I am shaped by words…specifically, The Word.
I become what I study; I am what I read.
Word has chiseled me, stretched me, connected me, hammered me, compelled me, rebuilt me, and intensified me.
I can’t explain why, using exact words, but
these 10 books
have moved me the most,
from there to here.
1. The Holy Bible
It’s the master source for all other words.
Without this Word, there would be no others.
2. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
by John Piper
It taught me that my greatest pleasure would come through loving God. And invited me with a subtle urgency to go all out in seeking Him, for my good and His glory.
3. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
by Richard Foster
I wandered into spiritual disciplines through the back door. This book laid out a structure that fit, keeping me better positioned for God to change me.
5. The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth through God’s Eyes
by Robert S. McGee
When I question my worth or my purpose, I still get this book out to remind myself in specific ways what God’s Word says about me instead.
6. Men and Women: Enjoying the Difference
by Larry Crabb
After a fight with my sweetie, this book has brought me to repentance over and over. It also taught me to use my God-given, distinctive resources as a woman to better serve and give to my husband.
8. Free in Christ
by Cecil Hook
It was the first book that cracked the veneer of my religion’s legalism, years ago. And I wiggled out, free, never to return to the same bondage again.
9. Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free
by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
This book (not just for women) taught me to recognize the subtle and not-so-subtle lies that Satan tricks us into believing. And how to counteract them with truths from the Father.
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What books have changed you?