Books That Challenge Me

KT_Head_RTI love to read and occasionally I like to post what I’ve been reading in the hopes that these books can challenge others as well.  God has gifted so many in the area of writing and I’ve gleaned little treasures from some wonderful books through the years.  Here is what is impacting me currently:

  1. Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning – I read this book or portions of it at least once a year.  I don’t know anyone who writes more honestly or sincerely about the grace of God and our desperate need for it. He challenges me to look at things from a different perspective and I love that.  Brennan finished his race here on earth a few months ago and he will be greatly missed.
  2. The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen – What a powerful book about the parable of the Prodigal Son.  I never realized I resembled not only the prodigal, but also naturally the elder son.  Most importantly, I should strive to resemble the Father in the story. What a great reminder.
  3. Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women by Carolyn Custis James – Have you ever heard the term ezer-warrior?  Carolyn discusses this term and what it means to be a woman today and an ezer-warrior for the Kingdom of God.  Women are strong and brave and it’s time we step up to our battle positions for His Kingdom!
  4. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson – This book has forever changed my prayer life.  What do you want God to do for you?  Is it ok to even ask that question?  Mark talks candidly about deep desires and what happens when we seek God earnestly and “pray through” for His inspired desires in our lives.
  5. The Freedom Of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller – This is a power-packed little book.  It’s only 44 pages long, but I have most of it highlighted.  “What are the marks of a supernaturally changed heart?  A truly gospel-humble person is not a self-hating person or a self-loving person, but a self-forgetful person.”  Wow.  A deeply convicting book.

I would love to hear from you if you’ve read any of these books or if you want to share others that are impacting you right now.

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