I finally had a chance to do a little reading during the month of May, and boy did I realize how much I missed it! I have several books lined up to read for June, and I can’t wait to make reading more of a priority.
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Do you struggle irrational, debilitating fear? Do you live with a constant state of dread looming and overtaking your life? Not only can I point you to a few of my blog posts (Dear Mom Who Struggles to Trust God with Her Children, When Fear Grips Your Life…to name a few), but now I can also point you to this book. Susie knows first hand what it’s like to live with this type of fear. After witnessing a horrific tragedy as a girl, her life was turned upside down and fear became her constant companion. Susie shares what she learned over nearly a decade of dealing with panic attacks and paralyzing fear, and how it all boils down to one thing : trusting God. If you’re the victim of a life-changing event that’s rocked your world, or simply fear the world we live in, you are not alone. Don’t fight the fear alone. I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with daily fear, anxiety, and worry.
Though I hadn’t read a Lee Strobel book until this one, I had heard great things about his writing. A former atheist journalist turned Christian, Strobel shares the truth about Christ with a factual, practical perspective. Perhaps not the emotionally packed argument for hope that I was going for, Strobel does his job well, laying out the case for hope (i.e. Jesus) with a convincing argument for the weary, perhaps skeptical, at heart. If you’re needing some Biblical hard facts and straight-shooting Truths, this is the book for you.
Warning: grab a tissue (or the whole box) before cracking this heart-wrenching, gut-twisting book. This moving story revolves around twenty-six year old Louisa, an aimless girl living a safe, lackluster life, and Will, a recent quadriplegic struggling to adjust to his immobility. Louisa is hired as Will’s caregiver and companion, which is the beginning of an unlikely friendship. Without giving too much away, Moyes’ on-point ability to bring to light a sensitive scenario from a variety of perspectives adds depth and understanding to an otherwise controversial topic. Her poignant writing and character development strikes the perfect balance between comprehensive and wanting more. While I don’t agree with all of angles presented in this book, and (warning!) some strong language, I can appreciate the book for what it is: a captivating, impossible story shedding light on a scenario few can understand.
Overall, while I truly enjoyed these books, they were a bit on the heavy side. I’m ready for some lighter, summer reading for June, so stay tuned for that.
What have YOU been reading lately? I’d love some suggestions on what should I read next!
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