I love to read. Fiction, non-fiction, historical, self-improvement, children's literature, picture storybooks, science, and any other well-written, quality literature. I love to learn new things, to have my perspective challenged, to read a good story. I could stop there, but instead I would like to share those good books with you! Now, I should have been doing this for years. There are so many good books out there that I've read, that my boys and I have read together, that I have wanted to share with others. Instead of listening to the voice of regret that says it's too late to start, I'm going to choose to move forward and share with you books that I have enjoyed and been challenged by! And maybe along the way I'll be reminded of some of my favorites from the past as well.
Recently, I read Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge. I love that it challenged how I view Jesus, his personality, and how his personality is revealed in nature and other people. It brought back hope that I can experience Jesus on a deeper level and know him and be known by him in a more intimate way. The book also helped to peel away some layers of 'religion' that had crept into my life. If you are up for having your perspective challenged, or perhaps just want to see Jesus and his love for you in a different way, then I would recommend this book.
I won't usually highlight two books in one post, but I am compelled to share another book with you as well. Personally, I'm trying to do better about finishing one book before I start another. It helps me to stay focused on what I am reading at the moment. As soon as I started reading Beautiful Outlaw, another book on my 'To Read' list came available at the library. It took all of my self control to wait until I was finished with the book I was currently reading before picking up The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews.
The Noticer Returns is all about perspective, how we think and what we think, and the conclusions we draw about what happens to us in life. These conclusions shape the decisions we make and the actions we take or don't take. Those actions that we take affect our influence in the lives of those closest to as as well as those we have yet to meet. This book, as well as the book that precedes it, The Noticer, are both engaging stories that continue to challenge me at the core of who I am and what I believe about life. I would highly recommend both of them!