Practical Reads

As you’re beginning a new year, I want to share some book titles that I have in my personal library that are assisting in my in journey of healing, restoration, and purpose. Reading or listening (audiobooks) is a great way to immerse yourself in God’s Truth!

When I face personal setbacks and relationship difficulties the following books have given me insights and truths:

When things aren’t making sense or working out in my life:

1.Randy Alcorn: If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil

2. & 3. Dr. Larry Crabb: When God’s Ways Make No Sense and Shattered Dreams: God’s Unexpected Path to Joy

Randy Alcorn discusses how to answer the age old issue of how God can be all good and all powerful; yet allowing suffering, death, and evil. His chapters are loaded with numerous biblical passages and insights.

I feel as though Dr. Larry Crabb is a dear friend after reading his books. He clearly understands that we suffer and question the difficult things of our lives. Dr. Crabb passed away couple of years ago. He encourages us to reach out to God during our desperate moments and reminds us that God loves us enough to make us right with Himself.

4.Tullian Tchividjian: Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free

Tullian is a grandson of Billy Graham. His story is presented on his website below:

I don’t agree with his past behavior, but recognize the truths he proclaims from God’s Word. I am a broken sinner as well who desperately needs God grace in my life! Tullian accurately and passionately teaches about God’s grace.

5. Timothy Keller: Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

Pastor Keller gives us fresh insight into how God walks with us through difficult times.

Good perspectives for daily reading/devotionals

books by Jon Bloom

1. Things Not Seen: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Trusting God’s Promises

2. Not by By Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith

3. God’s Ways are Not Your Ways: Don’t Follow Your Heart

Jon Bloom takes well known biblical accounts and uses historical narrative to give fresh insights. Each of his “stories” is packed with truth, encouragement, and insights! He explains how that following our heart leads us away from God and into danger. This book is set up with 31 readings so 1 per day for one month.

4. Oswald Chambers My Upmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers will daily encourage you to think deeply about your relationship and obedience with Christ. His devotionals are online at: click on the resources tab for print, app, and audio versions.

My prayer and hope for you is that these resources will encourage you as they have me! More posts to come in future!

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Just a pilgrim walking each day with Jesus and hoping to encourage others along the path.

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