2012: my reading awards

Last Christmas my first born and husband gave me a small tablet with a Kindle app. I am surprised by how much I enjoyed reading on these devices. Here are my book awards from my reading in 2012:

The Most Resonated With Award: Crazy Love by Francis Chan  –  I had not resonated so much with a book since I read _Blue Like Jazz_ back in ’07(?), that is not to be inferred as my saying these are the same, just comparing my reaction.

The Most Needed to be Read Award: Ministry Of Intercession by Andrew Murray  –  This was a powerful book that reminded me of the need to engage in intercessory prayer. Warning, Murray is a 19th century – early 20th century writer. I think I need to reread it (or at least my highlights) at the beginning of 2013.

The More People NEED to Read This Award: Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan –  I was so glad to find this book and read it. Even though the style is popular and, like much of Chan, a bit preachy, I wish all believers would read this book. It gives a well balanced and highly biblical teaching on the Holy Spirit. If this had existed back in the day, my Bible students would have had to read this.

The Just Because C.S. Lewis is in the Name Does NOT Mean It Is a Valuable Read Award: Calvin & C. S. Lewis: Solving the Riddle of the Reformation by Ferrier  –  The title of the award says it all.

The I Got Sidetracked and Must Finish Because It Is Awesome Award: What To Do? Thoughts Evoked By The Census of Moscow by Leo Tolstoy  –   This is an interesting narrative/essay of dealing with one’s wealth and he poverty that surrounds. His struggle is really helpful, to those in the west who really still do have so much, in thinking about how to reconcile our wealth with the poverty around us.

The Best Small Book Award:  TIE: Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life by Henri Nouwen – AND – Freedom of Self Forgetfulness: The Path to the True Christian Joy by Tim Keller – I read Nouwen on a silent retreat at a monastery in the spring, and Keller on a Sabbath in Budapest this autumn. These are great resources for one’s spiritual development.

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2 responses to “2012: my reading awards

  1. I love recommended reading lists!
    I’ve read a few you mentioned. I also loved Crazy Love, but… it kinda made me doubt my salvation… am I doing enough? Mainly, chapter 4 (lukewarm christianity) has made me deeply think. Overall, though, I liked the book. Have you read Larry Osborne’s Accidental Pharisees? It seems to challenge or balance the “crazy/radical” call that many books lately are about. Books that leave some nearly guilty and constantly wondering if we’re doing ‘enough’. I am still mulling both books over, actually. I wish more of my friends enjoy reading so I could bug them about this stuff!

    I’ve read a few other Murray books. Yeah, not the easiest reads but wow… definitely worth reading.

    I really enjoyed Forgotten God, perhaps more than even Crazy Love but I still don’t grasp truly the nature of the Holy Spirit nor reliance on the Holy Spirit.

    I love Keller but have yet to read his Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, though it is on my kindle and iPad. I think now I’ll need to.

    I love reflecting back on the year and revisiting books I loved, or wrestled with, or why I liked or disliked them, or even why they proved to be so thought-provoking to me at the time.

    Thank you for your list.

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