I give full credit for this post to the lovely author of Sarah Bessey: the intersections of a spirit-filled life. When I read in the first few lines of her post that her punishment as a child was to have her books taken away, I thought, “We should so be best friends.” (Mother, if you are reading, I still remember when you confiscated Nancy Drew. Of course I’m not still mad. That would be ridiculous. Just saying….I remember. )
Anyway, Sarah is sharing 10 books a day this week on her blog in the following categories:
Go and browse her bookshelf for the 10 books that changed her faith HERE. It’s a fabulous list with many of my personal favorites. So, with a mind to my teacher friends looking for a good read and a wish that all of you will find some quiet time on a beach at some point soon, I thought I’d take Sarah up on her invitation and follow along with a few of my own favorites. No promises for the rest of the week, but I’ve already been working on a list in Sunday’s genre for my “Excellent Reads” tab, so here ya go.
My Spiritual Superheroes
First, I’d like to share five of the books that helped define my faith during that adolescent time of doubt when I transitioned from blind acceptance into questioning why I believed what I believed. I fully embrace that doubt is one of the most important parts of faith as it leads us to search actively for answers and take ownership for our beliefs. These authors answered my questions and helped explain Christianity, grace, forgiveness, and the amazing love of God in a way that took permanent root in my heart.
1. Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
2. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
3. God Came Near, by Max Lucado
4. The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel
5. Experiencing God, by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King
The next five books are more recent reads, but over the past year, they have re-ignited a passion for my faith, and I believe they have helped me begin to discover more of God’s purpose for my life. They’ve convinced me that the modern church often looks drastically different from what it should, and they have given me a new understanding of Isaiah 58, Matthew 25, and other scriptures that tell me to BE the hands and feet. Seems God was kinda serious about that, and I’m slowly and imperfectly stumbling my way into figuring out what that looks like in my life. In other words, these folks are trying hard to completely screw up my typical American life.
6. Interrupted and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, by Jen Hatmaker
7. The Barefoot Church, by Brandon Hatmaker
8. Crazy Love, by Francis Chan
9. The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne
10. Fast Living: How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty, by Scott C. Todd
I’d put handy Amazon links to the books or lovely pictures of their snazzy covers, but I feel like you’re probably capable of finding that yourself if you so desire, and I’ve got the late-night munchies, so I’m going to go raid the fridge for leftover ribs and Limoncello cupcakes from today’s family cookoff instead. I did make some amazing cupcakes, and even though I didn’t win the coveted barbecue-pig trophy, I will share the link to the recipe for those little beauties HERE.
Here’s a picture of my attempt. 🙂 Cupcakes and books: my two favorite things in the world deserve to be together.