From all of us here at the Breathe blog, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you were able to find space in your heart to celebrate our King, Jesus. If you weren’t able to join us at South Bay Church for one of our Christmas Eve services, or if you want to watch it again, you can go here.
I love the week after Christmas. It’s the time of year when all the hustle and bustle winds down, and there’s a little more time and space to reflect on all that took place during the year. I like to reflect on areas I grew in and the areas I may want to put more emphasize on next year. I give myself permission to dream a little and let my mind think of possibilities and “what if’s” more than usual.
What are some of your dreams for 2018? What are some of your goals and areas you’d like to grow in? Make some time this week to reflect on what those might be for you.
One of the ways that motivates me to grow is by reading. Books have a way of capturing my heart and mind in a way that leaves lasting change. In fact, I can look back through many pivotal moments in my life, and most likely there was a book that helped push me through it. Whether it was a tough decision, complicated relationship, or a new curiosity about God and faith, books have navigated many of life’s biggest decisions, not to mention inspire me to no end.
I want to share with you my top five books that helped me grow in 2017. They are:
Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors- In 2007, Katie Davis traveled to Uganda on a short-term mission trip over Christmas break. Little did she know that going on that one trip would lead her to move to Uganda permanently and adopt thirteen little girls who had no family. Now, ten years later she shares all God has taught her through the people of Uganda and giving her life to serve them. Her story is inspiring and a reminder of what truly matters in life.
The Last Arrow by Erwin McMannus- If you have a desire and a dream to be used by God, but feel inadequate or limited by your circumstances, this book is for you. Don’t let your life just pass you by. Live every moment like it’s your last.
Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren- It is an honor to serve God and the church, but every now and then ministry can have conflict and bring criticism. If we’re not careful, it can cause us to question our calling or if it’s even worth it. It sure is! Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren, shares her story of life in ministry, why it’s still worth a little heartache, and the privilege it is to be a part of leading those around us to Jesus.
Love Lives Here by Maria Goff- Want to be inspired to live differently in your every day, mundane world? This book does that so well. Maria has a gift of knowing how to be who God’s called her to be and use the unusual to impact those around her.
Finish by Jon Acuff- Got a goal you want to finish next year? A dream you keep putting off? Whether it’s to lose weight or start a business, this book will give you what you need to get it done. Jon takes away your excuses and helps set you on a path that will help you accomplish your goals.
If you’re looking for some reading material for 2018, I can’t recommend these books enough! What books would you add to this list?