3 Books to Inspire Bold Faith in Today’s World

Faith is fickle.  Some days you doubt the existence of God and some days you feel like God is walking right next to you holding your hand.  These giant mood swings in faith can be tough to rationalize and even tougher to discuss with other Christians.  You might think you are the only doubting Thomas,(Check out John 20: 24-29)  or maybe you read the Bible and have a hard time relating it to how we live today.  Whatever the case may be, you might feel like you need to add a little fire and a little understanding to your Biblical journey.  These 3 books will inspire bold faith in your daily life, even in today’s crazy world.

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“Shaken” by Tim Tebow

I have to be honest and say I was a little skeptical to read a book by a football star.  If it wasn’t for previous books I have read by football coach Tony Dungee, I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book.  And I would have missed out BIG TIME!

This book is one of the most humble accounts of being God’s servant I have ever read.  There were so many great little quips, quotes, and messages in this book I must have highlighted half the book.  In fact, it took me about an hour just to narrow it down to the two I have included in this post.   So many great points, and put in such a way that my brain had lightbulb moment after lightbulb moment.

Tim Tebow uses the craziness of the NFL and all of the media and hoopla surrounding it to show you in the most humble way how to have bold faith in today’s world.  I was consistently amazed at how well he did shrugging off the critics and the praises and looking to strengthen his faith in God at every turn.

If you struggle with how to live in bold faith in today’s society, this is the book you need read.  It will inspire you and humble you.

What God knows about us is more important than what others think ~ Tim Tebow

While it makes you feel good to please people, it makes you feel fulfilled to please God ~ Tim Tebow

 

Love Lives Here by Maria Goff

I won this book in a contest held by Patty Parker.  She had done a review of the book and invited people to sign up for a giveaway because she loved the book so much. (You can read Patty’s complete review HERE)  After I read the review, I signed up and low and behold I actually won something.  God puts things where they need to be, and in true God type fashion, he put this book in my hands when I needed it most.

I devoured this book, drinking it in like a man lost in the desert sucks water out of a cactus.  After I finished it, I picked it up and read it again.  I can’t remember the last time I reread a book, let alone reread it the second I was finished the first read.  This book is like a breath of fresh air in the world of books on faith.  It doesn’t beat you over the head with scripture, but gently and lovingly guides you to all the wonder that life and God hold.

This book shows what love can really do.  Love heals, love inspires, love comforts.  This book shows how Maria has lived her faith every day.  Inviting people into her home and loving on them even though she is a self-described introvert.  The forward is by her husband Bob Goff and his book Love Does is next on my list of things to read.

Maria Goff puts it all out there.  From all of life’s trials to all of God’s glory, this book will inspire you to love every single day.

 

 

 

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst 

Where I devoured Love Lives Here, Uninvited was such an intense book, I could only read it in small parts.  Of the three books, this one has the most prayer and the most scripture.  It digs deep in places most of us don’t want to dig.  This book is Lysa’s personal account of her struggles with abandonment and how she leaned on God to overcome them.

This book contains some incredible writing and some incredibly moving prayers.  If you are ready to dig deep inside your soul and shine light into the darkest places, this is a book you need to read.  If you have ever struggled with abandonment or self-esteem issues, or negative self-talk (who doesn’t!) this is a book you need to read.

I will not lie and tell you this will be easy.  This book will make you cry.  It will make you take a hard look at yourself and the things you tell yourself. This book is an intense way to bring all of the dark and hidden places into the light where God can heal them.

and that ladies and gentlemen, is COMPLETELY worth it!

The more fully we invite God in, the less we will feel uninvited by others ~ Lysa TerKeurst

 

2 Comments

  1. joleisa

    June 23, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I know I need to read anything I can put my hand on that will make me ‘confront’ my faith. The ‘problem’ is that sometimes I come up with really difficult questions that I can’t find answers for. What does one do? I feel sometimes like it’s best to not ‘probe’ any deeper, for fear that I become too confused and unsteady. Thank God He accepts me with the little faith I have. The second book sounds like the one I would most want to read. Thanks for sharing this list.

    1. Michele Cook

      June 23, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Joleisa,
      I encourage you to read Love Lives Here, it really is a fabulous book. Very honest and uplifting.

      As far as your faith, I think the probing is good. Scary, but good. It is hard to trust God to see you through to the other side. Often times I feel like God has given me so much already, why would he continue to give, what if next time he says “you’ve had enough”, but the more I read books like these, read the Bible and pray, the more I realize he is always here, accepting of us even when we are being disrespectful brats. Patient enough to wait for us to come back around.

      Let me know how you like the book,
      Michele

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