Words from my heart
The 2013-2014 school year is over at Fresno Pacific and my textbooks are closed. I had a good semester, passed my classes, and made new friends. Before school ended, I spent time with my new friend Cheryl, a charming woman who likes to complement her outfits with red high-top Vans—fun!
We chatted about this and that, and when I mentioned I like to read, Cheryl asked what books and authors I enjoy. To my surprise, I blanked! ME—the one who can hardly carry on a conversation without saying, “In a book I read . . ..” I couldn’t think of one title or name (too many textbooks lately), so I went home and reminded myself. And on Facebook this week, I discovered a quote that resonated with me:
“You read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” From The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I do love books, and today I share with you a few that have shaped me. I’m convinced these books can help our shattered world, a world desperate for repair.
The Grace Awaking by Charles R. Swindoll
Devotional Classics edited by Richard J. Foster
Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life by Henri Nouwen
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller
The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guiness
The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning
Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire: The Encounter That Changed Her Life, and How It Can Transform Your Own by Joseph Langford
The Lessons of Saint Francis: A Monk’s Guide to Daily Life by John Michael Talbot
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Encouragement Changes Everything: Bless and Be Blessed by John C. Maxwell
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
The Language of Letting go: Hazelden Meditation Series by Melody Beattie
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
Thank you, Cheryl, for asking me about books and authors. You inspired this post and I dedicate it to you.
For a complete list, please visit my Goodreads page
New York Times article on The Fault in Our Stars