A few people have asked if I had a list of books that I'd recommend and so, I thought I'd write about several of them that I've found myself recommending recently. Ready? Here goes!
The Celebration of Discipline
Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978.
In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.
Foster, the bestselling author of several books (Prayer and Streams of Living Water) and intrachurch movement founder of Renovaré, helps motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.
◈ I find myself talking about this book a lot as it pertains to discipleship and the spiritual disciplines. I only discovered it in the last five years and I'm forever indebted to Mike Godzwa for this one! [Purchase on Amazon]
How to Win Friends & Influence People
For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century! Learn:
• Three fundamental techniques in handling people
• The six ways to make people like you
• The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking
• The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
◈ I read this book for the first time as a young teenager and I've revisited every few years. It really helps sharpen relational skills and provides memorable insights. [Purchase on Amazon]
The Imitation of Christ
This classic of Christian devotional literature has brought understanding and comfort to millions for centuries. Both Protestants and Catholics — as well as mystics and historians of religious thought — have studied these meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus, finding in them a path to prayer and spiritual guidance. Written in a candid and conversational style, The Imitation of Christ discusses liberation from worldly inclinations, recollection as a preparation for prayer, the consolations of prayer, and the place of eucharistic communion in a devout life. With its simple, readable text, this translation will appeal to new readers as well as to those already familiar with this religious classic.
◈ Hannah and I are reading this book together right now. I stumbled upon an old copy of it in a used bookstore (I know, so hipster). It's packed full of gut-wrenching challenge and Spirit-inspired encouragement. And for less than a buck on Kindle, how can you go wrong? [Purchase on Amazon]
We believe there is tremendous power in each person's story.
Inciting Incidents combines the unique stories from six creatives (artists, musicians, writers, thinkers, and leaders) managing the tensions between their faith, their place in life, and their work as artists. It is a collective call to face life's imperfections and difficulties while attempting to do the great things we all want to do. By capturing this next generation's battle between idealism and reality-which is where so many of us find ourselves existing each day-these storytellers pave the way for a better understanding of those moments that truly shape us.
The reader will be challenged to use their own art and their own life stories to find their way in God's Kingdom. The end result is that God has created each of us, uniquely, and we each have a unique, growing part to play in His Story.
Dealing with topics like anxiety, leadership, creativity, and perfectionism-every creative has much to glean and commiserate within these pages.
◈ Blaine Hogan and Mandy Thompson have both been important influences in my life, especially as I've processed how anxiety and depression have been part of my story. If you get any book on the list, get this one! [Purchase on Amazon]
Note: All descriptions were taken from the wonderful conglomerate known as Amazon.com.