I said in an earlier post that I was going to read more in 2007. So far, so good. I have now read 3 books. The first was a novel, can't recall the name of it right off hand (obviously it wasn't a favorite of mine). But I enjoyed how easy it was to read, if that makes any sense at all to you. The second was actually a re-read of a book I read last year but had wanted to dig into a little deeper. It was called "Sex God" by Rob Bell, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be challenged in his or her spiritual walk. It's really great stuff. Rob Bell is a gifted speaker and pastor of Mars Hill Church. I have been blessed to hear him speak a few times! If you ever get the chance to hear him, go!
The 3rd is a book I have anxiously awaited. I ordered this book months ago, but it was on back-order. It came in on January 3rd, and I read it that day. I could not put it down! I have now read it through twice and am on my third time! No joke... it's that good. What is it, you ask? It is "Stumbling Toward Faith" by Renee Altson. The author has written a beautiful memoir of her own abuse and the lingering effects of it on her ability not only to trust people, but also God. For anyone who has ever questioned God, I recommend this book. For anyone who has ever felt abandoned by God, read the book. If you have been through hurt, read the book. Seriously, it has changed how I view pain. God has been teaching me for the past year or so just how He can use my painful experiences to make something good. We have to let God work in us despite our questions. I am getting the whole scripture that says "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief". Renee Altson's book resonated with me, not only because she is also a survivor, but because she is real about her difficulty with faith.
Just so you know... I have started my 4th book already. More details when I am finished!