Three years ago, I was preparing to head onto the mission field. Life was fast, full of expectations, and often a unique mix of exhilaration, sleepless nights, and a lot of prayer!
One thing that God used to anchor me through that season of transition was a good book. Actually, there were several!
If you’re in a season of transition, looking to deepen your walk, or just want a good read, consider checking these out. There are tons of great titles out there, but these were really meaningful to me.
Book 1: The Circle Maker
Mark Batterson shares a perfect blend of biblical yet practical advice that will revolutionize your prayer life by giving you a new vocabulary and a new methodology. You'll see how prayer is your secret weapon. Batterson teaches about how to create prayer lists unique to your family, claim God-inspired promises, turn your family circle into a prayer circle, and discover your life themes. And he not only tells you how, he illustrates why.
One of my favorite quotes from this book was “Reading is the way you get through the Bible; prayer is the way you get the Bible through you.” If you’d like to get it on Amazon, here’s the link.
Book 2: The Impressionist
Middle aged, disappointed and self-loathing, Adam Camp is anything but the picture of a successful man. With his wife threatening to leave him and their son addicted to drugs, Adam teeters on the verge of absolute despair—questioning his own existence and purpose for living. After an explosive argument with his wife, Adam searches for an escape as he sets out on a journey that will dramatically recolor his world. While walking through the city park, Adam is approached by an old painter. The mysterious artist convinces Adam to let him paint his portrait and what happens next is nothing short of a masterpiece.
One of my favorite quotes from this book was “But when you truly know who you are, that His spirit is in you, you recognize that certain self-defeating, even sinful, actions are not consistent with who you really are.” If you’d like to get it on Amazon, here’s the link.
Book 3: Love Does
Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world's best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it's not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob's love takes action. Bob believes Love Does. When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don't want to miss.Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob's life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.
One of my favorite quotes from this book was “We were all meant to save many lives. God is always trying to save lives, and it seems like He usually uses the least likely people to do it.” If you’d like to get it on Amazon, here’s the link.
What are some of your favorites? I’d love to hear them — especially if you’re in a season of transition. Leave a comment below!