Books That Shone the Brightest The Word of God by The Holy Spirit I’ve always had a Bible in the house, but not until I decided to move beyond my traditional concepts and let the Author teach me as I read, did the light of The Word break through my darkness. Mister God, this is Anna by Fynn I read this enchanting book for the first time when I was in my twenties. Anna gave me permission to look for God outside the box my upbringing had placed Him in. And, wow, what a God I’ve found! A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken This memoir snagged my interest when I was a young mother. A couple I deeply admired were separating and I doubted there was any such thing as true love. I even had doubts about God. A Severe Mercy helped me believe again. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis Since A Severe Mercy (above) mentioned that Sheldon Vanauken was personal friends with C. S. Lewis, I went looking for Lewis’s books. Mere Christianity cut out all the religiosity and gave me Christ. Steps to Christ by Ellen G. White A little volume with deep insights. Insights I didn’t grasp until I was much older than I should have been. The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason Struggling for my own contentment, this book spoke what my heart could only feel. Writing for Story – Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction by Jon Franklin The first book on the craft of writing that I read. It kept me going. Now, many wonderful books on the subject fill my shelves. This one holds a special place in my heart. Your Perfect Right – A Guide to Assertive Living by Robert E. Alberti, Ph.D. and Michael L. Emmons, Ph.D. I have no more or no less rights than you and vis versa. Passive: Spare me. Aggressive: I shut down. Assertive: Done well, we both win. Concepts I needed to learn early on. Concepts I continue to learn. Boundaries – When to Say Yes. When to Say No. To Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend When a child is violated and truth is suppressed, personal boundaries are tough to own. This book gave me answers. Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard It’s amazing how this precious book has spoken to me at different times in my life. It has often offered hope, courage, and new glimpses of God. See with New Eyes – The True Beauty of God’s Character by Ty Gibson You can’t surrender to someone you don’t trust. This book helped me believe in a God who is head- over-heels in love with me and truly wants only my best good. How Jesus Treated People by Morris L. Vendon When I failed God so miserably I was convinced He could never use me again, this book offered hope. It re-assured me that only as I realized God's love and acceptance, could I grow out of my mistakes. Ah, the love and mercy of my Lord! Surprised by Joy and The Four Lovesboth by C. S. Lewis Growing up in a legalistic religious culture, I, like C. S. Lewis, was surprised by joy. God promised I would experience fullness of joy, and once His love broke through, I did. The Four Loves is just a cool book that led the way to new thinking and also confirmed some of my personal experiences. In fact, I think I’ll add it to the stack beside my bed to read again. The Myth of a Christian Nation by Gregory A. Boyd What kingdom do I really belong to? This, more recent read, speaks clearly to how a member of the Kingdom of Heaven should relate within this Kingdom of Earth. Timely. Repenting of Religion – Turning from Judgment to the Love of God by Gregory A. Boyd More than any book I’ve read, this, one of my latest books, sums up in 228 pages what it’s taken me well over half a century to learn by trial and error. So worth the time.
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Then shall your light break forth like the dawn. ~ Isaiah 58:8 See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer And the light shone in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. ~ John 1:5 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:6 In a knowledge of God all true knowledge and real development have their source. ~ Ellen White Am I not a spark of Him who is the light? ~ George MacDonald God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. ~ I John 1:5
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Books That Shone the Brightest The Word of God by The Holy Spirit I’ve always had a Bible in the house, but not until I decided to move beyond my traditional concepts and let the Author teach me as I read, did the light of The Word break through my darkness. Mister God, this is Anna by Fynn I read this enchanting book for the first time when I was in my twenties. Anna gave me permission to look for God outside the box my upbringing had placed Him in. And, wow, what a God I’ve found! A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken This memoir snagged my interest when I was a young mother. A couple I deeply admired were separating and I doubted there was any such thing as true love. I even had doubts about God. A Severe Mercy helped me believe again. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis Since A Severe Mercy (above) mentioned that Sheldon Vanauken was personal friends with C. S. Lewis, I went looking for Lewis’s books. Mere Christianity cut out all the religiosity and gave me Christ. Steps to Christ by Ellen G. White A little volume with deep insights. Insights I didn’t grasp until I was much older than I should have been. The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason Struggling for my own contentment, this book spoke what my heart could only feel. Writing for Story – Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction by Jon Franklin The first book on the craft of writing that I read. It kept me going. Now, many wonderful books on the subject fill my shelves. This one holds a special place in my heart. Your Perfect Right – A Guide to Assertive Living by Robert E. Alberti, Ph.D. and Michael L. Emmons, Ph.D. I have no more or no less rights than you and vis versa. Passive: Spare me. Aggressive: I shut down. Assertive: Done well, we both win. Concepts I needed to learn early on. Concepts I continue to learn. Boundaries – When to Say Yes. When to Say No. To Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend When a child is violated and truth is suppressed, personal boundaries are tough to own. This book gave me answers. Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard It’s amazing how this precious book has spoken to me at different times in my life. It has often offered hope, courage, and new glimpses of God. See with New Eyes – The True Beauty of God’s Character by Ty Gibson You can’t surrender to someone you don’t trust. This book helped me believe in a God who is head-over-heels in love with me and truly wants only my best good. How Jesus Treated People by Morris L. Vendon When I failed God so miserably I was convinced He could never use me again, this book offered hope. It re-assured me that only as I realized God's love and acceptance, could I grow out of my mistakes. Ah, the love and mercy of my Lord! Surprised by Joy and The Four Lovesboth by C. S. Lewis Growing up in a legalistic religious culture, I, like C. S. Lewis, was surprised by joy. God promised I would experience fullness of joy, and once His love broke through, I did. The Four Loves is just a cool book that led the way to new thinking and also confirmed some of my personal experiences. In fact, I think I’ll add it to the stack beside my bed to read again. The Myth of a Christian Nation by Gregory A. Boyd What kingdom do I really belong to? This, more recent read, speaks clearly to how a member of the Kingdom of Heaven should relate within this Kingdom of Earth. Timely. Repenting of Religion – Turning from Judgment to the Love of God by Gregory A. Boyd More than any book I’ve read, this, one of my latest books, sums up in 228 pages what it’s taken me well over half a century to learn by trial and error. So worth the time.