Season’s Greetings readers!
Happy December and welcome to another Sharing the Wealth post! This has been a year with loads of reading, listening, and learning so I figured I should let others know what’s been up. Shall we hop in?
1. Demolishing Strongholds – Anselm Beach and Kristin Moulden
In August, I went to a Singles Conference my church hosted in Phoenix and ugh it was the best. I should have done a blog post about it, but at the same time, you kinda just had to be there. Anywaaays, my best guy friend, Anselm, and a women’s ministry leader from Chicago, Kristin, put together an incredible lesson on demolishing strongholds. Don’t know what a stronghold is? No problem, they’ll explain it to you. Basically, this class was about breaking through the walls in your heart, mind, and character that the hope of Jesus hasn’t reached yet. This lesson helped me to increase my vulnerability with God. It’s good. Real good. Listen here.
“Anything you withhold from God will be used by Satan.”
2. Anxious For Nothing- Max Lucado
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of Max Lucado, but this book was wonderful. It’s simple break down of Philippians 4:4-8 that makes you want to take multiple deep, calming breaths. God is great and capable, but when stuff starts going haywire this fact gets clouded, or maybe reveals our true perception of God. In Anxious For Nothing, you’ll get a relatively short and sweet guide to letting go and letting God. This was a welcome break from the ultra deep books I had been reading throughout the year. I LOVE meaty books, but sometimes it’s good to have a short read that aims to lighten your heart and mind. You can snag the book here.
“Your anxiety decreases as your understanding of your Father increases.”
3. Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien
A good, but at times uncomfortable read. Fellow Westerners if you choose to read this book, pray for humility and an open mind before you start. I made it pretty far into this book before I felt attacked, not in a bad way, but in a “Hey there, ease up.” sort of way. The authors are just sharing what they have learned about biblical cultures and some of what they’ve learned does not line up with Western ideology. Since they’re both westerners it’s a little easier to digest. It’ll have you reading the Bible a bit differently, I don’t think that’s a bad thing though. I’ll leave it at that. You can check it out here.
“At some point in this generation, ‘Take up your cross and follow me’ changed into, ‘Come to Jesus and he’ll make your life better.'”
4. God Series- The Bible Project
This podcast series is freaking insane. I have referred, and honestly annoyed, many people to listen to this. I was listening to it with my Mom originally, but I left her behind because I couldn’t wait to hear more of what they were discovering. Sorry, sorry. Let me backtrack.
Where did the concept of The Trinity come from?
Who’s the Angel of the Lord?
WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON IN THE FIRST PART OF GENESIS?
These questions and many more are explored in 18+ episodes of amazingness. This series is literally about God. It focuses on how He’s described in the Bible and His many attributes. But this is also a series that dives into a rabbit hole about the spiritual realm and boy howdy it’s wild. I LOVE IT AND I DON’T WANT IT TO END. I have yet to hear of anyone who I made listen to it that regretted their decision. If anything, I now have more Bible nerds to chat with. The series is fascinating, utterly fascinating. You can start listening to it here. You’ll need a helmet though because it’s mind-blowing.
And there ya go!! Pleeeassseee let me know if you ended up reading or listening to any of these. I’d love to hear your thoughts about them! Also, if there are any books/sermons you’re thinking I should check out please comment! I already have a pretty nice-sized list, but I will gladly add to it. Til next time!
Moore Awaits ♥️