Confessions of a Book Addict

 

Reading List

Other women collect shoes.  I collect books.

Today, Kelly is hosting a link up of “Winter Reading Lists.”  So, I decided to join in on the fun and basically confess my sin of book addiction here on the blog.  I have stacks of un-read books all over the house hidden in drawers, closets, and book bags.  So, I am going to pick 3 from my list to read before  the end of Winter (except I live in Florida, so I am not quite sure when that is…)

Book 1

 Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman.  

 I finally surrendered and purchased this in January, but have not managed to crack it open yet.  It’s on my list for Winter.  Maybe I will get to it by Spring…

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Book 2

Girls with Swords:  How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero by Lisa Bevere.

A friend read this early in the year and raved about it on Twitter.  It’s been collecting dust on my nightstand for several months now…

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Book 3

God is Able by Priscilla Shirer.

I am thrilled to announce that I have been asked to review Priscilla’s upcoming book, and I will be hosting a giveaway later in the month.  Stay tuned!

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Q4U:  What are you reading?  Are you a book addict like me?  

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I am joining Kelly and like-minded sisters today.

Top 10 Quotes on Having a Mary Heart

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I struggle with balance.  I think I may have multiple personalities.  My pendulum swings from completely lazy to frantically busy.  Somewhere in the middle, there must be a happy medium.   That’s why I read Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver.  I was hoping she would show me how to sit at Jesus’ feet but still have a clean house.

Here are my top 10 quotes from this fantastic book on cultivating a joyful life of intimacy and service:

1.  “When we put work before worship, we put the cart before the horse.  The cart is important; so is the horse.  But the horse must come first, or we end up pulling the cart ourselves.  Frustrated and weary, we can nearly break under the pressure of service, for there is always something that needs to be done.  When we first spend time in His presence–when we take time to hear His voice–God provides the horsepower we need to pull the heaviest load.  He saddles up Grace and invites us to take a ride.”  p. 10

2. “The only requirement for a deeper friendship with God is showing up with a heart open and ready to receive.”  p. 11

3.  “He knows the journey is difficult.  He knows life is rarely fair.  Jesus fought the same frigid winds of distraction, discouragement, and doubt that keep us from knowing God’s love.  But like the Father, He longs to gather us in His arms.  He longs to trade the flimsy blankets of our own self-sufficiency for His all-sufficiency.  The Lord Jesus invites us to cast our doubts, our fears, and anxiety upon Him, to discover how much He really does care.  Trust Me, My child, He whispers.  I have your ultimate good in mind.”  p. 29

4.  “So often we give God the gift we think He needs rather than take the time to find out what He desires.” p. 56

5.  “The thing we need to understand is that God did not choose to ‘use’ us.  We are not spiritual Oompa-Loopmas in some cosmic chocolate factory working day and night to churn out a smoother, better-tasting Christianity.  We were not created to fill some egotistical need God has for praise — the angels forever encircle His throne with worship.  We are not some celestial science project; laboratory mice let loose to see how they interact.  No, the Bible makes it clear that God created us because He longs to have fellowship with us.  Our Father longs to pour His very life into us, to give us an inheritance and a share in His divine nature.  What does God desire?  It is actually very simple.  He wants you.  All of you.”  p. 62

6.  “Make no mistake.  Satan enjoys using our hectic schedules, stressed bodies, and emotional upsets in his efforts to put up barriers to our intimacy with God.  That’s why we need to take a close look at any thought, feeling, or activity that diminishes our appetite for intimacy with God.”  p. 69

7.  “Does it sound harsh to say that cooking or cleaning or taking care of your children or doing your job might be sinful?  But think about it.  The very definition of sin is separation from God.  So no matter how important the activity, no matter how good it seems, if I use it as an excuse to hold God at arm’s length, it is sin.”  p. 105

8. “Waiting four days may have made Jesus a late for a healing, but it made Him right on time for a resurrection.  So never put a period where God puts a comma.  Just when you think the sentence is over, the most important part may be yet to come.”  p. 127

9.  “Until we determine whom we will serve, we run the risk of developing a Judas heart instead of a heart of sacrificial love.  For whenever our interests conflict with His interests, we’ll be tempted to sell Christ off as a slave to the highest bidder, rather than spend our all to anoint His feet.”  p. 164

10.  “The secret of balancing worship and work, devotion and service, love of God and love of people is maintaining our connection to Jesus Christ.  Our relationship with Him is the fulcrum, the anchor, the steadying point that makes balance possible in the first place.  And the deeper that relationship goes, the more stable the balance will be.”  p. 190

Q4U:  Do you have multiple personalities like me? How do you find balance between your Mary and your Martha?

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The Peacemaker: August Reading List “Net Out” and A GIVEAWAY!

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  For 2012,  I am purposing to be a bit more intentional about my reading plan.  I hope to read 12 books and post a “Net Out” here on the blog using a  format similar to Michael Hyatt’s.

The Peacemaker by Ken Sande provides Biblical principles for resolving our differences.  This practical and challenging book examines how we interact with each other in light of the Scriptural mandates to prefer one another and live peaceably with our brothers.  Each chapter outlines how to restore, be reconciled, and examine the plank in our own eye with clarity and conviction.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

God has a purpose for our conflicts: “…every conflict that comes into our lives has somehow been ordained by God.  Knowing that He has personally tailored the events of our lives and is looking out for us at every moment should dramatically affect the way we respond to conflict” (p. 62).

We must remember how much God has forgiven us in order to resolve conflicts:  “When we admit that our own sins are so serious that Jesus had to die for us, and remember that He has forgiven us for all our wrongs, we can let go of our illusion of self-righteousness and freely admit our failures” (p. 78).

Resolving conflict requires dying to self:  “Just as seed must be sacrificed to produce a crop, our personal rights and material assets must sometimes be surrendered to sow the Gospel and produce a spiritual harvest…” (p. 96).

We must examine our motives during a conflict:  “As James 4:1-3 teaches, inflicting pain on others is one of the surest signs that an idol is ruling our hearts.  When we catch ourselves punishing others in any way, whether deliberately or overtly or unconsciously and subtly, it is a warning that something other than God is ruling our hearts” (p.109).

Up next will be Boundaries:  When to Say Yes, How to Say No – To Take Control of Your Life, a book written to explain how to develop physical, emotional, and spiritual limits that foster personal freedom and peace.   Want to read it with me?  I will be posting about it on September 28.

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below to be entered in a Giveaway — I will be giving away a copy of each of these 2 great books.

One additional entry can be earned for each of these:

  • Follow @3dLessons4Life on Twitter. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Tweet or Retweet about this contest giveaway.   Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • “Like” 3dLessons4Life’s Facebook pageLeave a comment indicating that you did.
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Just make sure to enter on or before September 7th to participate.  Thanks for stopping by!

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The Resolution for Women: July Reading List “Net Out” and A GIVEAWAY!

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  For 2012,  I am purposing to be a bit more intentional about my reading plan.  I hope to read 12 books and post a “Net Out” here on the blog using a  format similar to Michael Hyatt’s.

The Resolution for Women  by Priscilla Shirer outlines 13 principles for Biblical womanhood and encourages the readers to firmly resolve to put them into practice.  Shirer passionately describes how each woman is created by God for more–and she challenges her readers to purposefully pursue their calling.  Each section has three to four chapters which describe God’s design for women who seek to live life as disciples and leave a legacy.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

  • A graceful woman is content: “When you’ve concluded that what you already have on hand is enough, that it’s adequate–that it’s been deemed by God as sufficient–then you’re equipped and empowered to participate fully in the tasks set before you during this season of life” (p. 20).
  • The wise woman builds in time for her self: “Overwork is a form of unbelief” (p. 109).
  • The discerning woman is a good listener:  “A woman who is quick to listen is one who gathers up all information before releasing her reaction.  She resists the urge to spout off everything her mind formulates, choosing rather to give her solutions time to settle, to become properly shaped before being shared.  When she speaks, her advice and assessments are sensible and sober.  Prudent and purposeful.  Those who are on the receiving end of her conversation realize they’re hearing a response that hasn’t been considered halfheartedly” (p. 118).
  • An honest woman fosters integrity through self-examination: “Not everything that bothers one believer is necessarily forbidden for all.  Just because some wouldn’t consider it ‘good’ doesn’t mean it’s worthy of being ‘slandered’ (Romans 14:16).  But as you consider your own structural soundness, would you say it’s able to bear the weight of your Christian profession?  Would it hold up if some of your fellow church members arrived at your door unannounced? Are you who you claim to be?” (p. 150)

Up next will be The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, a book written to demonstrate how applying Christ-like principles of forgiveness and love will transform every day misunderstandings and disagreements.   Want to read it with me?  I will be posting about it on August 31st.

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below to be entered in a Giveaway — I will be giving away a copy of each of these 2 great books.

One additional entry can be earned for each of these:

  • Follow @3dLessons4Life on Twitter. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Tweet or Retweet about this contest giveaway.   Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • “Like” 3dLessons4Life’s Facebook page.
  • Use the box on the top of the sidebar on this page to subscribe to this blog. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Grab the 3dLessons4Life button from the sidebar and add it to your blog. Leave a comment with a link to your blog so we can connect!

Just make sure to enter on or before August 3rd to participate.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Crazy Love: June Reading List “Net Out” and A GIVEAWAY!

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  For 2012,  I am purposing to be a bit more intentional about my reading plan.  I hope to read 12 books and post a “Net Out” here on the blog using a  format similar to Michael Hyatt’s.

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan is a book that unpacks how the unconditional love of God breaks through and radically changes our lives. Chan’s book packs a lot of punches — he hits the mediocre, materialistic believer right in the gut.  The book provides narrative examples of every day people who have literally taken up their cross and given up all to pursue Christ.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

  • God demands all:  “It is important that we not measure our spiritual health by people around us, who are pretty much like us…The core problem isn’t the fact that we’re lukewarm, half-hearted, or stagnant Christians.  The crux of it all is why we are this way, and it is because we have an inaccurate view of God…Jesus came humbly as a servant, but He never begs use to give Him some small part of ourselves.  He commands everything from His followers” (p.22).
  • God desires for us to be reverently intimate with Him:  “The very fact that a holy, eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful, fair, and just God loves you and me is nothing short of astonishing….The irony is that while God doesn’t need use but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time” (p.61).
  • Our lives should be a love letter to God:  “When we work for Christ out of obligation, it feels like work.  But when we truly love Christ, our work is a manifestation of that love, and it feels like love”  (p.110).

Chan’s book is not for the fainthearted — he will challenge your assumptions and make you examine your Christian walk in a whole new way.  He moves you to see your mediocrity and despise it.  This book is a life changer for those who respond to his challenge.

Up next will be The Resolution for Women, a book written to challenge women to passionately pursue their unique roles as God’s chosen feminine agents.   Want to read it with me?  I will be posting about it on July 27th.

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below to be entered in a Giveaway — I will be giving away a copy of each of these 2 great books.

One additional entry can be earned for each of these:

  • Follow @3dLessons4Life on Twitter. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Tweet or Retweet about this contest giveaway.   Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • “Like” 3dLessons4Life’s Facebook page.
  • Use the box on the top of the sidebar on this page to subscribe to this blog. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Grab the 3dLessons4Life button from the sidebar and add it to your blog. Leave a comment with a link to your blog so we can connect!

Just make sure to enter on or before June 29th to participate.  Thanks for stopping by!

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