Sunday, July 12, 2020

Book Reviews | Christian Nonfiction

It looks like many of us around the world will continue to spend a good bit of time at home in the coming weeks as we see spikes in the number of new coronavirus cases. During the past several months, I've been reading through the books on my to-read bookshelf as well as re-reading books from our personal library here at home. So, this week I'll be catching up and sharing reviews of the books I've read this year with the hope that you'll find one or two of interest to keep you inspired or entertained in the days ahead. Today's offering includes several Christian nonfiction selections.

Christian Nonfiction
Christian nonfiction books share real life applications that help us integrate our Christian faith into our everyday lives.


      

Clinging: The Experience of Prayer by Emilie Griffin has been in my personal library for many years and I've read it more than once. This lovely read does not share how to pray or when to pray or what to pray, it simply shares the act of praying and how it affects us. It's beautifully written, and I highly recommend it.

Healing the Soul of a Woman by Joyce Meyer has been on my to-read shelf for a while. The author has shared her personal story of healing many times over the years, in books, magazine articles, and speaking engagements. "Now, with the passage of more time, this book delves deeper into Joyce's story and the journey of healing for all women. Each chapter guides you through whatever obstacles may be holding you back to find your true destiny as God's beloved. God can heal all pain, and He wants to do this in you." This is a good read from a seasoned Christian who continues to grow and serve and walk out her faith in ministry now well into her seventh decade.

I picked up Becky Tirabassi's book Let Prayer Change Your Life when I heard her speak at a Women of Faith conference in 1999. I've read this book several times and always feel inspired to be more diligent in my prayer time after reviewing the author's stories of answered prayers and her commitment to spending one hour a day in prayer. She created a prayer notebook to help her keep this commitment. While I was rereading the book a couple of months ago, I pulled out the notebook I created back in 2001 and was filled with wonder and gratitude at the answers to the prayers I recorded there as a newlywed.

If memory serves me correctly, I received the book Who Does He Say You Are by Colleen C. Mitchell free from the author as part of a Facebook group challenge back in 2016. So, it's obviously been on my to-read shelf for a while. I finally read this book and then added it to the box of books we sold at Half Price books before the pandemic closed everything down back in March. Here's a little from the book's blurb: Catholic missionary and speaker Colleen Mitchell captures the confessions of twelve more women from the Gospels, and shows how their stories answer this crucial question of identity: “Who does he say you are?” Holding up Mary as the ultimate example of intimate, transforming union, Mitchell weaves together moving anecdotes of her own search for identity as a Catholic woman along with twelve accounts of women in Scripture that are at once fresh yet familiar.

Have you read any of these books? Please share your thoughts in the comments, along with your suggestions for additional Christian nonfiction books.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read any of those, but I recently finished a book on prayer so I may investigate the one you've shared. Thanks.

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