Merry Belated Christmas Readers!!
I haven’t done a Sharing the Wealth blog ALL YEAR 😮 I mean, I shouldn’t be too surprised I haven’t done much reading this year, but I have done enough to fashion a post before the new year!! If you’re new here, I try to do a few posts a year where I review books, podcasts, sermons and such that I’ve enjoyed. Hope ya like it!
1. A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
A friend of mine is pretty obsessed with this book and he was prodding me for a little while to read it. I finally cracked and read it in one sitting at a coffee shop during the summer this year. It’s pretty short but quite a thought provoking, heart searching read. The author weaves the stories of Saul, David, and Absalom together to give a lesson in leadership, brokenness, humility and trusting God’s positioning of people. By the end of it, I was surveying my own experience in various churches and the examples of leadership I had seen. Then, I started looking at myself and seeing where my heart parallels with each of the kings in the story. If you decide to read this, I would be shocked if you don’t pause to check your own heart at least once. You can find this book here.
Referring to David after his defeat of Goliath– “…do you find it strange that this remarkable event led the young man not to the throne but to a decade of hellish agony and suffering? On that day, David was enrolled, not into the lineage of royalty but into the school of brokenness.”
2. Behind the Scenes- To Hell With the Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World (Ep. 59)
A couple months ago, I saw someone on instagram raving about this podcast episode so I decided to see what all of the fuss was about. Jeremy and Audrey Roloff were interviewing Jeff Bethke about his new book, To Hell With The Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World. They discussed the value of slowness, silence, and listening when it comes to our walk with God. It was soooooo good. So good in fact, that I put his book in my Amazon cart so I can read it in 2020. It’s not often that an interview pushes me to actually purchase something, so that’s a huge deal for me! Here is a link to the interview and a link to order the book.
“You have to be okay with that brutality of silence before you can find the beauty of silence. Silence gives you space for you to face up with who you truly are that you’re usually using hustle to fill up or numb or avoid. When you face up with that, a lot of us don’t like what we see. But the good news is that, in that moment, that’s where Jesus meets us.”
3. The Power of Vulnerability- Brené Brown
So my therapist recommended this, specifically the audiobook version of it and y’all…THIS IS WHY I PAY HER THE BIG BUCKS. It’s so funny because Erin (my therapist) hates mainstream stuff and Brené Brown is the epitome of the current “get your life together” fad. But she couldn’t fight the power that is Brené and I needed no further convincing because I’ve been a fan of hers for a few years now. I highly recommend getting the audiobook because she is hilarious and you get the bonus of hearing people in the audience laughing as well. I had to take my time listening to it because it definitely unearthed some deep experiences and emotions, but I was still able to enjoy the journey. If you’re unsure if you’ll enjoy hearing her for 6 hours, check out her TED Talk. If you’re feeling great about it, here’s a link the audiobook.
“No one reaches out to you for compassion or empathy so you can teach them how to behave better. They reach out to us because they believe in our capacity to know our darkness well enough to sit in the dark with them.”
4. A Grief Observed- C.S. Lewis
The final spot on my 2019 reading list is reserved for my literary bae, C.S. Lewis. I have yet to read a book I did not enjoy by him, the man truly had a gift. Of all the books I’ve read in life, no book has made me feel more seen than this one. Although Lewis is writing about the grief of losing his wife to cancer, he perfectly described my own grief I’ve been experiencing due to so many life changes. I wasn’t sure if it would resonate with me, but I found myself consistently thinking as I read, “Yes! That’s exactly how that feels!!” And so, my love for C.S. Lewis grows even more. Here’s a link to the book.
“Not that I am (I think) in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The real danger is of coming to believe such dreadful things about Him. The conclusion I dread is not ‘So there’s no God after all,’ but ‘So this is what God’s really like. Deceive yourself no longer.'”
And that’s a wrap! I look forward to reading and listening a lot more in 2020 so get excited for those reviews! If you end up reading/listening to any of these, please let me know what you think! Also, I’m always up for adding more to my list so give me your recommendations 😃 Thank you for reading!
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