Growing in our faith can be an exciting time. But there are also times when that growth seems to stagnate. You can probably relate to me when I say that sometimes, I open my Bible eager to learn more of God's Word and yet others, I barely get around to opening it at all.
If you are looking for ways to ignite that flame of excitement or to dive deeper into a specific area of growth, then keep reading. I've suggested 7 books that have all radically transformed my faith and walk with God. These books offer transformation, healing, understanding and growth.
I’m guilty of sometimes wishing that I could meet Jesus for myself. Ask Him my questions. Feel His healing touch. But Jesus says,”Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7). He tells the disciples that it is for their good that He leaves so that the Helper or the Holy Spirit will come to them.
That put things in perspective for me. If we are to view the Holy Spirit as our Helper, our Advocate, one that will be better than Jesus remaining on this earth, how much more would we seek Him out and seek to find His power in our lives?
Do you ever get the feeling that you’re not doing all you were meant for? Do you have a dream that you have yet to set out to achieve? The Dream Giver begins with a beautiful, metaphoric parable about a man named Ordinary who sets out to achieve his dream. He must go against the natural inclinations of himself and those around him in order to do what God has called him to.
How hard is that in our lives today? We may feel called to step out into the unknown, but how many of us actually follow through? The book then give practical ways to set out to understand and achieve your own dream. You will find that in following your dream or your calling, there is fulfillment and passion.
If you have a dream that has been pushed aside or left unnoticed, this book will reignite the passion to follow that dream.
Captivating and Wild at Heart by John and Stasi Eldredge
I will never stop recommending these books (Captivating for the women and Wild at Heart for the men). They beautifully untangle the strengths and the differences between men and women.
In Captivating, you will discover the true beauty that you were created with. This book will help you see the wounds that keep you from the truth of your beauty in Christ and the power that rests within you.
In Wild at Heart, you will uncover the very essence of man. This book will show you the immense strength that God created you with and the power of uncovering brokenness.
I encourage you to pick up one of these books. They go great if read together as a couple, but work wonderfully alone.
Our minds are powerful. They have the power to steer us and the power to destroy us. In this book, Joyce Meyer takes you on a journey to finding victory in your thoughts. Whether you struggle with depression, anxiety, loneliness, or fear, when you begin to consider your thoughts and take control of your mind, you will find freedom and peace beyond measure.
God wants you to have victory over Satan’s grip. If you want to discover how to focus your mind more fully on God’s truth and to overcome any negativity, this book is for you.
C.S. Lewis’s works are undeniably some of the best there are. His writing in this book is no different. This book is based on the fictional characters Screwtape and Wormwood, both demons that seek to bring humanity away from God.
This book will open your eyes to the subtle and intricate ways that Satan can work in your life. It will give you an awareness of the areas in your life that may not be fully surrendered to God. The Screwtape Letters is not only a phenomenal piece, but it is a classic in Christian literature and I highly recommend it!
Breaking Free will lead you through a beautiful transformation from bondage to freedom in Christ. So many of us as Christians live our lives saved and yet still in bondage. We carry around parts of our pasts or piles of struggles that weigh us down and hold us back from the victory that Christ won for us.
This book will not only open your eyes to the areas of bondage in your life now, but it will show you, step-by-step, how to find victory and overcome these areas of struggle.
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