Monday, July 02, 2012

10 Books that Changed my Faith


Taking my cue from Sarah Bessey:
10 books that changed my faith. Do you have any idea how hard it is to just choose 10? This is woefully incomplete but here is a snapshot nevertheless:

1. Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry by Mike Wilkerson
     "We are all sinner-sufferers. Our sins and our sufferings are quite often intermingled and influence each other. The solution for enslavement to sin and its effects—both the sin we commit and the sins committed against us—is the same: redemption in Jesus."
     "We worshiped our way into this mess and by God's grace we will worship our way out!"
     More in depth book review at BloggingTheologically.

2. Honest to God: Wrestling Your Way to Intimacy with the Creator by Charlie W. Starr
     This book helped me with understanding that it really is okay to be brutally honest with God; that He can handle it and maybe, just maybe, He even loves us more for it. (Think about David, man after God's own heart, and Jeremiah the prophet who had many moments of crying out with anger/frustration/depression to God.)

3. Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman 
     I remember when Kyle preached the sermon series at Southeast for the first time. It was convicting then and it is convicting when you read the book. Jesus doesn't want or need fans. He requires absolute surrendered followers.

4. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning.
     This left an imprint on me but it has been too long and I need to re-read it.

5. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
     Have you ever thought much about the secret to joy or the sin of ingratitude? This book is poetic story, full of conviction and challenges.

6. You Can Change by Tim Chester
     This is not a self-help book. This is a book about the power of the Gospel to change us. Very convicting and encouraging. I just read it a few months ago and feel the need to re-read it again already.

7. Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive by John Eldredge (And the smaller book, Epic)
     I remember reading this and other books by John Eldredge for the first time and thinking he was a kindred spirit. He gets it. The way C. S. Lewis and others spark my imagination. The way God communicates to us through fantasy/faerie stories/epic adventures. Good stuff.

8. Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to God by Brennan Manning (Also Abba's Child)
     I need to re-read these as well. But I remember how they affected me and helped me see God as such a loving Father.

9. Various Poetry by Rumi and Hafiz
     Thanks to my dear friend for introducing me to this wonderful poetry.

10. I know this is cheating but pretty much all of C. S. Lewis's books have done the most in shaking up how I view God and live my life in response. (Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, Til We Have Faces, The Space Trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia... I could go on...)

So what about you?



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