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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday


So today I wanted to share ten books you can use for your quiet time. I have a lot of people tell me that they didn't realize they could use nonfiction Christian books for their quiet time, like somehow that's not allowed. Years ago I had a friend tell me she did that and it was so freeing to me. I like to read nonfiction books, but if I have free time I want to read a great novel. So by scheduling in books that help me in my walk during my quiet time, I can do both. It might take longer when you're just reading one chapter at a time, but it also means you take time to really absorb what's being read. I like to have my Bible out to actually look up verses that are referenced and my journal out to write down what spoke to me-- setting goals for myself, writing down prayers, and copying quotes and verses that stand out. This makes the book interactive and not just some print my eyes are running over.

So below are ten books I have done or will be doing in the near future. These are both Bible studies or nonfiction books:

1. Jennifer Kennedy Dean's Live A Praying Life

2. Jennifer Kennedy Dean's The Life-Changing Power In The Name of Jesus

3. Jennifer Rothschild's Self Talk Soul Talk

4. Joyce Meyers' Battlefield Of The Mind

5. Ann Voskamp's 1000 Gifts

6. Steven Furtick's Sun Stand Still

7. Rachel Olsen's It's No Secret

8. Donald Miller's A Million Miles In A Thousand Years

9. Lysa TerKeurst's What Happens When Women Say Yes To God

10. Ava Pennington's One Year Alone With God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God (This book offers short devotions you can do each day. This could be your quiet time or could be something you do before bed or in addition to a shorter study-- whatever works for you. I love studying the names of God and this is a great way to do it!)

These are books that will change your life. They're worth making time for.
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8 comments:

Cheri Bunch said...

A couple of really great reads that I have been encouraged by recently are:
Choosing To See by Mary Beth Chapman and Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo. I have bought several copies of Heaven Is For Real to share with believers and unbelievers alike. It is an awesome book! They both are wonderful and extremely encouraging! I highly recommend them!

I am reading In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day at the present and think it is amazing!!! I shared parts of it with some friends and they are wanting to buy it as well.
What an amazing point of view. I think Christians in other parts of the world tend to live from the perspective of this book, but we in America struggle with the concept. I am finding it very thought provoking!!! Awesome!!!

Love some on your list of ten that I have read! There are some that I need to look into.

Thank you for everything!!!

Blessings,
Cheri

Sheila said...

I just got Joyce Meyer's Battlefield of the Mind and Ann Voskamp's 1000 Gifts. I can't wait to start, but now I have to choose which one to start with! :)
God's Blessings...
Sheila

Heather said...

Thank you for this great list!

Emily B (emleepc@yahoo.com) said...

I'm going to participate in Melissa Taylor's study of It's No Secret at the end of this month...I definitely want to check out some of the other books you listed too!

Shelly said...

Hey Marybeth,

Thanks for such a great, inspiring list.

I've read Battlefield of the Mind - AWESOME!

I'm looking forward to cracking open a few of the others you've suggested!

Thanks! I hope you are well!

Ellen - SkoMomma said...

Friendly suggestion - Start with Ann's book - One Thousand Gifts. It will blow you away. Promise.

Jeanie Jo Cullip said...

This is a great list to add to the several that I already have on my list. Thank you for sharing!

Arlene @At Home with the Grimms said...

One of my favorite devotional books is The Devout Life by Francis DeSales. Written ages ago but still very timely.