Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Look Back at 2015

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Well, friends and fellow bookworms, it’s New Year’s Eve, and 2015 is quickly coming to a close. How can it be? It seems as if just yesterday 2015 was fresh, new, with no mistakes in it.

But this chapter of our lives is headed for the shelves, never to return again, only to be remembered for what we learned, loved, lost, and of course, read in these past 12 months.

I believe 2015 was a year of incredible growth and change for me in many ways, and I hope it was for each of you. It was filled with many twists and turns, ups and downs, laughter and tears, but I can truly say that 2015 was a beautiful year.

I reminded myself each day that my goal in life was simple: to glorify God with my life, enjoy life, and be fearless (because that was my word for 2015). And while I certainly have regrets, I can look back and know that I gave this year my all.

I stretched myself in ways I never thought I could, and I feel as though I am finally discovering myself. It’s a glorious thing to venture out of the cage you create for yourself in your head- there’s a great big beautiful world out there, just waiting for us to explore it!

Today as I looked back over the stacks of books I have read this year, I decided I wanted to mention the ones that really touched me in some way- whether they made me think deeply, laugh hard, or maybe even cry.

What were the books that you will remember reading in 2015?

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7 Women 


I love a good biography, particularly about strong women of faith. And that is exactly what 7 Women is- a collection of short, easy-to-read biographies on seven women who greatly influenced the world, and how their faith propelled them to do great  things.

Covered in 7 Women are Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Theresa.

Of course, I was already familiar with the lives of some of these women, namely Susanna Wesley, thanks to an early childhood in the Methodist church, and Corrie ten Boom, due to a childhood obsession with her family’s courageous actions during World War II.

However, several were new to me- Joan of Arc and Saint Maria of Paris stole my heart, and I gained new insight into the beloved Mother Theresa.

While I may not always agree with bestselling author Eric Metaxas on issues such as feminism, he has done an unusual and impressive job of bringing to life some of the most incredible and inspiring Christian women of the past, enabling readers to appreciate and learn from their lives and legacies.

I cannot recommend highly enough 7 Women, and believe it is a book that both men and women of all ages are sure to enjoy and benefit from.

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The Importance of Prayer

 

As Christians, we know that prayer is important. But all of us struggle to have a healthy prayer life. So how are we supposed to help the children in our life learn to pray?

This is where Rachel Ramey’s little book, Prayer Practice for Kids, comes in handy. 

Easy to read, the book gives many helpful ideas for teaching children the importance of prayer, as well as ideas for teaching children how to pray. Ranging from sample prayers to encouraging prayer journals, Ramey’s book is sure to be of value to parents, Sunday School teachers, or anyone who has children in their life. 

I would highly recommend this short yet helpful book, and would give it an “A”. 

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