School is back in session and I'm getting back into my rhythm of reads! I had some good ones that I can't wait to share with you.


Here's what I read in August:



I had the opportunity to interview Jeannie Cunnion about her book Don't Miss Out: Daring to Believe Life is Better with The Holy Spirit. This is a beautiful book on the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It's a reminder that a lot of times we do not live as though the spirit of God is truly within us. The same Holy Spirit that empowered Jesus and rose Him from the dead is the same Holy Spirit that lives in us. We should not miss out on that.




There's a lot of books out there that tell us how to save the world, how to do better, how to take care of ourselves and others. Hosanna Wong's book How (Not) To Save The World is essentially a list of what not to do. The subtitle is “The truth about revealing God's love to the people right next to you” and it is loaded with so much goodness. It tells us that people in our lives won't believe that there's a God who wants to be with them if WE do not want to be with them. We can't try to save the world – we have to love people first. 




Strange book title, huh? Most of us don't want to think about this. But in a lot of ways, it's important. The Art of Dying by the late Rob Moll (afterword by his wife, Clarissa) is about how often we live as though death is not among us. It's so separated from our daily lives and closed off that we are sometimes not emotionally or physically prepared with how to move forward. This book is about how preparing to die helps us truly live better. 



This one doesn't come out until September 28th, but let me tell you why you want to pre-order ASAP! Max Lucado's book You Were Made For This Moment dives into the story of Esther and what it looks like for us to live with courage. Life is going to bring challenges, but we can either choose despair or prayer. Such an encouraging book that I highly recommend!



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Note: Just a reminder, as you read the list of books I recommend, remember to use discernment. While I may recommend a book or author, it does not suggest that I am in full agreement with every opinion/statement that the author portrays.


Jamie Ivey