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My favorite daily prayer for the past few years has been, “God, I want to know you more.” He meets me in this prayer in hundreds of unexpected ways. One of those ways is through books that speak truth about him. I’ll share a few with you that have met me in this season.
Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way met me in cold January. I learned about Shauna Niequist because we’ve lived in the same state. Sweet Michigan. I felt I wanted to read words from someone who had a little in common with me, but reading this book taught me that we have a whole lot more in common than I thought.
Shauna shared truths about her season of miscarriage that changed me. I was coming through a season of having two miscarriages and I was struggling to find our great big gracious God in those moments. Shauna helped me find Him. More than that, she helped me know Him more.
After Reading Bittersweet, I hosted a group at church about Lysa TerKeurst’s book Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions. In Unglued, Lysa TerKeurst taught me that “our emotions are indicators not dictators”, and she helped me find the ways that I was letting my emotions take over. Then she took me through biblical ways to find “imperfect progress”.
It was the perfect group book! Unglued helped me meet women who had similar struggles in their Christian lives and find grace in real life women who believed in the progress we were making together.
What’s more, Lysa’s beautiful words helped me learn how God meets us in our responses.
After reading Unglued, I read Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That’s Been Hiding. Leeana Tankersley’s brave words brought me to learn so much about myself. She challenged me to expand to meet all of the things God had placed in my life. She also reminded me that I was created by the greatest artist ever, and God has given each of us a bit of his artistry.
She met me with grace through her courage. I found real ways to live Brazenly, and met the spring with these revelations.
I don’t do devotionals like normal people, so around my birthday in April I started Shauna Niequist’s new devotional Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are.
Her daily devotional is exactly what I needed this year. Shauna brings her readers a Bible verse, a devotional and a small challenge or question to take into your day. Shauna also blesses us with some of her favorite recipes, because she believes in the spiritual practice of feeding people.
Through her nourishing words and thoughtful humility, she has met me daily with what it means to be a Christ follower in real life.
The sweet blessing of Leeana Tankersley’s words came to me again in her newest book, Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest. I bought this book because I’ve found I believe in Leeana Tankersley’s words, but I didn’t believe yet that I needed to Begin Again.
Her book surprised me. I had no idea how much I needed it until I was firmly in the throws of Beginning Again with her. She met me in truth about being a mother, a wife, and a woman. She taught me how to bring my vulnerabilities to God and release them into his care.
When I finished Begin Again, I found a book that truly is for every single person on God’s green earth: Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People. Bob Goff meets his readers with humor and challenges us to love the way Jesus did.
He taught me truths about who Jesus really was that led me to read the gospels one by one. Bob Goff met me with a challenge, “What if I told you this was actually an intervention and all the people you know have been calling and asking me to break some news to you: that you can no longer continue to be the person you’ve been?”
I can promise, if you read just one of these books you will know God a little more. Our God is so great and gracious. There is so much we have yet to learn from him and about him, and I love learning.
Do you have a favorite book at the moment? Where has God met you in books lately?