As a new years resolution for 2019, I decided to push myself to read at least 25 books this year (about a book every 2 weeks). I'll be posting my reads here so you can follow along!
#1: Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist (January 2019)
Shauna has recently become one of my favorite authors of all time. She writes honestly from anecdotes of her life, exploring deeper truths about God and she walks humbly through the unknown of parenthood, marriage, and self-discovery. This book helped me to gain perspective during a difficult season.
#2: The Sacred Enneagram by Christopher L. Heuertz (February 2019)
Influenced by one of my good friends, I've started to become very interested in the Enneagram, a pop culture personality test. Little do most people know, the Enneagram is rooted in Christianity. This book takes you through the 9 personality types and how you best relate to God. I found it helpful, but definitely a slow start due to the historical introduction.
#3: A Call to Prayer by JC Ryle (February 2019)
As a part of a reading list from my church, this book was for the month of Feb. It's more of a pamphlet (about 45 pages), but is SUPER helpful. It walks through 7 different reasons why prayer is so important. This was super convicting for me and I'm taking it to heart.
#4: Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem (March 2019)
This short read was required for an 8 week beliefs class as a part of our church. Each week we discussed basic principles of Christianity and specifically to our nondenominational church beliefs. This book was super helpful in gaining a better theological understanding.
#5: Holy Fire by R.T. Kendall (March 2019)
Book number 5 was also a part of the assigned reading for the church plant discussing various modes of the Holy Spirit. If you aren't familiar with this third entity of God, I would recommend this one!
#6 Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster (April 2019)
Number 6 is another church plant read. This one is definitely for all the concrete, 'black and white' folks out there, if you will. If you like very little fluff and a book that cuts right to the chase, this is for you!
#7 The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (April 2019)
Anything by C.S. Lewis is always a favorite of mine. Another church plant read, this book gives insight into how Satan and other unclean spirit may be working in your life and others in order to keep you from advancing God's kingdom. Such an interesting perspective!
#8 Power Evangelism by John Wimber (April 2019)
A new take on how evangelism can be utilized with the power of the Holy Spirit in hand rather than street corner preaching. Quick read, but not my favorite; although, lots of good info and anecdotes!