Non-Fiction Reads May 2014 (Twitterature linkup)

Overall, I read much more fiction than non-fiction but over the past month I have finally finished or almost finished the following non-fiction books.  I am thankful how God puts books in my path that are just what I need.  As I get over jet lag, I am also finding non-fiction is much more conducive to going back to sleep after waking up at 3:30 in the morning.  So maybe I can get a few more non-fiction titles off  my list this coming month.  Once again I am linking up with Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy in her monthly twitterature series where each blogger does short reviews on books they are reading.

1.Dwelling in His Presence/30 Days of Intimacy with God by Cynthia Heald
These readings were a nice way to start my day.  Each day the scripture was timely to what was going on in my world.  Day 20 was my favourite day with this quote:

“God seems to place a higher priority on our spiritual safety than on our physical well-being.”

Day 20 ended with a insightful explanation of the armour of God and how each piece is needed.

2. Help for Women Under Stress by Randy and Nanci Alcorn

This book is timely for me.  I took the stress test and scored a little higher than I would like.   Even though I am only 33% into the book, I am taking away many truths.    The book begins with a description of what stress is and how it affects us and then transitions to how we can cope better with the stress in our lives.

3.Broken Down House by Paul David Tripp

I will be reading this book again.  The following quote was just one reason that I loved this book.

“My security is not to be sought in the degree to which I am able to control the people and situations in my life.  No, I can accept the smallness of my power because I am the son or daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is in control, I am not, and that is exactly as it should be.”

The chapters on waiting, anger and ministry were helpful for this month of unknowns, changes and whys.  Paul David Tripp’s writing reminded me of what a faith lived out should look like.

4.Graceful(For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try Hard Life by Emily Freeman

I wish I had read this when I was in High School but am glad I was able to read it with my 17 year old daughter.   Emily did a great job of describing the mask that young ladies and old ladies too wear to hide the real person inside.  I appreciated how Emily uses scripture to explain how we can live better and more free without these masks.  Her commentary on John 10 in chapter 12 will be something I refer back too as a reminder of God’s love and provision for us.

5.Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World by Sean McDowell

We read this book together as a family.  Sean was straightforward in talking to teens about the relevant issues of today.  The book was a great starting point for our family to discuss issues such as abortion, judging others, the case for marriage, and the morality of war to name a few.

What books are you reading this month that you would recommend? Or maybe even not recommend?

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