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Be Gone, Unbelief

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It’s no secret Susannah Spurgeon is my favorite.

In the biography Susie, biographer Ray Rhodes Jr. says,

“For Susie, it was always the Gospel, always Jesus. Man is at sea, tossed, helpless, and facing certain death. But there is a ‘majestic Man.’ He is not unaware of the hopeless condition of His people. He is watching. He is the Savior who ‘will tread under His feet the waves of that turbulent sea’ and subdue its dangers as He rescues those whom He so graciously redeems. Such was the writing of Susie Spurgeon.”

Rhodes also referenced the following hymn, part of which, he later explained, is engraved on Susannah’s tombstone (“His love in time past forbids me to think // He’ll leave me at last in trouble to sink”). I looked up the rest of the lyrics and was blown away. What a gift these words have been to my heart the last 24 hours.

I hope they bring fresh drops of mercy to your soul as well.

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May Reads

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May was the month for audio books. 

Road trips and lots of cleaning and cooking created space for a lot of listening time, which was then filled with music, sermons, and, um, five audio books. #nerd.

“Real life is more important than books. It’s living the Christian life that matters; books exist to serve life, and the only books worth writing are those that emerge from a life that is awake, alert, and engaged with real people.”
-Joe Rigney, 
Lewis on the Christian life

Here’s my eclectic reading (and listening) list:

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February + March Reads

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“Be careful what books you read, for as water tastes of the soil it runs though, so does the soul taste of the authors that a man reads.” -John Trapp

The following books have filled my soul’s tastebuds over the past couple months. I recommend feasting on pretty much all of them.

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2017 Reads

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I love to read. 

And this year reading was a challenge.

It was hard to focus and get sucked into the pages because, for the first time in my life, I liked what was happening in my own life better than what was happening in the world of books.

Who knew that was possible?

Instead of spending every free second reading about other people living their lives, I was actually living mine. And it was wonderful and hard and beautiful and excruciating, and I would choose every second all over again to see God the way I do today and to get to know and love (and be known and loved by) the extraordinary people in my life.

Anyway, here are the books I did read. (And, minus the top five, these are in no order whatsoever).

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
-J.K. Rowling

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August Reads

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Oh, August. The month when school starts back, the temperature takes a tiny chill pill, and apparently I have more time for reading (which probably has something to do with the whole back-to-school, all-my-babies-have-left-me-during-the-week-for-the-classroom thing). 

As my schedule opened up so have my bookshelves. The following are the books that filled most of my free time last month.

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Half-Year Reading List

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As of today, 2016 is halfway over.

We’re halfway to Christmas.

What in the world.

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Maybe it’s because I’m nosy or maybe because I’m a nerd, but I love it when people share what they’re reading. Whether it’s on Instagram or on one of my best friends’ blogs, I love seeing what people are reading and what they find in the pages of a book (because books are magical and I’m a nosy nerd).

So, the following is what I’ve read so far this year, broken down by month.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 111 – Five Quotes to Start Your Day

Elisabeth Elliot: Faith is the willingness to receive whatever He wants to give and the willingness not to have what He does not want to give. … Furthermore, faith does not insist upon an explanation. It is enough to know His promise to give what is good—He knows so much more about that than we do.

John Owen: Christ is our best friend and ere long will be our only friend. I pray God with all my heart that I may be weary of everything else but converse and communion with Him.

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Lend me thine eyes…read these

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It hit me two weeks ago that as a freshly minted college grad I no longer have to read text books. Like, ever again (praise and raise). Rather, I can read whatever I want for the rest of my life. Oh, hey 78 unread books on my shelf. Get in my hands. And may the truth of God’s Word in the pages get in my heart and forever stay.

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