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Reading through 2012: week 15

I love reading. I’m obsessed with reading. I can literally keep myself entertained all day long if I have a good book. If you have been following me for awhile, you’ll know that I’m on a challenge of reading 52 books this year. That’s one a week. So far, I’m right on track! Here’s what I’ve been reading since my last update. (Click the book title to see it on amazon.)

#9 Sister Freaks Stories of Women Who Gave Up Everything For God by Rebecca St. James:

#10 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

#11 Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

#12 The Help by Kathryn Stockett

#13 The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

#14 Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge

#15 A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

To see books #1-8 click HERE and HERE.

Any book suggestions from you readers? What are some books that have changed your life or have inspired you or are just awesome reading? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Reading!
-beth

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Blue Like Jazz opening weekend!

The movie to one of the most life-changing books I’ve ever read is in theaters! I cannot wait to go watch it.. and I hope you do, too. Bring your friends.. :)
Blue Like Jazz challenges your view on God, life, and other people like few things ever will. I discovered God in a more real way than I ever had known Him before.. and I haven’t been the same since.

Click HERE to purchase tickets to the movie!

Go. For real. Watch it.
-beth. :)

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To Live is the Rarest Thing in the World…

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. That’s all. -Oscar Wilde


Do you truly live, or do you just exist? I think it’s good to ask ourselves this question, and ask it regularly. I happen to be reading “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper and John and I are going through “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. The combination of those two books have made me think a lot. How am I living? Am I plodding through, consumed with what’s in front of me, with all the things that I’m not even going to be able to take with me after I die? Or am I passionately pursuing what God created me to do..? My purpose?

Yesterday my pastor said this, “There’s only two things you can take with you when you die. Your relationship with God, and your relationships with people.” And yet considering where I spend my time, how high do these two things rate on my list of importance? Higher than they used to, for sure. But are they #1 and #2? It’s easy to think so. But when I take a step back and look at how I ration my little bit of time allotted to me in this life, I’m not sure that they are #1 and #2 in my life. I don’t do this to discourage myself. But to change. To rearrange my time. To put purpose behind what I do.. behind who I am.

And so I am determined, to put my focus in the right place. First on my Savior, Jesus, secondly on the people around me. Friends and family, but also on the ones I don’t know; The people I meet at the grocery store, the people I welcome to church on Sundays. And I’m determined to branch out beyond that. To meet people that don’t generally (ever?) cross my path. To help at the soup kitchen, food pantry or somewhere like that. Because, that’s really all that matters, right? To let Christ live through me and touch those around me? When I think of how He lived, how He spent his time (because I honestly think how you spend your time shows exactly where your heart is and what is important to you) He divided it between time alone with God, time with his disciples, and the rest of the time was with people who had no “claim” on his attention. I want to be just like Him.

John Piper was saying in his book how we find our deepest satisfaction and joy when our passion is in doing what God created us specifically to do. That letting Him live His life through us, we will be the most happy that we ever could be. I think that’s why happiness escapes so many people. Including me. I’m a happy person. But I can say that I’ve struggled intensely at times to find true happiness. And I think it’s because our focus is backward. We go on an epic quest to figure out what makes us happy, what can I do to make ME happy, what are the things that make ME feel alive? Instead of asking God what makes HIM happy, what are the things that make HIS soul fed? If we start from that direction, we slip into the background, and it doesn’t matter so much anymore what makes us happy. And then comes the crazy part. When we don’t care anymore about what we want, and get totally consumed in what God wants, in living His life, then we are happier than anything in the world could make us. It’s a mystery.

There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy. Psalm 43:4a
-beth
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reading through 2012: week 2

yes, i know that i missed week one. oh well. i’ll catch up with week two. :) i made a goal for 2012. to read a book a week. well, so far i’ve been exceeding that goal. which kinda is cool so if i get behind i’ll have a little extra room. enough said. here’s the books i’ve read since the new year so far.

book one: live like a jesus freak by dc talk

this book was really good for me. challenging. i call myself a jesus freak. but do i really live like one? the people who stories are scattered through this book did. and i can too. this book breaks down what it really means to live like one. radically. the way that changes the world. and the best part? you can, too.

book two: one thousand gifts by ann voskamp

this book changed my life already. literally. she finds purpose and joy and life in every moment of her life. the bad ones and the good ones alike. and so can i. the key? gratitude. it’s so simple. and yet i’ve already been seeing it change my life. thanking jesus for every moment, every little tiny thing. it changes you.

book three: god’s golden acre by dale le back

this book is a biography of the incredible real life woman named heather reynolds. someone who didn’t want to just live a normal life and turn her face from the pain and needs around her. she takes in kids whose parents have died of that horrible thing called aids. she also spends her life driving out in the mountains to help other families in need, bringing food, clothes, hope and love to people so desperately in need of them. people who don’t even have a chance to change their lives, no chance at a job. all they can do is survive. which is nearly impossible. this book shook my vision of reality.

book four: a million miles in a thousand years by donald miller

donald miller wrote this book on what he learned while editing his life to make a better story for a movie. it taught him a lot about real life. about writing our own story. not a book, not a movie, but what we do everyday, who we are. we do have control over our destiny, how we choose to live our life, live our story. and we can start writing a fresh story right now. you can, too.

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