Okay, I am a nerd. We all know I am a nerd and a few members of the general population accept it. I love any sort of art and am very vocal about it, but what you may not know is that I consume quite a bit of the written art – books. I try to read books that fall into the realm of “Christian” or at least empower me to think differently and positively. In the past few months, I have found that there are a few books I keep gravitating to.
After a question posed by more than one of my Facebook friends about current reads I felt I should blog about that very topic and with that said, here are a few of those books:
Jesus > Religion – Jefferson Bethke
If you want a book about the bare bones of Christianity, trust me and grab this book and then thank me later.
Jesus Is – Judah Smith
Here is another quick read, but this book is about who Jesus is (obviously). It is a stripped down, no-brainer sort of read that will make you stop and think about who Jesus is to you.
The Circle Maker – Mark Batterson
I have never had a book change the way I thought about something like this book. I read this book a few years back, and it has since changed the way I looked at prayer and challenged me to pray differently.
Primal – Mark Batterson
This book wasn’t a quick read for me, but it didn’t take me long either. Maybe this is because I had multiple books going at the same time. If you want to get to the primal (see what I did there) origins of Christian faith, then this book is a no-brainer for you.
Having A Mary Heart In A Martha World – Joanna Weaver
I read this book when I was still in high school, and I go back to it occasionally. If ever I feel overwhelmed and need to refocus and recenter I grab Having a Mary Heart In A Martha World.
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
Oldies but goodies, The Chronicles of Narnia are books I read non-stop. I honestly couldn’t tell you how many times I have read this series, but it is a lot, trust me. The imagery and themes threaded through these books are deeply rooted in C.S. Lewis’ Christian faith and the Bible. These kid-friendly books are great bedtime storybooks for the “older littles” in your life, and you will enjoy them as well.
Unstoppable – Christine Caine
If you are an “established” Christian and like to have your heart challenged, you might as well consider this book the newest addition to your library. Christine will challenge you to live and think differently, do ministry differently, and approach the race differently.
Divergent (Series) – Veronica Roth
Divergent is a quick read series written by a female lead who constantly challenges the status quo to find herself in spite of what society tells her to be.
The Hunger Games (Series) – Suzanne Collins
I am an admitted binge reader, and after the final book was launched for this series, I was lost in this series for days in the pages of Suzanne’s big hit. If you don’t believe me about this then just ask my family. If you think this is a “teen read,” you are wrong.
Here are a few of the current reads stacked on my nightstand:
Undaunted – Christine Caine
The Right One – Jimmy Evans & Frank Martin
Steadfast Love – Lauren Chandler
Here are some new (to me) books I plan on reading in the not so distant future:
It’s Not What You Think – Jefferson Bethke
Going All In – Mark Batterson
Greater – Steven Furtick
How To Worship A King – Zach Neese
What are some of the books I should be adding to the future read list? Do you see any books on my list that you loved as well? I would love to hear from you.