There are so many wonderful, entertaining, heart-moving and edifying books out there. I could write (and have written) a long list of books that have been a tremendous blessing for me. But today I’d like to share with you just 5 from that list to start off the New Year.
- The Cross-Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing by C.J. Mahaney. This book, although small in size and short in length is big on wisdom. The author points out that so often things, even good ones, distract us from what matters most. The cross. He also challenges us to examine our lives to see around what they are centered. He addresses the downfall and traps of legalism, self-condemnation and a faith driven by feelings and gives practical tips to live an abundant life that is focused on the cross. Start this new year, by remembering the one thing that truly matters in the end. I highly recommend it for every Christian!
- The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. If I had to choose a book, aside from the Bible, that has had the most impact on my walk with Christ, I would say without a doubt this is the one. God tells us to be holy as He is holy, but there are so many misconceptions of what that means. Jerry Bridges dispels the false ideas of holiness, and seeks to define it biblically. He addresses pitfalls that make holiness seem unattainable and shows how we can walk in obedience. If you’ve never read it before, it’s a must-read for 2018!
- The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. An inspiring autobiography of Corrie Ten Boom, a non-Jewish Christian woman who lived in Holland during the Holocaust. Her and her family’s faith, service to God and to His people resulted in them being sent to one of the Nazi concentration camps. Her life and the lives of her family made me reevaluate mine and inspired me to be more faithful and trusting of the Lord.
- The Set-Apart Woman by Leslie Ludy. This is another book centered on the subject of holiness. But this time as it pertains specifically to women. She also presents common misconceptions of what “being holy” is and presents the biblical idea of being set-apart. There are practical reflection questions and a study guide at the end of each chapter to help apply the truths presented to the life of each woman.
- Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore. Her book is a commentary on the book of Luke beautifully written in a novel form. See Jesus anew as He truly is—the One and Only.
Although I highly recommend these books and they have been a blessing to me personally, remember there is only one book that is without error, God’s Word. Read each through the lens of Scripture, understanding that they were written by other human beings on this same journey as us. And as Paul encouraged, “test everything; hold fast to what is good.” May you be greatly blessed this New Year as you draw closer to the great God who gave everything for you. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8.