Humility & Prayer – Books!

I’ve just recently come off of reading an a.m.a.z.i.n.g. book.  It’s titled Humility: True Greatness, by C.J. Mahaney.  I don’t read tons of books.  I like to read, but finding time between, kids, house, working, friends, meetings and indulging in other guilty pleasures like Southern Living magazine, sometimes it’s hard!!!  I love it when people talk about getting into bed at night and reading a chapter before they fall asleep.  I think that’s awesome!!!  Why, you ask? Because when my head hits the pillow and I take that first deep breath … I’m out like a light!!!  It really is a gift and a curse!

When you come off a great book, don’t you just feel like it will be forever before you read another great one?  Well, I follow this blog called Warrior Prayers.  From what I’ve read on her blog and have seen in her posts, she, simply speaking, seems to be a mom who loves her boys beyond belief and is reconciled to the fact that the best thing she can do for them is be a prayer warrior for her young warriors.  How great is that?!  Well, right now, she is reading a book called A Praying Life, by Paul E. Miller.  After reading this short excerpt from A Praying Life, I know I have to read this book.  It’s on my next book order list :).

What are you currently reading that you love?  What is God using right now to change your heart and life for the better?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda McKinley
    May 23, 2011 @ 16:00:48

    Holly, I am still finishing Mahaney’s book on Humility and also finding it challenging, insightful and an overall great read!

    Well, I love this blog topic because I LOVE LOVE LOVE books. I’m a little A-D-D in my reading, though, so I usually have 3-4 books going at a time. Here’s what I’ve read lately or am currently reading:

    1. Praying Life by Paul Miller – to echo you, it’s a MUST READ – it just makes you want to pray more, which I think makes it SO worth reading!
    2. Gospel-powered Parenting by William P Farley – great parenting book centered on biblical principles, basically breaking it down to the basics of relying on the gospel, not ourselves, for parenting strategies
    3. Sheperding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp – great parenting book with a focus on the heart, not just the outward behavior of a child
    4. For Women Only – Holly, you recommended this one and I’ve LOVED it – very good insight into how our husbands think and how we can better serve them!
    5. Desiring God by John Piper – a heavy, deep thinking book, but one of my all-time favorites that will make you fall more in love with God!
    6. The Help by Katherine Stockett – not a Christian book, just a fun, yet challenging story about maids in the south in the 50’s – can’t put it down once you get started!
    7. How to Change the World by James Hunter – this is another heavy, intellectual read but will challenge your socks off – recommended by my friend Glenn Lucke. This basically challenges the way we think about impacting our culture as Christians and encourages us in how we live out our lives in every sphere…good stuff!
    8. Crazy Love by Francis Chan – it’s on my shelf and I’ve been told by a million friends to read it, so I’m gonna, another book that makes you fall in love with Jesus.
    9. 1,000 gifts by Anne Voskamp – this is the author of The Holy Experience blog – she wrote a book and it’s just beautifully poetic and peaceful, focusing on being thankful.
    10. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – the children’s series classics that I am finally reading (I decided I better read them atleast once before I start reading them with our kids!) Such fun being in a fantasy world again.
    11. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – for anyone who loves Asian culture, this book fascinated me as I learned about Japanese culture and the history of the geisha. Beautifully written.
    12. Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney (not sure if she’s related to CJ Mahaney who wrote Humility?) – but this book is a FABULOUS book on womanhood, based on Titus 2 principles, also a good one for being a good wife and mom!
    13. 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb – if you ever do the One Year Bible plan – this is a GREAT accompaniment. Short, but insightful chapters on each book of the Bible to help you better understand what’s going on as you read through the Bible. Larry Crabb writes from the heart, so it’s not dry at all!
    14. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – another all-time favorite of mine – a classic argument for Christianity put in the words of CS Lewis – which means elegant, imaginative and persuasive

    Okay…sorry, I got carried away…but I can’t help but write about books when someone asks. I love them!!!

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