Sunday, November 9, 2014

October Reads

I read these books in October. 
I am so thankful that I was able to carve out some time to read this month.  Even in a busy season of life reading is so worth it.  As Lloyd Alexander says, "Keep reading.  It's one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have."  

October Reads:
Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christby Matt Papa:  This is my first experience with worship recording artist Matt Papa and I hope it will not be my last.  I am only about halfway through this book but oh my is it ever good.  Truly it is the glory of God that changes everything.  The answer to whatever is going on in our life is to look to the cross.  Do you desire to change?  Stop wrestling with that particular sin that you can't seem to conquer?  Papa writes, "When we look outside ourselves and see the kindness of God and what our sin did to Jesus, that begins to melt us.  That begins to change us."  This book has been so helpful especially as I am going through a difficult time in my own personal life.  It's one that you should read slowly as you allow Christ to work through the book to change you.  Please note that I did receive a review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin: This book includes three novellas which all revolve around the same family during World War II.  It is the story of both courage and romance.  I enjoyed every story in this book.  I am amazed at how the authors were able to weave all of the stories together.  The fact that the books happened during Christmas made them even better!  Please note that I did receive a copy of this book from Blogging For Books.

These are the Generations by Eric Foley: This was one of those good yet challenging books to read.  Challenging because it really opened my eyes to what it is currently like to be a Christian in North Korea.  So often as Christians we like to think that the persecution we read about in the New Testament doesn't really happen anymore.  The reality is that there are so many Christians around the world who are experiencing extreme persecution for following Christ.  This book was a great reminder of God's faithfulness and the fact that He desires for all nations to come to know Him.

Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn't Give Up by Larissa & Ian Murphy: Not only does this book show what true love can look like but it shows what God's love looks like.  This has to be one of the sweetest and most beautiful love stories I have ever read.  I don't want to give anything away but would urge you to read this book!  If you are a local friend our library even has it.  ;)

Cooking with Chia For Dummies by Debbie Rogers: Although I enjoyed flipping through this book from the library I don't think I will be adding it our personal library anytime soon.  Chia seeds are incredibly healthy and worth adding to your diet.  I currently add them to smoothies and also make a dairy free pudding out of them.  A lot of the recipes in this book do include gluten which I am trying to reduce in my diet so I didn't find it this book as helpful as I had hoped.

What books did you read last month?  Any recommendations for your favorite holiday children's books?  

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