When I tell other moms that I wake up at 5:30 each day to have a devotion and prayer time before I wake the kids I normally get one of two responses. #1 "That is crazy. I would never do that." or #2 "What are you reading at 5:30 in the morning!"
If your response would be #1, may I recommend strong coffee? You can do it!
If your response would be #2, this week I would love to share some of my favorite faith- building books. The majority of the year I wake up and read the bible, but 4 or 5 times a year I pick up a non-fiction Christian book and work my way through that. This pattern keeps those 5:30 am's fresh and nourishing my soul.
There are a few things I look for in my book selections.
- A reputable Christian author: There are millions of so-called Christian books out there that teach information that is far from biblical truth. Some of these authors are New York Times best sellers. Check the author's background. Ask your pastor, ministry leader, or friends you trust which authors they read.
- A relevant topic: There are only so many books I have time to read, so I look for books with a topic that meet a felt need in my life - meaning God has clearly said to me, "Wendy you have this need!"
- Applicable writing: I read dozens of books a year in the evening. I think of this as my entertainment reading. Reading a do in the morning is not for entertaining, it is to do draw me closer to the Lord, and help me become the women He has called me to be. I look for books that are written in a way that are applicable. Books that give me straightforward ideas to apply to my life, not just pretty words or idealized concepts.
I can't wait to share my favorites with you this week. I'd love to hear your favorites too. What books have impacted your Christian walk?