2015 is coming to a close, and if you’ve learned anything about me thus far… I like to read. So, in case you are still contemplating your 2016 reading list… here is a sneak peak at mine. There is a combination of books, including ones I think deserve a re-read.
I’m sure I will be adding some things to the stack as 2016 progresses, but it is a start. HA!
Since I am completing my Bachelors in Divinity, and I know that I will be continuing in ministry of some sort, I really wanted to take a look into the functioning of the church as a whole.
I also got my hands on a book I’ve been wanting to read on Women’s Ministry and material that may prove to be a good resource for beginning a discipling program.
I’m also going to be revisiting two books I’ve already read. Mere Christianity is a text I read earlier in my walk, and I’d like to read it from new more mature eyes. Authentic Intimacy is coming to my town in January and I want to stay acquainted with the materials as I promote it with churches, leaders, and women I encounter.
I’ve definitely been focused on my personal relationship to God, especially now in a light of transition. I know that God has something in mind, and sometimes I get a bit afraid. Afraid of what He is going to ask of me, afraid I am not worthy of the calling, afraid I will fail, etc. I’m looking forward to these 3 books (and yes, 1 doesn’t come out until Feb 2016… don’t covet they neighbor’s books. ) Technically I read one of the books already, but I actually want to take my time and go through it again.
After reading Don Whitney’s Praying the Bible, I want to explore my prayer life more. I also have a heart for revival, and realized that in all of the past stories I have heard about revivals… they all started with a prayer group starting somewhere. Prayer is a powerful tool in the belt of a Christian. I long to understand how to use it to the fullest capacity.
I am daily studying the scriptures directly, and I firmly stand on that being the primary way to study scripture. However, I have always found blessing in other resources. Two that I have heard great things about have made it to my list this year. I’m not sure if I will attempt these on my own, or put together a study group (as of right now I already lead a Women of the Word study), I guess I need to pray about that.
The other thing that is big on my agenda for 2016 is getting a better grip on my health, which I have known means reigning in my diet. Having an autoimmune based thyroid condition means that I am constantly fighting against my own body. It’s been a hit or miss on what works best for me, and I’ve been blessed to find an amazing doctor this year who helped me on the medication and supplement end. Recently I was introduced to a plan by a friend, and I’ve heard good things from others with my condition. So, I’m going to give it a try. I bought the book & a cookbook.
And to cap it off, I got another cookbook. One thing most people don’t know about me is that I read cookbooks just like I would a novel. I love them. In fact I had so many cookbooks at one point, I had to pair down. One of my favorite cookbooks was the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day cookbook, which is all about bread. Great… but when the doctor tells you that you need to be gluten free… bread is a no-no. Boooo. Well, it turns out the authors came out with a NEW version that includes GLUTEN FREE recipes. WOOOOOOO. Merry Christmas to me. If the gluten free recipes are anything like the original recipes, you’ll find me comatose in the corner … bread crumbs strewn about.
So… what books are on your 2016 reading list? Use the comment section to recommend something you read this year, that I MUST read. Link to your blog with your 2015 or 2016 reading list. Or, share which of the books I recommended jumped out at you as one you’d like to read. Join the conversation, and let’s fill the bookshelves! And you never know… there may be a drawing or two in the works!