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Subject: Life Changing Books
Date Posted: 6/9/2008 3:02 PM ET
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I think I may have asked this a long time ago (or something similar to it), or maybe I only think I did, but I think we've got new people posting that we didn't have before.

So, what book(s) have you read that you feel made a big impact on your life?  Fiction or non-fiction doesn't matter.  And it doesn't necessarily have to be a huge life change.  Maybe just something you read that made you really resolve to do better, or to make even a small change in your life.  Or something that strengthened your faith, or just touched you in some way.

For me, I think Safely Home by Randy Alcorn was really impactful.  I honestly had never really known about the underground church in China, or how persecuted Christians are in other countries.  It was eye-opening, and it also made me resolve to be stronger in my faith, and to really think.  If someone was pointing a gun at my head, and telling me to deny Christ or they'd shoot, what would I do?  I'd like to think that I would never deny Christ, but I also know there'd be a lot of other things running through my head at that moment.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 3:56 PM ET
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You mean aside from the Bible? ;)

Books are great but I've yet to read one that really changed my spiritual life. I've just started Lord I Want to Know You and have high hopes for it. I have a bunch of books on intercessory prayer coming to me, and I feel ready to dive into them and learn and be moved, so maybe it's about mindset?

Anyway, they are The Sacred Joy of Praying for Others, The Power of a Praying Wife, Miracles Happen When Women Pray, and Intercessory Prayer: How God Can Use Your Prayers to Move Heaven and Earth.





And also these two books that I am looking forward to reading, Taking Up Your Cross and Contemplating the Cross.



I have so many spiruality-related books on my shelf. But I tend to read them so slowly that it takes me forever to get through them. I am making it a point all summer to spend time every morning in one of my books, growing my faith deeper.

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Date Posted: 6/9/2008 4:05 PM ET
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As I pondered that question, other than the Bible (of course), I would say... Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets them Free by Nancy Leigh Demoss and Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. Both have had a tremendous impact on how I live my daily life for Christ.

P.S. To Brenda, I like your profile images ;-)

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 4:15 PM ET
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I think I'm reading one now.  It is "True Devotion to Mary" by St. Louis de Montfort.  I've been wanting to have a closer relationship to Christ's own mother.  I've also really LOVED all the books I've read by Scott Hahn.  I've learned so much about my faith and his books are soooo easy to read.  I do feel my faith has increased by learning why it is I believe what I do. 

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 5:13 PM ET
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A couple come to mind.  An Arrow Pointing to Heaven - a devotional biography of Rich Mullins - really struck me deeply.  The way Rich lived his life is truly an inspiration to me and makes me want to be a better person (he'd probably hate to hear that, but it's true!). 

Joyce Meyers' Battlefield of the Mind and Enjoying Where You Are On The Way To Where You Are Going changed the way I think about things - and what I decide to think about - a LOT.

This may be a strange one, but one of my favorite books is Stephen King's The Stand.  It's truly a good vs. evil story, and there are some parts in there that really move me.  

One of the scenes - Tom is a mentally challenged man, and he is sent from the "good guys" camp to spy on the "bad guys".  When when he is in the bad guys' camp, he is looking around at all the people and thinking to himself that these people don't really seem that bad.  They treat him nice, don't make fun of him, and he has friends.  But there's something missing.  And he realizes that what is missing is love.  They may seem to be nice people, but they don't love, like the "good guys" do.   The first time I read that, I cried. 

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 5:34 PM ET
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You mean aside from the Bible? ;)

Well, yes.  I'm looking for new book recommendations, and I've already heard of that one.  :)

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 8:09 PM ET
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One that came to mind instantly was Believing God by Beth Moore.  I did the Bible study version a few years ago & LOVED it.  The book is on my WL.  It is about, as the title says, BELIEVING God, not just believing IN Him.  One thing I remember that truly impacted me was a point she made about when we go back & forth about whether or not we think it is God telling us to do something, or is it our own self, is it God's will, is it our own selfish desire, etc....she said ERR ON THE SIDE OF FAITH...& I LOVE that! 


Another book that wasn't necessarily PROFOUND but I did enjoy it & it made me think about my decision making was The Best Question Ever by Andy Stanley.  I read this last year & recommended it to everyone. 


And the last one I can think of off hand is Traveling Light by Max Lucado.  I read this a few years ago in a Sunday school class & it was REALLY good.  It was about letting go of burdens.  I feel I should read this one again since it has been a while. 


Subject: Book recommendations
Date Posted: 6/14/2008 9:01 PM ET
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I agree with Safely Home, but as of late, The Shack has really  impacted my life in ways I can't describe. Give it a chance!

tammy E

Subject: Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver
Date Posted: 6/14/2008 9:56 PM ET
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I did a Ladies group study on this and it was challenging and encouraging and difficult and wonderful. Lots of tears and smiles.

I didn't realise how many people were wishing for it.  My book is in excellent condition, but will be missing appendix A because I did the homework!!  I can't post it to my booklist, but if anyone is interested, let me know and we can make a private arrangement, maybe free with a couple of books from my list. Or if you have a book in a similar situation you'd like to trade....  I'm open to offers.



Subject: Truth Matters by Josh McDowell
Date Posted: 6/14/2008 11:02 PM ET
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Didn't think of that one at first because it has been awhile. 

I also think the year I tried to read from "My Utmost for His Highest" everyday was a year of incredible Spiritual Growth.

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 12:47 PM ET
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I second the recommendation for My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. I have used that year after year in my devotions. Another one that has impacted me very much is Loving God With All Your Mind by Elizabeth George. I really like Elizabeth George.

As far as fiction, I really enjoyed The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas, but my favorite would have to be Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston. I read it at a time when the characters really became believable to me and it brought comfort for what I was going through. I've read it many times since then and it remains a standout to me!

Subject: moving books
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 3:54 PM ET
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Besides the Bible, here are some books, both fiction and non that changed me:


The Greatest Thing in the World by Drummond

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Covey

The Power of Positive Confrontation by Pachter

Christy by Marshall

The Blue Bottle Club by Stokes

Pollyanna by Porter

Because of Wynn Dixie by Dicamillo

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:18 PM ET
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