“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
That’s not true. I’ve never been much of a “big kid” book reader. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be- I just haven’t ever made much time for books that are longer than 20 pages and don’t have cute illustrations- ha!
A writer once said, “I don’t like writing. I like having written”.
I think that’s how I feel about reading non-fiction books. I like having read them. 😉
But here’s the thing: I don’t want to let another year slide by without having read any great grown-up books just because reading them doesn’t feel automatic to me. I want to make time for twelve non-fiction books this year. One per month. And I don’t want to read them just to force myself to read them. I want to really absorb them so that I can (hopefully) learn from and (hopefully) be challenged by them. I want to discover why my family and friends recommended them in the first place, and hopefully be able to recommend them to other folks that are looking for similar stories.
My friend, Suzanne, gave me a book called Fervent for Christmas.
It was written by Priscilla Shirer and I decided straightaway it would be my January book. I thought, surely, it would take me the whole month to finish, but Priscilla made it easy to finish two weeks ahead of schedule. Her writing style is conversational and clever and she kept me interested from start to finish. That reminds me, did you see War Room? Wow. So, so good! And that reminds me, you know what I like about movies? No reading. (Kidding!) 😉
Okay so, I’m no professional book reviewer (clearly), but here are three things I really enjoyed about Fervent:
- I am very interested in aligning my weakling spirit with the full force of God’s Holy Spirit, and this book is all about tapping into the power of heaven through intentional, deliberate, strategic prayer, so that we can watch it reverberate in our experiences.
- Chapter 1, or as Priscilla titled it, ‘Strategy 1- Your Passion, Getting It Back When It’s Gone’ was incredible. I don’t want to spoil it, but in a nutshell, Priscilla shares and unpacks a story from 2 Kings that I had never heard, and I couldn’t read it out loud to Kevin fast enough. SO powerful and SUCH an impactful message.
- Through this book, God used Priscilla to remind me that He doesn’t want something from me, He wants something for me, and that my value is not in what I do, but in who I am.
- She challenged me to think about what dominates and defines me. Is it life’s pressures and demands? Or will my service and adoration of the Lord determine how I operate — determine what fills my plate?
My February book is The Hole In Our Gospel (which, so far, is one of the most thought-provoking and important books I have EVER read!) and I can hardly wait to share a blog post about it next month. After that, I’m excited to read (an advance copy of) my friend Shannan’s book, Falling Free, (which comes out in September!) and For The Love by Jen Hatmaker (she wrote the Foreword in my friend Shannan’s book, by the way!). Beyond that, I’m not sure. I’d love to hear which other non-fiction books you highly, highly recommend. Thanks in advance if you have any “most impactful book EVER” titles to share! 🙂