Winter has an amazing way of making me want to curl up on the couch, near the fireplace, with a hot cup of coffee and dive into a pile of amazing books! Here we are in the middle of February and it is perfect “curl up with a good book” weather 🙂 Although I don’t discriminate my reading to just one season, I do think there is something about the coziness of wintertime and a good book that has a soothing effect on my soul for sure!
So the big question is-
What are you reading this month?
If you read my post from last month you know I started reading Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst and I am also doing an online bible study with the book. If you didn’t read last month’s post click here.
The study goes until the beginning of March so I am not going to do a full update until then, but I would say it is a great book! I am enjoying the coordinating bible study and, as I had realized from the Unglued study too, is that it adds so much more to the reading experience of the book if there is a study that complements it! I get videos, blog posts, questions and encouragement sent right to me that go along with what I am reading! For more info on Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies click here.
A recap of “Becoming More” and some favorite quotes from the book so far:
“Becoming More” is about gaining a deeper connection with God. Not to consider Him another thing on your to-do list and to step away from the good Christian girl check-list and just going through the motions to experience God’s presence personally in your real life. Lysa goes into her own personal testimony of how she came to know God and her trial and errors, ups and downs and encouragement that she has gained along the way since then. She is very relatable, personal and all of her suggestions and wisdom are so very “right on”.
Here are some of my favorite quotes so far:
*”My flawed ideas of God would only let me love Him when He did good things.”
*”The thought that I wasn’t good enough was more than just a feeling. It had become the filter through with I processed life.”
*”I want to be so certain of God’s presence that I never feel like I have to face anything in my own strength or on my own perspectives.”
*”Weren’t Christians supposed to instantly have it all together after saying yes to God?”
*”Becoming more than a good Bible study girl means I separate my shortcomings from my identity and let Jesus be the only measure of my worth. Separating the circumstances from my identity allows me to see the circumstance for what it is- a mistake.” ” …I can choose to use it as a call to action.”
*”If people ever say that Jesus and His biblical truths don’t work, I am quick to ask how consistently they’ve applied what they’ve read. People fail; truth never does.”
*”When I find myself making comparisons and wanting what someone else has, I must consciously choose to redirect my thinking…I am not equipped to handle what they have- both good and bad.”
*”Where there is praise, God’s presence can be felt.”
*”I’m not saying that we have to fake our way into being happy about our circumstances. That makes people in the world shake their heads and deem Christians as crazy people. What I am saying is we can praise God despite our circumstances.”
There is so much wisdom in this book! It is a great read so far….stay tuned for my final follow up next month!
So I decided to start a new book this month (and it may be carried over into next month since I am just getting into it-with 2 littles at home I can not always get through a big pile of books like I used to or dream about in my wintertime reading daydream from earlier) 😉
What other book are you reading this month?
I am getting ready to start Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman! I am super excited to start this book as I love Emily’s blog posts and have read rave reviews about this book! Plus I think it correlates well with my word for 2016- Simplify 🙂
A little summary of what this book is about (straight from the back of the book!)- If you’ve grown weary of do more and dream bigger, small moment living is just what you need. Real life happens in the small moments we find on the most ordinary days of the week. Tuesday holds secrets we can’t see in a hurry- secrets not just for our schedules but for our souls. In Simply Tuesday, Emily Freeman shows you how to
*embrace today’s work
*find contentment in the now
*replace competition with connection
*learn to breathe in a breathless world
It’s time to release our obsession with building a life, and believe in the life Christ is building within us- one simple Tuesday at a time.
Doesn’t that just make you exhale? I am looking forward to sharing more about small-moment living in a fast-moving world next month when I recap this book!
Maybe you will join me in reading Simply Tuesday? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Winter Reading Friends!