You didn’t think I’d skip suggesting books this Christmas, did you? Even though I’ve been in the thick of writing I’m still reading. My kindle is piling up with a stack for 2021 as well and I’m so excited to replace some writing hours with additional reading time. I’ve got some suggestions for you to add to your wish lists this Christmas!
Let’s face it. A lot of Christian resources can feel cheesy, out-of-touch, and a little boring. But when Skye Jethani started doodling and writing up some of his thoughts about God, his Twitter and email list blew up. What If Jesus Was Serious? is a compilation of all-new reflections (and hand-drawn doodles) from Skye. He takes a look at some of Jesus’ most demanding teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and pushes us to ask whether we’re really hearing what Christ is saying. The visual component of the book makes it memorable and enjoyable to read, and Skye’s incisive reflections make it worthwhile for any Christian. If you’ve traditionally been dissatisfied with Christian devotional resources but love to learn about Jesus and think deeply, this book was written for you.
We become what we behold…
Bestselling author and artist Ruth Chou Simons invites you on a new journey to Beholding and Becoming. With more than 850 pieces of intricate, original artwork, Ruth encourages you to elevate your gaze to the One who created all things.
Today is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His love and His faithfulness in the midst of your mundane. No circumstance is too ordinary or too forgotten for Him to meet you there in worship. His transforming grace turns your “everyday ordinary” into a holy place of becoming.
I also have the guided companion and I love this journal for my devotional times. This book is too gorgeous to write in, and yet it’s so deep I find myself taking notes every time I turn a page.
“Who am I becoming?”
That was the question nagging pastor and author John Mark Comer. Outwardly, he appeared successful. But inwardly, things weren’t pretty. So he turned to a trusted mentor for guidance and heard these words:
“Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life.”
It wasn’t the response he expected, but it was—and continues to be—the answer he needs. Too often we treat the symptoms of toxicity in our modern world instead of trying to pinpoint the cause. A growing number of voices are pointing at hurry, or busyness, as a root of much evil.
Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a fascinating roadmap to staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world.
Most of us don’t realize we are in the midst of a battle and have no idea what the end goal of this life actually is. The majority of us have been misled by the lies of our culture, and all of us have asked the question, “How am I going to deal with this?” or made the statement, “I’m just not motivated at the moment.”
As a Church, as Christians, and as followers of Jesus Christ we so often forget, as we all desperately search and scramble for what we want and need in this life, that all those desires we are chasing can be found in the same place and are given by the same person.
Fill Your Cup for Christ takes you on the spiritual journey of an everyday sleepwalking cradle Catholic who was searching to get more out of his faith life. Kramer Soderberg—through stories, strategies, and some in-your-face coaching tactics—helps his readers grow in their relationship with Jesus, enhance their understanding of Catholic Church teaching, and igniting the desire to become the saint God is calling all of us all to be. Simple, genuine, and easy to read, Fill Your Cup for Christ is a life-changing book for Christians in all stages of life!
I spent a few hours talking with Kramer about the coaching life, growing up as a coach’s kid, his passion for developing his players both on and off the court, and our shared love of writing. This man is as genuine as he seems. Each chapter is written from a coach’s heart committed to motivating his readers to finish the race before us with our eyes on God.
Beth Moore is one of my favorite bible teachers. Her latest book Chasing Vines is considered her best book and it’s certainly a must-read. However, the truth Beth presents won’t be fully absorbed unless you believe God is who he says is he is, and that’s why Believing God is such a valuable read as well.
God wants us to flourish. In fact, he delights in our flourishing. Life isn’t always fun, but in Christ it can always be fruitful.
In Chasing Vines, Beth shows us from Scripture how all of life’s concerns—the delights and the trials—matter to God. He uses all of it to help us flourish and be fruitful. Nothing is for nothing. Looking through the lens of Christ’s transforming teaching on the vine and branches in John 15, Beth gives us a panoramic view of biblical teachings on the vine, vineyards, vine dressing, and fruitfulness.
Join Beth on a journey of vine chasing all over the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, to discover why fruitfulness is so important to God—and how He can use anything that happens to us for His glory and for our flourishing.
Know this: Your life matters, and it can be immensely fruitful. Let’s start chasing some vines.
In The Dream of You, Jo examines biblical figures and shares her personal story as she invites you to turn to the One who knows you intimately and loves you deeply. He sees all you’ve struggled to hide. He hears the voice inside you that others have silenced. He knows the potential and purpose that no one valued.
Ready to Rise tackles the real-life issues women face —workplace harassment, sexism, low self-esteem, financial woes, power battles, and old wounds — while providing meaningful wisdom from Jo’s own journey to leadership. Added to this personal reflection are stories of empowered women from the Bible. Jo then calls on readers to invest in the next generation of women and build new communities where diverse female leadership can flourish.
For more book recommendations follow me on GoodReads! What are your favorite recent reads?