Present over Perfect- Shauna Niequist
This book was a read twice book by me. This is not my norm. I need this message often. I desire to be present, to truly abide with Christ in this life and stay focused on the main things. This book has been an encouragement on this journey.
“Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.”
The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan
As a family in full-time ministry the sabbath can be elusive. This is an excellent book that draws on some great past resources to explore the sabbath and explore why we find it difficult and how to be intentional with it.
“In a culture where busyness is a fetish and stillness is laziness, rest is sloth. But without rest, we miss the rest of God: the rest he invites us to enter more fully so that we might know him more deeply. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Some knowing is never pursued, only received. And for that, you need to be still. Sabbath is both a day and an attitude to nurture such stillness. It is both time on a calendar and a disposition of the heart. It is a day we enter, but just as much a way we see. Sabbath imparts the rest of God—actual physical, mental, spiritual rest, but also the rest of God— the things of God’s nature and presence we miss in our busyness.”
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Where you are – Ann Voskamp
So full disclosure Ann Voskamp is one of my favorite people. I was following her blog before the book and it was so refreshing and encouraging for my soul. This book was instrumental in solidifying the connection between joy and gratitude and their role in healing from our past and enjoying our present moments. Choosing just one quote is too difficult so I recommend the reading of the book and then head to her blog. You will need a highlighter.
You can find her writings at her blog http://annvoskamp.com/ I recommend signing up for her email or you can follow her on fb. It is nice to have encourage and also a gentle iron sharpening iron. She lives her life boldly in the shadow of the cross in the power of the resurrection. Her writing is worth reading.