Winter (especially New Year’s) is a time for pause and reflection, starting over, setting goals. Here are some books I’ve been liking lately that might be of interest to others in this season:
Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You: I called into a radio program several months back and had the privilege of talking to Susie Larson on-air for about 5 min. As a result, Bethany House Publishers sent me a free copy of her book, Your Beautiful Purpose. I didn’t get to it until recently, but I couldn’t have picked a better time in my life to read it! I thought I’d share this because New Year’s is around the corner, and for anyone interested in confidently pursuing God’s best dreams for your life, this book is a great way to start off 2014! From the very first paragraph I was tearing up a bit because I knew it was going to be a good book to help me through some things I’ve recently been dealing with. The author has been through some hard things herself and I felt I could relate in similar ways. She is helpful in that she gives the reader a sense of “the bigger picture” in life, and gives tips and well-chosen verses of Scripture for whatever season of life you feel you are in– whether things are going well or not-so-well. I have to admit that in some ways, the book did not turn out to be quite what I expected. I thought I would be reading about how to get out of my current circumstance and move on toward my goals. Instead, I found encouragement for patiently living in the current season. It reminded me that God has not forgotten me, and that He indeed has a beautiful purpose for even me! Thanks, Susie! (I lent this book to my sister, after having copied out pages of notes for myself. I should add that though the content and encouragement in this book is for any believer in Christ, it is geared more toward women.)
Once Upon a Time: Discovering Our Forever After Story, by Debbie Macomber: I have never read fiction by Debbie Macomber just because her genre doesn’t particularly interest me, but when I saw this non-fiction book at the library, I knew it was definitely something I wanted to check out! Anyone who talks about life and stories has my attention, as it is sort of a passion of mine (if you haven’t noticed). In her soft, easy going manner, the author takes us through the typical fundamentals of a good story (plot, challenges, characters, background, dreams, etc.) and turns them around as a way to help us to study our own lives in light of story. She provides many prompts to help us tell the story of our own life. In some ways, I wish that somehow the author could have delved in deeper to some of the topics. This isn’t one that I found myself mulling over quite a bit after I set it down. I think this book is more ideal for those farther along in their journey through life who are considering writing their memoirs. But I still enjoyed it, and I copied several pages of quotes for my quote book!