7 Great Reads

I love stories. More than I can even explain. It's like I get swept up in them and have to know the ending. I love them in every form. I love listening to someone tell a good story even if I've heard it a million times before they never get old. I will even get wrapped up in a TV show I don't really care about, if I watch just even a little part of an episode. 

But more than any other form, I love books. I love their smell and the way the feel in my hands. I love the little lines that appear on the spine of a big paperback. I love rereading old books and noticing where I've folded pages. I'm not a night owl in the slightest but I will stay up into the wee hours of the night to just to know what happens next. 

Another thing I love almost as much as reading is sharing! So I'd thought I would share the books I've read this Spring! 

Bread & Wine: A Love letter to Life around the table

Shauna Niquest | Essays

“When you offer peace instead of division, when you offer faith instead of fear, when you offer someone a place at your table instead of keeping them out because they’re different or messy or wrong somehow, you represent the heart of Christ.” 

Harry Potter (Order of the Pheonix- Deathly Hallows) 

J.K. Rowling | Fiction

“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

"We've all got both light and dark in us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are."

"All was well"

Knowing God

J.I. Packer | Theology

“What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance, and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God?” 

The Creative Habit

Twyla Tharp | Creativity

“I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” 

“There's nothing wrong with fear; the only mistake is to let it stop you in your tracks.” 

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Eric Metaxas | Biography

“The family trees of Karl and Paula Bonhoeffer are everywhere so laden with figures of accomplishment that one might expect future generations to be burdened by it all. But the welter of wonderfulness that was their heritage seemed to have been a boon, one that buoyed them up so that each child seems not only to have stood on the shoulders of giants but also to have danced on them.” 

“Little did these theologically ignorant Nazis know that the man with whom they were dealing had worked out a theological defense of deception against the likes of them. In some ways he was their worst nightmare. He was not a “worldly” or “compromised” pastor, but a pastor whose very devotion to God depended on his deceiving the evil powers ranged against him. He was serving God by taking them all for a long ride.” 

Shadow of Self

Brandon Sanderson | Fantasy 

“Our accents are clothing for our thoughts, my dear,” Wayne said. “Without them, everything we say would be stripped bare, and we might as well be screaming at one another."

"She had a way of pouring everything of herself into what she did. When she fought, she was the blade. When she loved, she was the kiss. In that regard, she was far more … human than any I have known.” 

Radient: 50 Remarkable Women in Church History

Richard M. Hannula | Biography

"Although life was very hard Margaret clung to Christ . . . Years later, her son James wrote about his mother, 'She proved to be an equal, true and kind yoke-fellow to my father. Despite many troubles she suffered at the hands of the king's cruel savages, she was never heard nor seen to show the least discontent with her lot. Her cheerful acceptance and sincere sympathy with him was a great comfort and encouragement . . .' "

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