Do you re-read books?
I have a few I like to re-read. These are part of my resources. Books that speak over me and encourage me.
It goes without saying but just in case, the Bible is an irreplaceable resource for me. It speaks to me and it amazes me how I can hear the same verse and depending on the day I hear it differently. God speaks through His word and I believe He speaks through other’s too.
So while God is speaking to me through His word, He also comforts me through others words. Books have been a comfort for me especially as I work through healing.
Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning was one of the first books that taught me I can come and sit at Jesus feet as is. I can come to Jesus with all of my feelings that I’ve labeled good or bad. I can come with my sin and sit at His feet and you know what He gave me in those moments, His love. Deep gratitude began to grow in me towards God.
Then it was a few years and a lot of heartache later, God met me with the book Finding Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie Gray and it rocked my world. I was in counseling working through trauma and Bonnie’s words spoke over me so clearly. The heart of her message was that I need “space/rest” for God to speak over my wounds. She has been a kindred spirit and I am grateful for her words and how God to used them in my life. She also wrote Whispers of Rest which is a continuation of how we get spiritual whitespace in our life. This book really helped me reconnect with myself, because God wants to be with all of us not just part of us.
Finally, two books that are impacting my new year. Try Softer by Aundi Kolber and To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue. If you need salve for a worn out soul, if you need comfort, if you need space to just breathe and know you are safe-these book hold that space for you. They draw you back to God and renew a fresh perspective that is better. It is better to try softer and not be so harsh with ourselves. God is a God with compassionate love towards us. I believe He wants us to experience this here and now.
These are some of my re-reads. I will pick them up when I feel misunderstood and hurt. I will pick them up when I need a pick me up. I will pick them up when I need to know I’m not alone. These books break me out of that “stuck” feeling and help me become more curious.
What are you reading that is speaking to your heart?
Encouraging you in a new way?