I follow the A3 blog-“Almost An Author.” Several weeks ago a post challenged me to list the ten most significant books I have read. At first I thought of that question “If you were stranded on an island alone what three books would you want to have with you?” I would have extreme difficulty picking just three, I think.
So I started my list. I quickly thought of ten, then another one, then two more…you get the picture. I scanned the spines of almost every book On My Shelf and finally settled on the list that follows.
Most of them are not about writing. They are about living. I hope you’ll be challenged to read a few of them for yourself. If you do, please let me know on my Facebook author page or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND please share with us (in a comment) or (on my Facebook author page) a few titles that have impacted your life.
Roughly half the list follows. The next half will be right here waiting for you next Tuesday. Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts.
God’s infallible, authoritative Word is the guide for my life. It lead me to salvation in Christ, and is the source of (hopefully) all of my decisions, and shapes my belief system and my worldview.
Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund
Helped me to organize and prioritize my life and my choices into three areas (God, Family, Others) which I later refined as two priorities; (1) My relationship and responses to Christ; (2) My relationships and responses to other people.
The Principles of Spiritual Growth by Miles J. Stanford
I read this the first time a few months after I accepted Christ. It revealed to me the depths of the Christian life and God’s desire for me to be more than “just” a Christian; and both challenged and equipped me to grow into a deeper relationship with Christ.
Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot
This was one of the first devotional books I used as a maturing Christian. I’ve read it several times. Each entry encourages me to seek quietness and rest in my life.
Descending Into Greatness by Bill Hybels
Cemented for me one of the pillars of my life: the only way to greatness is to become a servant to God and to all the people who intersect my life.
Honest to God by Bill Hybels
Challenges me to live authentically and transparently before God and other people.
Fit to Be Tied by Bill Hybels
Helped me to release the shame and guilt I lived with because my marriage wasn’t beautiful and harmonious. I am responsible to God only for MY part of our marriage. My husband is responsible to God for his part. The book also gave me hope that God will use our broken marriage for His glory.
Scribbling In the Sand by Michael Card
Challenges me to live and work creatively, and to allow God’s creativity to flourish in my life and overflow to bless other people.