Favorite Spiritual Growth Books

DogFur and Dandelions buttonAs part of my “Favorite Books” series that’s been running, I’ve asked some other bloggers to share some of their favorite books. The first guest post is by Elizabeth of DogFur and Dandelions. I “met” Elizabeth this summer and enjoy her thoughtful posts that encourage Christ-centered living.

First, I want to thank Sheila for giving me this opportunity to share with you all. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her over the past few months, and love this new site of hers – in fact, I’ve already read several books recommended during her 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads series.

When she asked me to contribute to this series, I immediately knew which books I wanted to share with you. These are some of my favorites; they have each influenced my relationship with God in tremendous ways. Each of these book has helped me cultivate a greater intimacy with Him by encouraging a more consistent devotional life, instructing me towards better communication with God, and and exhorting me to remain faithful in those things despite the difficulties of life.

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Favorite Bibles

While it does feel a little strange to talk about “Favorite Bibles”, I’m not talking translation or even type. I’m talking specific published copy. I tend to finish one version and then immediately move onto a new one, because different Study Bibles focus on and highlight different things, and a new translation offers a fresh look at familiar Scriptures. What this all means is that I’ve read a slew of different Bibles, and have had some clear favorites that I recommend highly.

Favorite Bibles - Quest Study BibleNIV Quest Study Bible: The Question and Answer BibleFive Favorite Bibles - NIV Quest Study Bible
If I had to pick just one Bible to read, it would probably be this one, despite the text not being ESV (my favorite version for memorization and study). The sidebar information is extremely helpful, as are the hundreds of articles. Even when I’m reading a different version, there are times when I go back to this one to remember what it had to say about certain sections because it’s so useful. Highly highly recommended.

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Book Review: Perfectly Unique by Annie Downs

Perfectly UniquePerfectly Unique: Praising God from Head to FootBook review of Perfectly Unique: Praising God from Head to Foot by Annie Downs by Annie Downs.

Don’t miss yesterday’s interview with Annie Downs where she discusses which chapter in Perfectly Unique was her favorite to write, as well as the one big take-away she wants readers to get from the book.

I’ve read Annie Downs’ blog off and on for a few years, and I knew she had book out this Fall, but I’d read that it was geared towards teenage girls. So, while I was once a teenage girl, I am most definitely not one now, and figured the book wasn’t one that I’d read. Too many books, not enough reading time.

And then I heard Downs speak at Influence Conference. Not about her book that much, but about Mocha Club and her work with them. And she was so real and approachable, and the little bit that she said about her book made me sit up and think “I have got to read it.”

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Trust. Hope. Rejoice.

Book Review of Trust Hope Rejoice by Elizabeth JohnsonElizabeth Johnson’s Trust. Hope. Rejoice. is a devotional about dealing with life’s difficulties. While Johnson’s perspective is shaped by her health challenges, her devotionals are not limited in application to those who also are dealing with health issues; her Biblical approach and words of encouragement are relevant to any sort of difficulties you might be facing.

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Book Review: Enough by Will Davis Jr

EnoughEnough: Finding More by Living with LessEnough: Finding More by Living with Less by Will Davis, Jr. by Will Davis, Jr.

How do we know when we’ve had enough, living in a culture that pushes for more-more-more?

I’d probably be more enthusiastic about the book, except for reading it so soon after 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. Enough seemed like it covered a lot of the same ground as 7, and in a much more impersonal way. Part of what made 7 so powerful for me was how Jen threw herself into the challenge, and made it so easy to imagine myself in her shoes {so to speak}.

Enough challenges you to evaluate you life, and realize that whatever you have, it’s enough. It encourages contentment in what you already have, and compassion for those in need. All good stuff, to be sure. But coming so soon after reading 7, it wasn’t as powerful as it would have otherwise been. However, I think Enough would be easier to recommend to my husband, or other men. 7 is so personal, with such a feminine perspective, that most guys I know wouldn’t appreciate it as much as I did.

So, if you’re in the market for a book about being satisfied with what you already have, about acknowledging how blessed we already are, about sharing with those in need, either 7 or Enough are good choices. But I’d pick one or the other, and not both.

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Book Details

Title: Enough: Finding More by Living with LessEnough by Will Davis Jr
Author: Will Davis, Jr.
Category: Nonfiction / Christian Living
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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