Helloooo citizens of Earth!!
No I’m not giving out a bunch of money. I’ve been reading so many great books and listening to many wonderful talks and I just wanted to share the wealth!! Yeah it’s really gonna be that cheesy of a blog title, no shame.
Anywhooooo, I’m going to give you some reviews, links, and personal anecdotes about some of the awesome material that has been shaping me lately! I have not been able to clam up about these and I’m so excited to let you all know what’s up!! YAAAAASSSS!!
This is hilarious because I totally did not enjoy doing reports in school yet here I am doing them for fun.
1. Relationship Goals Series – Michael Todd
Oooooh my goodness this series was so disruptive in my life. 8 videos worth of soul digging scripture and life application. From singlehood to dating to marriage to friendships to your relationship with yourself and most importantly with God, this dude approaches it all with jarring humor. It took me about a month and a half to listen to them all because there was so much to digest. I mm’d and ah’d, cried, laughed, and walked away with some solid practicals that are still serving me. This series is not for the faint of heart or the easily embarrassed, but if you’re ready to be challenged and don’t mind a millennial style approach to God’s Word listen up!! You can check out the series here.
“God only funds His own ideas.”
Rating: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
2. Healing of a Wounded Idealist: A Guide Back to Faith for the Christian Cynic by Justin and Irene Renton
A short, yet dense, read for idealists and those who want to understand how idealists function. I love love LOVE this book. It really helped me make sense of some of the reasons why I do what I do and my thought processes. It’s awesome because it’s written from the perspective of a realist (Justin) and an idealist (Irene), they tag team the subject beautifully. They delve into the situations that tend to stunt the faith of an idealistic Christian and teach how to successfully dodge those pitfalls to get to spiritual maturity. If you are a cynical Christian, or can feel yourself nearing that title, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. Here is a link to buy the book! It’s also kindle friendly 😃
“While the Bible does say, ‘ask and you will receive’, it also describes a lowly widow who had to persevere in her prayers against an unjust judge. If unanswered prayers reflect a lack of faith where does that put Jesus who begged God to take away his cup of his suffering? Something is fundamentally wrong with this theology. It is idealistic and potentially damaging.”
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
3. Good Father and the Prodigal of Psalm 119 – Derik Vett
Hands down the BEST Father’s Day sermon I have ever heard. Like…it was so good. I don’t even know what else to say. But I’ll try because I said I would say stuff. Basically, this sermon was a parallel between the Prodigal Son and Psalm 119:65-72. Derik taught an amazing perspective on how God gives ridiculous amounts of freedom as a Father and His purpose behind it. I’d love to expound more, but it’s one of those things you just have to listen to, it shook me to my core. It was awesome at the same time, because it was underlining all that I have gone through in the past couple of years personally. Here’s the audio link to the sermon ♥️
“No man will love his Bible until God has afflicted him.”
Rating: ♥️ ♥️ 😮 😮 🔥
4. Disappointment With God- Three Questions No One Asks Aloud by Philip Yancey
I am going to try as best I can to make this last review short. I really am. It’s gonna be difficult though.
People. PEOPLLEEE!!! This book is delicious. You know when you’re having a reeeaallly good meal and you realized you forgot to breathe because you’ve been chowing down so hard? That’s exactly how this book was for me. It was like a multi-course feast that seemed never ending. Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be a better dish after the one you just ate the chef presents something even more delectable. I can hear you all thinking, “Okay okay I get it, now tell me why!!!!”
So this dude Philip approaches this book by answering to the best of his ability these three questions that haunt anyone who’s considered the possibility of the God:
Is He silent?
Is He hidden?
Is He unfair?
Then Philip does this huge survey of about 85% of the Bible to answer these questions while weaving in the stories of people he personally knows and his own faith journey. This man does not sugar coat anything. He is realistic from a human stance and a godly stance. So if you have ever been disappointed with God, curious about God’s point of view, disturbed by the book of Job, or you’re having hard time with how the world is, GIVE THIS A READ. I don’t want to say you won’t regret it because I don’t know your life, but I have a hard time imagining how you would regret reading this book so yeaaaahhh. Here’s a link to this gem.
“Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”
This is quite accurate of my journey through this book. The last section of it is INCREDIBLE.
And there it is folks!! My first recommendation list blog post!! Thanks for checking it out! I read and listen a lot so I’ll do this again 😀 No one is paying me to do these reviews so you know it’s legit. Please PLEASE let me know if you end up listening to or reading any one of these. I would love to know your thoughts!!
Moore Awaits ♥️