Did you know that Valentine’s Day is also Library Lover’s Day? I didn’t or I might have celebrated with a trip to my local branch. There are so many digital options that are cheap, easy and convenient for reading these days. But I still love a library (and a librarian – Hi, Mom!). I don’t know if it is the sheer volume of potentially impactful books or the memories I have with libraries, but they hold a certain romance for me.
Someone asked me a very intriguing book related question recently that I now want to ask you. “Besides the Bible, what other books have made the most impact on your spiritual life?”
I confess that I went threw a stage a few years back when I had so many “spiritual” books I wanted to read that I relied on them almost exclusively for scripture. The Holy Spirit convicted me of the danger of only ever reading an author-selected verse without context and the writer’s commentary on said verse.
But God has truly gifted some people to teach the Bible, and many do it well in book form. So I didn’t throw out all books on biblical matters. There is too much wisdom to be gleaned there. But I make sure to take a more balanced approach to how much time I spend reading ABOUT God’s Word and reading God’s actual word.
There is a lot of hooey out there. And no less hooey labeled as “Christian”. We must be discerning in what we choose to influence us. So I thought we could help each other. I want to share my list of spiritually impactful books. And I hope you will help me by commenting with at least one book you would recommend to me.
So here is my list:
Spiritually Impactful Books
- Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science by Drew Dyck
- The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament by Aubrey Sampson
- Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture by Wendy Alsup
- Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard by Ashleigh Slater
- Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin
- The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: And English Professor’s Journey Into Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
- I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Truth and Love by Tim Muehlhoff
- It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa TerKeurst
Happy reading! And don’t forget to share your recommendations with us!
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