado is one of my faves. Please, let me know what you think about this book! Blessings to you!
July 25th, 2008 at 12:48 am
We were not raised to read.. I did not read my first book until I was 21 living in England…… I had time on my hands and began to read.. I found a world that I did not know…… Now I read a LOT but mostly in the winter… I love Max L…… it is one of two favorites…… the other is Frank Peretti ….I read everything they write….. I want to read the other one, Behind those eyes but sometimes I am afraid of what it will show…… You sound so much like myself,,,,, so fearful and insecure and still at my age not sure of who I really am…. it would be nice to know…. I will listen to hear what you say about it and it might be something I read this winter…. I have so many books here at home and now that I have found my blog sisters I need to start sending them along…….. >Love ya gal and I am always encouraged to press in after leaving your blog…….. We so need each other as we see the world that we know changing before our very eyes…….>>Hugs
July 25th, 2008 at 8:40 am
Thanks Angie for this post… I have quite a collection myself.. thinking of putting them in the church library(some Christian Fiction too) I just read “The Shack” LOVED IT!!! Though I feel that you should be very grounded in your faith not to be distracted by what the author is saying.>I love, love, love Max Lucado!! As you know our church just did 3:16 Numbers of Hope, wonderful book!!
July 25th, 2008 at 11:56 am
I love to read, but don’t do nearly as much as I’d like. Hubby and I are heading to the beach in about a month, though…sounds like any one of these would make great oceanside reading! Thanks for the scoop! >>Have a blessed weekend!>Tracy
July 25th, 2008 at 3:36 pm
United we stand, sister!! I’m rarin’ to go with you!>>I bought behind the eyes but haven’t started it yet…>>Blessings! Kathy
July 25th, 2008 at 4:38 pm
i just wrote a post on my blog about my reading (its suppose to be humorous, but i don’t know if people get that)>>i read for women only and boy, was that an eye opener! behind those eyes looks seriously good. i hadn’t heard of it. i may need to go to the christian bookstore and buy it. >>thanks for sharing your thankful list.
July 25th, 2008 at 7:42 pm
I love reading also. I am currently reading Redeming Love..Oh my I can hardly put it down. So, because it is soo good ..I have put the other books on hold.LOL>Thanks for the encouragement to “suit UP” >>Have a fabulous day!>Blessings,>Darlene
July 26th, 2008 at 1:53 pm
Angie:>I’m reading Lisa’s book also. Great read. In addition, getting geared up for Fall Bible study. We’re using Alicia Britt Chole’s “Anonymous: Jesus’ Hidden Years and Yours.” FABULOUS!!!! I’m going to do a promo on it next week via the blog. Be watching. There will be a give away of course.>>Hope all is well with you. Family returns late tonight from Bolivia. Thank you Lord!>>peace~elaine
July 26th, 2008 at 6:21 pm
We were readin’ fools growing up! We lived in the rural high desert of Southern California and turned to books real early as a form of fine entertainment. We even read our World Book Encyclopedias when we had nothing else to read~~~LOL! It was amazing.> I love the phrase”…Our primary task is to be prepared and peaceful as we wait…..”good advice!>Suit up! Yes!
July 27th, 2008 at 5:33 pm
Love this post. I am a bookworm myself. I can spend hours in a bookstore and not get bored. I started limiting my visits though since I never seem to leave one empty handed:) Looking forward to reading your reviews.