Ok the title for this post is slightly deceptive, as a huge bookworm there is no way five books would keep me entertained for the year, but sometime you need a catchy title for a blog post right?
With that being said lets jump into some of the books I plan on reading this year!
Every Bitter Thing is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things by Sara Hagerty
After having a fairly bitter end to 2015 this book shouted out to me, and was naturally the first book I reached for and devoured one evening.
Sara takes you on her journey of disappointments and unmet desires to renewed hope and strength in God. As it is her story there will be parts that are not applicable to your situation yet the message that God does not only like you but love you exactly the way you are is the same story for all. I loved this quote
”They approached their days with a confidence that God had something for them – not just one big something but lots of little somethings.”
Meeting God in Paul by Rowan Williams
Who doesn’t love to read a condensed book on Paul – what is not to love really! This book is surprisingly accessible to those of whose who haven’t been to bible college. Would I say I prefer this to my beloved Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes by Kenneth E Bailey I would have to say no but it is still well worth a read!
“ We are delivered from slavery and empowered to pray in a new way; Jesus’ way; we are given the strength to live in service and attention and welcome to one another; and the whole long term point of it all is so that the whole universe may see hope coming to birth.”
Simply Jesus: Who he was, What he did and Why it matters by Tom Wright
My church has just started a year long teaching series on Only Jesus and I thought this book might be helpful in some extracurricular reading! I always find I retain more and act on things if I have stumbled across it myself so I am looking forward to jumping into this book soon.
The Spirit of Early Christian Thought by Robert Louis Wilken
I love reading anything about the early church thanks to Bryan M Litfin An Evangelical Introduction to Christian Martyr Stories and Getting to Know the Church Fathers.
I can count on one hand the amount of times in my church life someone has mentioned the early church or a church father but there is seriously something compelling about learning about the very foundations of building church and anyone who is prepared to give birth in a prison, send their daughter off to their family while they go off and get killed by a lion has some serious faith!
Gospel Powered Parenting: How the gospel shapes and transforms parenting by William P. Farley
No reading list is complete for me unless it contains a book that is either going to help me invest into my marriage or with my parenting, its all well and good looking lofty with these theological books but unless I am growing as a mother and a wife I am missing the point!
I had heard about this book through a YouTube Channel Sweet and Simple Home and excited to see how this may help shape my parenting!