Top 5 Faith-based Books I’ve Read This Year

5. Embracing Soul Care by Stephen Smith. “Deep passion emerges from deep suffering. Jesus didn’t hide his problems. We don’t have to hide Stephen Smith, Soul care, peaceful trees, faith, hopeours. Real prayer is real feelings expressed in real ways to a real God” (pp. 103-104).

Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Faith4. Fueled by Faith by Jennifer Kennedy Dean. “Let’s go back to the experience of the person who says something like, ‘I had faith that God would do a certain thing, and then He didn’t.’

I will have to challenge you. You did not have faith. You had belief. You cannot have faith in an outcome. You can only have faith in a person. Jesus said, ‘Have faith in God‘” (pp. 20-21).

3. When Life is Hard by James MacDonald. “God is never more present than when you are suffering. The harder suffering, James MacDonald, life, barren tree, tree in winterthe trial, the closer He moves toward you. Are you feeling crushed today? God is rushing toward you to stand beside you and help you. . . . If you believe God exists to make you comfortable, you will find Him absent in your discomfort. If you believe God exists to make your life run smoothly, you will find Him absent when your life hits a rocky patch. If you believe God exists to make you happy, you will find Him absent when your heart is broken and your tears are flowing.

But if you believe God’s goal is to make you holy, you will feel His arms around you in the center of your hardship” (p. 147).

prayer, Tom Elliff, intimacy with God, praying life2. A Passion for Prayer by Tom Elliff. “But God knows exactly what He is doing in each of our lives. . . .God assures us that He is powerfully and lovingly at work for our good and His glory in every life situation. . . . He is sufficient in every circumstance; He has a beneficent purpose for each day’s events. . . .

However, since we sometimes cannot clearly see His ultimate purpose, our immediate goal must be to cooperate with His plan and to keep trusting Him” (pp. 170-171).

1. Meet the Bible366 NIV readings from the Old and New Testament with devotional and reflective comments/questions by Philip Yancey Bible, Daily Devotional, Philip Yanceyand Brenda Quinn.

From the reflection after the book of Job, Philip Yancey says: “To understand this issue of human freedom, it may help to imagine a world in which everyone truly does get what he or she deserves. That imaginary world has a certain appeal. It would be just and consistent, and everyone would clearly know what God expected. Fairness would reign. There is, however, one huge problem with such a tidy world: it’s not at all what God wants to accomplish on earth. He wants from us love, freely given love, and we dare not underestimate the premium God places on that love. Freely given love is so important to God that he allows our planet to be a cancer of evil in his universe–for a time. . . .

God wants us to choose to love him freely, even when that choice involves pain, because we are committed to him, not to our own good feelings and rewards. . . .(Job) did not seek the Giver because of his gifts; when all gifts were removed, he still sought the Giver” (p. 384).

See also:

What Do You Do When You Can’t Hang On?

Despairing

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