Happy New Year!
I love ringing in a new year. After the chaos and hustle-bustle of the Holiday Season, it’s nice to take a breath and start fresh. It’s also a great time for setting goals.
If your goals include reading more, challenging yourself personally, growing in your relationship with God, or any combination thereof, I have five great books you will want to read this year (listed in no particular order).
In the way only he can, Max takes you through the life of Joseph and shows you how the very God who was with Joseph in the pit and the prison, and the same God who placed Joseph in an Egyptian palace, is the very same God who is working in your circumstances, no matter how bleak or grim they may seem. If you know someone facing a difficult life-circumstance, this is the book for them!
Prepare to have your prayer life revolutionized. If you desire a stronger prayer life in 2014, you need to read this book. It will answer questions you’ve always had about why/how prayer is answered, and it will challenge you to go deeper in prayer and in faith. I read it last year and just pulled it off the shelf to read again.
3. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
This timeless devotional grows better each time I read it. In fact, it’s the only devotional I’ve read multiple times. I’ll be reading it again this year. Yes, it’s that good!
Ann will challenge you in ways you never realized you needed to be challenged. With her comfortable and friendly writing style, she will gently urge you to “fully embrace” every moment you experience and learn to be truly thankful for it.
5. The Bible
I don’t include this to be trite, or even because it’s a “given.” The truth is, it should be a given. As the highest all-time selling book, and the only one ever written by God himself, it should be at the top of the list. But I put it last intentionally. Because too often we (myself included) are quick to give lip-service to the promises and truths of the Bible, but we neglect to crack it open on a regular basis.
I can’t wait to see what God does in 2014…let’s get started!
What books would you add to the list?
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