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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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Monday Morning No. 160 – Stop Letting Feelings Dictate Your Life


The following quote has popped up twice in the last week and each time its truth has had the same powerful effect on this reader.

In C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters (which I highly recommend—so insightful), the senior devil, Screwtape, warns his nephew (a junior devil) of the danger of a Christian’s obedience to God despite his or her feelings on the matter.

“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause [the Devil’s cause] is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending to do our Enemy’s will [God’s will], looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” – C. S. Lewis

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Waves of Nostalgia, Basketball Memories and Turning the Page


Nostalgia can pounce on you sometimes.

Such a moment occurred a few days ago as I re-read some of the columns from when I served as sports editor for The Murray State News in college (some of my favorite years).

As I read one column, “Forever Young” (with a tipped hat to Jay-Z), the words resonated with my heart as much now as they did when I was writing about the basketball team losing in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Maybe you need to read it too. Maybe you need permission to dream of better days and greater things. Permission to start a new chapter.

Let’s be brave enough to turn the page.


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Monday Morning Munch No. 39 – Good Reads

“Read, but not to remember everything. Read because that 1% that you remember has the potential to change your life.”-C.J. Mahaney

readingI am so thankful for good reading.

Reading that is passionate, honest, deep and drives me to Jesus.

Currently I’m reading Experiencing the Presence of God by A.W. Tozer and What Jesus Demands From the World by John Piper while re-reading The Mark of a Man by Elisabeth Elliot.

Excellent books.

However, I also try to find time to exercise my heart and mind by reading blogs throughout the week and the following blogs were completely used by the Lord for me, and, although you’ll find a variety of topics, they all have the same goal: the exaltation of Christ.

I hope you find time to read them.

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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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