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I have another batch of book recommendations for you all! I hope you are blessed by these books as much as they have blessed me over the past two years!
- Summer Letters by Craig Bowler – Craig Bowler is the pastor of Sanctuary church in Acworth, GA (I think its Acworth). I have known him since I was 10. He was first my soccer coach, then pastor to some of my close friends. I love his family and their joy for life as well as their vulnerability. This book is a series of letters that he wrote over a summer sabbatical. It is incredibly vulnerable and rare. Few people bare their souls so bravely as he has in this book. But it has been one of the most helpful to me. Reading it is a challenge to me to be more vulnerable with others, because there is something about it that has the potential to bring powerful healing to ourselves and others. It is also a challenge to slow down and look within. There are things stirring and murking (hope thats a word) around in all of us that we need to let Jesus deal with. I hope this book gives you the strength to start that process.
- Live Like a Narnian by Joe Rigney – Over the past few years I have frequently replayed this lecture by Joe Rigney at a conference about C.S Lewis : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E_RhiZhC_s . So when I found out that this book existed, I immediately ordered it. This book is all about how Lewis has artfully taught us about the heart of God through his Narnian stories. We learn about true manhood not through a detailed exposition of Scripture, but through the Laughing Heart of King Lune of Archland. We learn about womanhood through the character of Lucy, who shows hospitality but also rides to war. Lewis shows us how the world tries to make us forget God by comparing it to a witch casting a spell on Eustace and Jill. Rigney shows us in this book how Lewis has taken the wisdom he has gleaned from the Scriptures and fleshed it out for us in fictional form. I hope it helps you see truths in a fresh light.
- You and Me Forever by Francis & Lisa Chan – Kyle and I started reading this book before we got married, and I admit we have not yet finished it yet. But I love it. Every chapter draws your mind to the fact that your marriage is not about you. The Chans emphasize in this book that there is no strategy that will fix your marriage. There is no special secret to the perfect marriage. The truths are found right before us in our Bible, and the power to carry them out lives in us. The Holy Spirit is in us, ready and willing to conform us to the image of Christ. The book emphasizes that our marriages are about eternity, and it is when we loose sight of that is when our marriages will go off the rails. It draws your mind to the fact that your marriage is meant to be a powerful tool in the hand of a mighty God for His glory.
- The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler – The title comes from a Hebrew word for love: dod. It refers specifically to sexual love, two souls mingling together. As I am writing this post I just got lost in re-reading the book. This book freed me and continues to free me in understanding that no marriage is perfect. Its messy, and we are all working through it.
- Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp – This book is a guide to Christian Counseling. It teaches you about the ins and outs of sanctification, and discipleship. Even if you never plan on counseling in any kind of official capacity, it will make you a better Christian, discipler, and friend.
These are some great ones! Check them out and let me know what you think. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.