I just realized I have not posted my favorite non-fiction books for this fall yet! So I will squeak them in the tail end here before December. My dashboard has not been cooperating with me the last few weeks, so pictures and links are not as I would like but I’m trying to work with it. So read on for some books about spiritual journeys that I’m sure will be inspiring!
Until We All Come Home, by Kim de Blecourt~ I am finishing up this book (about 90% of the way through it), but am blown away by the incredible journey this ordinary woman of faith endured while she and her husband were in an international battle to adopt their Ukrainian-born son. I feel it is easy to connect with this woman because A) she does not live too far from my corner of the world; B) she works in voice over; C) it seemed that almost everything imagineable was determined to block her path. If you find yourself easily frustrated by myriad details, this book might not be for you. Still waiting to see how this ends, but it is wonderful seeing how God worked in the middle of her long waiting period, during which she battled depression and severe spiritual oppression in a dark part of the world. I often find myself praising and thanking God for how He answered her prayers, even if her story wasn’t easy. I hope to meet Mrs. de Blecourt one day. I highly recommend this read!
The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning~ Do you find yourself running on fumes spiritually? Need a cup of refreshing water in the middle of your desert? I had heard a lot things about this author, Brennan Manning. I’ve heard good; I’ve heard bad. I know people I respect that that admire his work, and others view it with fear. I determined to read at least one book by him and find out for myself what I thought. I started with this particular book because it is his most famous. To be honest, my opinion of it alone is an elevated one. I found such encouragement in his word pictures, his simple eloquence. It is imaginative, well-written, and a classic in it’s own right. It seemed I’d read a passage in a chapter right when I needed it at that time. The major theme it dwells on is the grace of God. Manning reflects the easy yoke and light burden God offers to us “ragamuffins”. I could quote my favorite parts, but would much rather you tried it for yourself. Does this mean I would agree on everything with Brennan Manning? No, I will not commit to that; I believe it is always wise to test instead of blindly accept anything we come across. There were one or two things I’m not sure I would completely agree on even in this book. And yet, I found the good far, far outweighed those areas. My advice is to be prayerfully engaged while reading.