TThat’s what I tell Hope when she says she fell asleep reading a good book.
“Falling asleep with a good book in your hands is about as close as you can get to someone rocking you to sleep.”
And I wink and she laughs, “Is that why you have all those stacks by your bed?” And I nod and laugh with her.
And the hens peck and cluck happy on a Friday at the farm and who doesn’t want to settle right down into some good words?
The day’s calling may be collecting the eggs or hanging out a string of worn jeans or serving up a plate of greens — but
“good reading should be the vocation of a lifetime.” ~ John Piper on Teaching, Schooling and Reading
So … here’s what is stacking up on the farm these days…
May I just quietly offer that Mark Buchanan is one of very favorite authors?
A Canadian pastor, no one quite wields words like Mark — a pastor’s heart, a poet’s pen, a storyteller’s wit, Mark’s words leap off the page, shake you awake, and startle you by Grace and Truth and Beauty and Christ.
A very kind reader sent me this book because she thought I might fall for these pages too — and she was right!
I didn’t get two pages in to realize Canadian author, Carolyn Weber, is one very brilliant, warm, and ruthlessly honest woman.
A deserving ECPA finalist this year, Weber’s story of finding Jesus at Oxford had me riveted, smiling, nodding — grateful. A surprising, deeply thoughtful read.
And when this book lay here in the grass and the morning light and a butterfly landed on it ? (oh did you see that in the photo above?) — I so smiled at the happy providential moment!
Because yes, reading the Bible in a Year Will Change Everything for You — just like a butterfly taking to wing!
This is the perfect read as we memorize Sermon on the Mount!
Scholarly yet in layman’s terms, what Tverberg uncovers brings Scripture to light in contextual, astonishing ways.
She makes me hunger to dig deeper in the meaning of the Word…
Simply, Martyn Lloyd-Jones book is a classic.
I have underlined so much of this book — and am praying to live it.
If you are memorizing, or want to understand and live, Sermon on the Mount, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
I carried this book with me on the Compassion Ecuador trip last fall…
Because if you ever wanted to be inspired to change the world, your world? This very little book and easy read — just those letters: SDWSC — speak to a woman’s heart about doing what you can, where you are: She Did What She Could.
Last year, I listened to Elisa Morgan, the founder and long time president of MOPS International and author of SDWSC, powerfully share this message and as a woman who knows the hearts of women, Elisa right kindled me. I love this woman and friend and her heart after her Savior’s heart and how she rallies her sisters to do what we can — a pouring out of love for our Lord.
What really is the Gospel?
Isn’t that the one question we really have to know the answer to?
And isn’t the answer to that question the one we really have to live?
Theologian and professor, Scot McKnight cuts to the quick and shakes you up and uprights you and this is one very thought-provoking, needful read.
Karen Zacharias is one unflinchingly honest writer, a probing investigative journalist and a passionate Christ follower.
April was National Child Abuse Prevention month. And if you love children? And have a heart to be part of a community that protects children from abuse?
I am grateful Karen unforgettably tells the hard stories and asks us not to turn away. This true, heart-shattering story of Karly Sheehan and how her father desperately worked to protect her — is a powerful read that may drive us to our knees. And to be change in our own communities.
Do you have a minute?
That one moment — it could forever change the life of a child.
This book, written by Wess Stafford, the president of Compassion International, made me more attentive and mindful of how each moment with a child is an opportunity to speak hope and grace and Jesus into an eternal soul. A great read as we’re all getting ready to watch the Compassion Bloggers head out for Tanzania this week!
Looking for Mom-encouragement?
It was a joy to contribute to this book with my friend Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries and so many other wonderful mothers.
Just newly released, this MOPS compilation of real encouragement for moms in the glorious trenches, offers what every mom needs to know:
His presence is always there…
So…. will you come on over and tell us what you are reading these days?
And next week’s Friday on the farm? Oh… well, let’s just say yes ma’am!