Finished this month:
Spurgeon’s Sorrows by Zack Eswine
This book was so, SO encouraging! If you struggle with depression or if you have never struggled with it you need to read this book! For those suffering it gives some great comfort and encouragement and for those who want to help it will give you great insight and ways you can understand and truly help those struggling.
The Set Apart Woman by Leslie Ludy
Such a wonderful book! Written for women single or married this will be a great encouragement to you in your walk with Christ. I was greatly encouraged and reminded of so many things that help us in our walk with Christ. Filled with thoughtful advice on how to build godly habits and thoughts on how to view your “self”, your time and your interests and what you should be focusing on. Also counsel on how to train your mind to say no to/put off negative, ungodly or unhelpful thoughts and learn to set your mind on the things of God and on the truth of His Word. And over all, how the Gospel needs to be the foundation of everything in our lives.
“We ask God to give us the desires of our hearts, all the while forgetting that He should always be the chief desire of our hearts.” (p. 141, emphasis hers)
“Far too many of us spend the majority of our prayer and quiet times meditating upon ow we feel rather than upon who God is.” (p. 60)
“We’ve been conditioned to believe that self-promotion is right and good, but as set-apart women, we are called by God to forget ourselves and let all our own interests become swallowed up in Him. We are not to see the highest place, but the lowest one.” (p. 119)
I also finished reading Psychology & Christianity: Five Views (edited by Eric L. Johnson) which I was reading for a class. Very interesting and I understand the different perspectives better now. But “Biblical Counseling” by far gives us the view with the highest view of God and Scripture and I think also helps to see man’s sufferings the clearest.
Trusting God (even when life hurts) by Jerry Bridges (re-reading this one because sometimes, trusting God is really, really hard).
Additional books I want to read this next month:
Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Thabiti Anyabwile
Faith on Trial: Psalm 73 by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Infant Baptism & the Covenant of Grace by Paul Jewett (This is written by a Covenant-theologian [CT], but he is anti-infant baptism and most CT believe in infant baptism. I don’t agree with CT or infant baptism but going to a Presbyterian seminary this fall I’m reading it to better understand it.)