Lets be honest, I would not make a very good book reviewer.
I'm the kind of person who picks up a book and thinks "this is GOLD! I need to tell everyone to read this book!". Then I pick up the next book and think: "wait, now this is really GOLD!".
So, yeah, while I still try to be a discerning reader... I'm pretty easy to win over if the subject is right. Lately, (as you may remember from my last post on books worth reading)... my focus is still on parenting, and growing in God's grace.
For those of you who may be in the same boat as me, seeking to raise your kids to delight in the God of grace (not seeking to grow up little legalists who think they're good in their own rule keeping) may I recommend "GIVE THEM GRACE" by Elyse Fitzpatrick.
This book has challenged and inspired my parenting approach.
It has helped me see my own soul mirrored in my children.
It convicted me about how to show the 'prodigal' loving heart of the Father to my children... when I normally would have held on to my anger/frustration/resentment over their defiant moments.
It really opened my eyes to how I could turn small moments into deeper teachable moments about the goodness of God and the brokenness of our own hearts. How to be humble and honest with my kids... to show them that Mommies need grace too. A lot of intriguing conversations have happened with our oldest daughter (almost 5yrs) since I've read this book.
Another gold book of encouragement for you mamas: "TREASURING CHRIST WHEN YOUR HANDS ARE FULL" by Gloria Furman. She writes in a candid, honest and profound way that sees Christ in every crazy, exhausting, mess of daily motherhood. Check it out.
And, because I'm a slow learner... a lot of the other books on my nightstand are still hollering that same theme: grace, grace, grace! at me.
I just read Tullian's "ONE WAY LOVE" for more on that topic.
While my husband and I are also hoping to host a small group book study of "THE DISCIPLINE OF GRACE" by Jerry Bridges.
Yep, it's a lot of the same theme really.
I need to constantly have my focus clarified.
Because my heart constantly wants to make it all about my 'performance' and my own efforts to 'win' the love of God. In fact, most of our world is based on that paradigm of cause and effect. What others might call 'karma'. We try to apply that to God when we think our efforts at being 'good' are what caused Him to save us. Or, if we truly believe that He saves us through Christ's perfection alone.. we then start to think that it's now up to us to keep ourselves 'good enough' by our own strength. Every day I need grace.
Every day I need the gospel to reorient my thinking.
The crossroads of my brokenness and His beauty intersecting.
My sin and His salvation exchanging.
I could read a million more books on this divine theme!
What's on your nightstand lately?
I'd love to hear your book recommendations as well.