Here it is, friends.
The books that are bringing my list of 2015 reads to an end.
“ …it is a good fight because we are not left to our own strength in the fight.”
I cannot say enough good words about When I Don’t Desire God. John Piper is an incredible teacher. This is the first book I’ve read by him. It had been on my shelf untouched for almost one year, merely because I was intimidated by the title and the legend of the author. I was continuously convicted and encouraged in what the fight for joy should truly look like. Piper laid the foundation with Scripture and wisdom, and finished the book with practical ways to increase uninterrupted intimacy with God. I tore up every page with notes and highlights. It drew me back into the Word. If you’re looking for a deeper book to enrich your relationship with Christ in 2016, I would highly recommend you picking this one up.
26. Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life by Henri J. M. Nouwen, Donald P. McNeill, and Douglas A. Morrison.
“By setting out with Jesus on the road of the cross, we become people in whose lives the compassionate presence of God in this world can manifest itself.”
Unexpectedly, I found that When I Don’t Desire God and Compassion correlated well together. Like When I Don’t Desire God, I tore up every page with highlights and it drew me back into the Word. I appreciated its size of 137 pages, but what it lacked in quantity it made up for in quality. Compassion reminded me that we will never exhaust the Bible or the attributes of God. The Christian life is so much more than what we have molded it to be with our weak hands. It’s about prayer and action. It’s about living in gratitude, within community, in the knowledge that all is grace. It’s about living for the God that could be human so well because He is so divine. I would also highly recommend Compassion.
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The 26 books I read in 2015 were some of the best. I’m glad you let me tuck away my thoughts about them here.
As you can imagine, I’m already daydreaming about the pretty words and the convicting words to come my way in 2016.
What’s on your reading list for the upcoming new year?