*This is an article that I wrote months ago but just got the chance to post it (because life, family, kids, moving, pregnancy etc.)
Saw this picture some days ago on the Instagram page @desiringgod and made me think more of my shelves filled with books.
I have set a goal that I will not let a day pass without reading something. Even if it’s reading just for some minutes, or reading very little: a short article or some pages of a book.
Reading has many benefits but the most important thing is that, as John Piper says, we will read not for quantity in the futile desire to impress someone. That we may read for our souls.
To be inspired, encouraged, trained to live all-out for God.
With this being said, I have made a list with some (I say some because there are so many good readings out there) of the most helpful books in this matter.
Again, this is just what I recommend, the books that helped me to meditate more of God, think more in depth of who He actually is and how I can “live all-out for Him”.
- “A Lamp for My Feet” – Elisabeth Elliot
- “Crazy Love” – Francis Chan
- “Spiritual Multiplication in the Real World” – Bob McNabb
- “Images and idols: Creativity for the Christian Life” – Thomas J. Terry & J. Ryan Lister
- “Sing!” – Keith and Kristyn Getty
- “When People are Big and God is Small” – Edward T. Welch
- I read this book so loooong ago but I would reread it over and over again. Is that good. It would be an understatement to say that Elisabeth Elliot is such a great writer and such a powerful example of godly women.
Her understanding of Scripture and her deep, personal relationship with God is what makes this book still so actual and real. But what is even more amazing is that with every story she writes, she points everything to God.
I absolutely love what she writes in the Introduction, talking about her book:
“…I most emphatically do not mean it to be read in place of Bible and meditation. It is only meant to be a help. If you only have five minutes, don’t read my book, read God’s. It will be a lamp for your feet.”
2. If you are a Christian probably you heard so many good things about this book already and my words will be in vain. Just rent or buy a copy and read it.
3. I have found this book to be so practical and I keep coming back to it every time I need to remind myself of Gods promises for my life, but also for practical advice and teaching about reproducing disciple makers. From learning what a discipleship process should look like to understanding how to help new believers to grow into mature children of God and reproduce, this book is a must read.
Dr. Bob McNabb is not only contributing from his experience in making disciples in different cultures, but he points back to Jesus ministry: how He was doing ministry and how He was the best Disciple Maker that ever existed.
4. Among all the books listed here, this one is my number one favorite (after the Bible, of course – this should not even be mentioned). Maybe I like it because my husband gave it to me, proving again how awesome he is in knowing my taste in books and knowing exactly what I needed to read. I say this because this book is all about Creativity.
I am reading and reading and highlighting almost every single phrase of this book, haha. My husband suggested that I should actually highlight the parts that I don’t want to be highlighted because it would take me less time. Yes, read it! It will definitely help you to create for His glory, as you reflect He who creates, using your special gift for Him.
5. The books that I am recommending are going to help you live all out for God, marking different areas in which you can grow. From learning how to make disciples (no. 3 on my list), to the creativity part (no. 4), to this one that is all about worship.
After you read this book you will sing with your whole heart for God’s glory and you will be equipped to teach others how they should do the same.
6. Presenting a harsh reality, “When People are Big and God is Small” will point you back to God’s Word and help you realize that He is the only one you need to fear, not man.
It will shake you and wake you up to reality, but it will not leave you there. It will show you God’s Word and point you to the grace found in Jesus.