I didn’t kick off this year with a huge quantity of books read, but as far as quality goes – I hit the jackpot.
If I have a hope, it’s that God sat over the dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically, into the story and put us in with the sunset and the rainstorm as though to say, Enjoy your place in my story. The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create within it even as I have created you.
Personally, I am a huge fan of everything I’ve read by Don Miller — even though I have many more books to read of his. This book is perfect for writers, but more than just writing it’s about living stories that mean something. It tackles the challenges of being suffocated by the mundane and stepping into truth of who you are and what you’re capable of. I love, love, love Miller’s sense of humor and the way he tied up every lesson and personal story in our Maker. I left the last page challenged and inspired in every area of my life.
2. Prayer by Timothy Keller.
Prayer turns theology into experience. Through it we sense his presence and receive his joy, his love, his peace and confidence, and thereby we are changed in attitude, behavior, and character.
This book. Y’all.
Here’s how HB put it so perfectly:
His book “Prayer.” We might as well drop all the microphones and say, “Tim, you are the Michael Jackson of prayer. You are the Beyoncé of hands clasped and knees hitting the floor.”
Read the book. He gets it. He just gets it.
Someone will be quick to tell me, “No one can teach you how to pray.”
You’re right. No one can teach me how to listen to God. But someone needed to sit me down, take my hand, and tell me sweetly, “This is how you shut up. This is how you stop running scripts and lies in your head. This is how you exit yourself.”
Everything written above describes how I feel about this book so accurately. It shifted my thinking. I believe it could be truly revolutionizing for the church. Now, with all the foundation laid from both Keller and all those he gleaned priceless knowledge from, the hard part begins – actually listening the way I have been instructed. Actually meditating. Actually praying.
Have you kicked off the year with any good reads?
Something that I’m trying to practice after I finish each book is write about it here, but also – in an effort to bring my theology and knowledge into a real life experience – in a personal journal where I can jot down ideas of application moving forward.
How do you practice retaining and applying what you’ve read?