Here is a list of some of the books I’ve read in the last few weeks/months, and an honorary from early this year.
by Ralph Moody and the follow-up books,
Man of the Family
Mary Emma and Company.
I would equate these books to a boy’s version of Little House on the Prairie. Written as memoirs of his childhood and early life, Ralph tells how his family made the best of situations in 1909 and onward. I’ve read these all before, but it had been such a long time that I read them again while I was home to visit my parents. Problem? There’s many more in the series that I didn’t get to read, so they will be on my list for next time I visit.
The Hardest Peace
by Kara Tippetts. Get ready to cry. This is written by a dear lady who passed away in March 2015 from cancer. In her book she shares how she’s learning to love big, and make every moment count. She’s very open in her struggles to trust God, but finds she is best comforted when she leans on Him. She started a blog to document her journey and it is still going today- giving encouragement to others.
Just Show Up
by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn. This is another book by the above author. In it you find practical advice on how to come alongside someone in a hard place. They share suggestions in caring for relationships and physical needs (bringing meals and doing laundry, helping with childcare etc.) I cried a heap as I read because the authors wrote it knowing that Kara was dying and they were going through the grieving process even then. Here is just a few quotes from the book.
Showing up for another says, “I see you. Your pain is known, and though I cannot make it better, I’m here and that’s what matters.”
We might not feel qualified to show up. I know I never have and probably never will. But God uses those of us who aren’t qualified so that He’s glorified.
Showing up in suffering benefits both sides, and it has to be entered in from both sides.
Fear is a lonely companion.
… I feel as though I’ve shed one layer of me so another could be revealed. Another step on the path to doing what God asks of me.
by Joni Eareckson (now Tada) I’ve read other versions of her biography (a children’s one…) but never read this book, and it was a good book to read after finishing Just Show Up. Joni shares her depression and doubt and many levels of learning to trust God in her new life as a quadriplegic. I love getting Joni’s emails from her website Joni and Friends. This week marks 49 since her accident. Even though there are differences in our church relations and such, I appreciate the ministry that Joni has towards people in need (disabilities, special needs etc.). She has such a heart for people and the Lord that I’m ashamed of my own attitude towards other’s needs.
This is not sponsored, all opinions are my own.
Thanks for reading,