Thursday, November 19

The Thankful Project: November 19th

The Thankful Project: November 19th: A Book

I’ve always loved reading. There was one summer when I was in middle school that I read every single Nancy Drew book out there, I believe it was close to almost 150 books at the time (I guess you could’ve considered me a nerd). I unfortunately don’t have time to read 150 books in even a year, but I always try to read at least one book on every trip.

Due to my love of reading, I have a plethora of books that I love. Anything by Jane Austen (Persuasion and Emma are probably my favorites) is always going to hold a special place in my heart. Agatha Christie suspense novels always keep me turning the page. I’m a hopeless romantic so Nicholas Sparks always gets me crying on the plane. I love a series called “Love Finds You”, typical (predictable) Christian romance type stuff.

However if I had to choose a book that I was thankful for, it would be these two:

“A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope and “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers. I was given Redeeming Love by a friend in college and I think I read the whole book in a matter of two-days (in between studying for exams of course). It’s just a wonderful story and representation of God’s redeeming and healing love. Francine Rivers was inspired by the book of Hosea in the Bible, a story of redemption, love, and healing. I’d definitely recommend picking up this book for any woman out there as it speaks to so many themes in our lives as Women of God.

The second book, A Confident Heart, I picked up after finishing a Bible Study with Proverbs 31 Ministries. They send out a daily email devotional and I can’t remember exactly what the devotional was about, but I know it had me crying at my desk (super professional) so I went out to Lifeway and immediately bought the book. I can’t put it better, so here is what I copied from Google Books description:  Often the biggest obstacle to living out our faith is our own doubt--about our worth, our abilities, our relationship with God, and situations in our lives. A Confident Heart gives voice to the questions, doubts, struggles, and hopes so many women have. Author Renee Swope shows women how to identify, overcome, and even use doubt in order to live confidently in God's power, truth, and grace. Perfect for women's small groups or individuals, A Confident Heart is an authentic, insight-filled and encouraging message for any woman who wants to exchange.

I’m thankful that God put these books in my hands and I hope that if you’re searching for something to grasp onto today, that maybe one of these books will speak to you!